The backyard of The Partnership CDC was recently given a face-lift, transformed from its past of concrete to a much more aesthetically and environmentally pleasing Greenhouse. The Greenhouse was built to show the rest of West Philadelphia that The Partnership CDC is ready to do some ground breaking work in the city and make it more sustainable and healthy for all.
The work of the Partnership CDC has been so significant that we were awarded the Community Conservation Grant from the Philadelphia Zoo. The Greenhouse, characterized as the “doorway to the future” by Executive Director Steven Williams, has been a major milestone in the Partnership CDC’s mission of greening Philadelphia one block at a time. It is one of the many facets of The Partnership CDC’s Green and Healthy Initiative Programs. These programs are designed to decrease unhealthy environmental factors in homes, provide hands- on project- based training for West Philadelphia’s emerging green economy and green professionals, and increase the economic health of families by lowering home energy costs and building financial literacy. By addressing these issues in our community, we have been able to create a model that we hope to have replicated throughout the city.
Of course, we didn’t do this alone. The City of Philadelphia’s R.I.S.E. program, BioNeighbors, ECA, Sci-West, LISC, The City of Philadelphia’s Office of Housing and Community Development (OHCD), The Enterprise Center and PECO, along with our dedicated volunteers, have all been instrumental in making these programs as effective and wide reaching as possible. Also, the employees of The Partnership CDC have been the backbone of this program. Our structural engineers, Dave Young and Mike Brown were the main catalysts of the group that designed and built the greenhouse, cultivated the greens, and provided the knowledge and morale for the rest of the team. Without this substantial help, the Greenhouse and other Green and Healthy Initiative Programs would have been impossible.
The microgreens and herbs found within the Greenhouse are described by Alix Howard as “delicious”, and all of these plants will be used for environmental, educational or edible purposes. This is a new turning point in urban farming, and we invite you to come see it for yourself! Because of all the Green and Healthy Initiative Programs by The Partnership CDC, Philadelphia will go green one block at a time.