In the fall of 2015, Pastorius Community Gardens, in partnership with Germantown Mennonite Historic Trust and Men Who Care of Germantown, began to organize and plan a community garden and fruit orchard in East Central Germantown.
As we build a beautiful green space and create access to affordable organic nutrition, we also aim to tell the story of historic Germantown through a large variety of heirloom plants. In addition to twelve community garden beds, we have built two exhibition beds that bring to life the story of the diverse cultures that have settled here in Germantown.
With our work, we hope to create a space where our economically and culturally diverse community can be brought together and begin to empower one another through positive and productive projects, educational workshops, fresh produce, and skill exchange opportunities. In the spring of 2017 we installed a permaculture fruit orchard in partnership with Philadelphia Orchards Project. Our fruit orchard and organic community garden has transformed the underused, 7200 square foot lot into a destination – a peaceful and productive green space for all to enjoy.