Penn Park Orchard

The Penn Park Orchard aims to educate and create access to local food for both Penn and the wider Philadelphia community. Events open to anyone include orchard maintenance, edible plant workshops and pick-your-own harvests. The orchard is home to strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, juneberries, figs, and a host of other fruits, nuts, and herbs. The Penn Park Orchard is affiliated with the Philadelphia Orchard Project.

Penn Food and Wellness Collaborative

The Penn Food and Wellness Collaborative is a new initiative bringing together partners from the Center for Public Health Initiatives, Facilities and Real Estate Services, Wellness at Penn, Penn Sustainability, and others across Penn. This year marks the expansion of the Penn Park Orchard into Penn’s first campus urban farm, the Penn Park Farm. The farm will be host to a wide variety of programming including class visits, internships, workshops, volunteer opportunities, and events, with an emphasis on promoting wellness on campus. The main location for the Penn Food and Wellness Collaborative will be the Penn Park Farm, located in Penn Park, one of Penn’s largest green spaces. The farm boasts rows of vegetables, newly tilled beds, and a hoop house for season extension. The farm utilizes sustainable growing practices. Learn more about the Penn Food and Wellness Collaborative by following their social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram).

Penn Student Garden

The Penn Student Garden is a raised-bed organic garden located between Harrison House and Spruce St. Founded as a Green Fund project by a group of students in 2009, the garden serves as a shared educational space for the Penn and West Philadelphia communities. As of Spring 2019, the Penn Garden is now a part of the Agatston Urban Nutrition Initiative (AUNI).

Participants learn about and explore organic agriculture, sustainable food production, and the botany of urban ecosystems. Open work-days are held on a monthly basis during the growing season, and a variety of events, workshops, and gatherings are hosted throughout the year.

Our Harvest:

Garden Vegetables: beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, celery, collards, cucumbers, eggplant, kale, lettuce, okra, peppers, potatoes, spinach, squash, tomatoes, and turnips.

Medicinal and Culinary Herbs: basil, fennel, lemon balm, mint, oregano, parsley, sage, tulsi (holy basil), thyme, and velarium.

Flowers: alpine aster, catmint, calendula, camomile, echinacea, golden rod, joe-pye-weed, peebam, and yarrow.

Drop Off Your Compost

In the spring of 2018, a composting collection at the Penn Student Garden launched. The program is available to any Penn members (students, faculty, and staff) interested in composting their food scraps. Please visit the Bennett Compost website for a list of accepted items. For more information, please contact sustainability@upenn.edu.

Stay in Touch 

Stay current on the most recent updates on the AUNI Facebook page

Edible Campus Map

Points on Penn's Edible Campus Map show the approximate locations of trees on campus with edible fruits, leaves, and nuts.