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Mission Statement

Philly Rooted strives to grow community and support the local food economy by developing urban farms and consulting developers, municipal government, private businesses and non-profits on how to incorporate urban agriculture into their policy and design.

History of the Organization

Philly Rooted was founded by Erica and Nic in Philadelphia, PA in 2010.  Their partnership began in 2008 when they started The Woodlands Community Garden under the umbrella of UC Green.  Erica has a B.A. in Biology from Haverford College and a Master’s Degree in Horticulture from the University of California, Davis.  She has worked at public gardens throughout the Philadelphia area, including Bartram’s Garden, Longwood Gardens, Tyler Arboretum, and the Camden Children’s Garden. Nic has worked on farms through the United States and South America, as the garden educator for University of Pennsylvania’s Urban Nutrition Initiative and at the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.  Nic and Erica are both on the UC Green Advisory Committee and the Landscape Committee at The Woodlands Cemetery and Trust where they manage The Woodlands Community Garden.


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