Weavers Way Farms represents the Co-op’s Ends in action: Our farm department operates working farms in Northwest Philadelphia that provide learning opportunities for our communities as well as fresh, environmentally responsible food.
At our two farm locations, Weavers Way grows more than 50 different types of vegetables and fruit on 6.5 acres, supplying farmers markets, the Weavers Way Co-op stores and the Henry Got Crops CSA with fresh produce. With roots in a volunteer-run garden, the farms now employ five full-time farmers during the growing season. Through the nonprofit Weavers Way Community Programs, community members and students visit the farms and get their hands dirty planting, weeding, harvesting, tasting and learning about growing healthy food. We also donate food to local organizations that serve our communities.
Mort Brooks Memorial Farm at Awbury Arboretum
1011 E. Washington Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19138
In 2000, Norma Brooks and other co-op members established the Mort Brooks Memorial Farm in honor of Norma's husband, a longtime Weavers Way Board member. This group of volunteers evolved into the Farm Committee, which continues to support the farms. In 2007, Weavers Way hired its first farm manager to produce food for the Mt. Airy store at the Mort Brooks Farm. Since its establishment, the surrounding land has grown into Awbury Agricultural Village, home to many new farming ventures. This farm site hosts our greenhouse, where we start our seedlings.
Henry Got Crops Farm at Saul High School
7095 Henry Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19128
Henry Got Crops is a collaboration of Weavers Way Co-op, Weavers Way Community Programs, W.B. Saul Agricultural High School and Philadelphia Parks and Recreation.
The farm is on the grounds of Saul High School in Roxborough, on land owned by PPR on the edge of Wissahickon Park. Henry Got Crops emerged in 2009 from an existing partnership between the Co-op and the high school. Saul students are involved with every aspect of the farm, from hands-on fieldwork to newsletter writing, applied research and summer internships. The farm continues to grow — in 2012, we planted a 1.5-acre fruit and nut orchard. Another exciting part of the project, Henry Got Compost, turns manure from the Saul dairy barn and the Philadelphia Zoo and vegetable waste from Bennett Compost into high-quality compost for our fields and for resale. (Email firstname.lastname@example.org for info about compost deliveries.)