Growing Green Communities through Urban Gardening in Haddington

Allison Rague, Jefferson Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University
Zach Goldstein, Jefferson Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University

Academic Preceptor: Carl Pitts, PT, DPT, Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson College of Health Professionals, Department of Physical Therapy

Community Preceptor: Skip Wiener, Urban Tree Connection

Community Site: Urban Tree Connection


Allison, Krista, and Zach worked on a farm and surrounding community gardens with high school students from Philadelphia Youth Network (PYN). The 25 PYN youths were divided into groups and focused on different projects related to urban gardening. The groups included social media, marketing, garden/landscape design, environmental education, and construction/ farm maintenance. Each youth was given the opportunity to explore his or her own interests within the realm of farming.