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Penn Garden

About Us

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:

Penn Park Orchard: almonds, apples, apricots, asparagus, blackberries, cherries (sweet & sour), currants, elderberry, figs, gumi berry, grapes, hazelnuts, kiwis, paw paws, peaches, pears, persimmon, plums, raspberries, serviceberries, and strawberries.

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.

Get Involved

The Penn Garden is always looking for Penn community members to get involved! Whether you are hoping to volunteer for a few hours or for a whole season, there is a place for you at the garden. We welcome organizations, offices, and student groups to inquire about setting up a volunteer session or workshop. 

Please contact Lila Bhide with questions or to get involved. 

Stay in Touch 

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