Community Programs

Advocate Workshops:

TCG is beginning workshops at the Advocate Center associated with Church of the Advocate on Gratz and Diamond Street in North Philadelphia. Programming is geared toward 6-12th grade students. “Have you ever thought about starting a garden? Do you like to cook, or are interested in learning? This workshop will introduce topics related to plant science and care, including how to eat what you grow! Students will learn how to start seeds, plant them outdoors, monitor their growth, and cook a dish using fresh garden ingredients. No previous experience required.” [ Workshop Info ] [ Register Here ]


Kairos House:

Our Kairos House program is a collaboration with residents of the shelter located at Jefferson & Broad. The members of Kairos House have garden beds at our main vegetable garden (Diamond St), and have also been growing inside their historical building!  If you are interested in helping out with our Kairos House program, please contact our wonderful coordinator Lydia Smith [ ] Kairos House | 1440 N Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19121

Sonia Sanchez Garden:

In addition to our main garden, TCG maintains a flower garden across the street on the corner of Carlisle and Diamond. The garden is located beneath a mural dedicated to Sonia Sanchez, the former poet laureate of Philadelphia. Our goal is to use this space to expand our knowledge of non-edibles by experimenting with perennials, annuals, shrubs, and bulbs that compliment the beauty of the mural. 

Penrose Recreation Center:

This Spring, Temple Community Garden plans to start up our Penrose afterschool program again. The program was temporarily put on hold as Penrose Community Center was being renovated. Out afterschool program focuses on sustainability, healthy eating, and urban farming. It also serves as an opportunity for Temple students to help kids with their homework and serve as mentors in our community. If you are interested in getting involved with our Penrose program, send us an email (

Blaine Elementary and City Year:

In the fall of 2013, we partnered with members of City Year at Blaine Elementary School. The goal was to raise money and provide students with fresh fruit and vegetable smoothies on select mornings of the school week. After matching the funds we raised at our Feast that fall with funds from our budget and received a $1,000 donation from Daiichi Sankyo Inc., we were able to donate $2,800 for the cause.
The smoothie project has been a great success so far! Alison Merrick, former TCG president and City Year member at Blaine, says that the smoothies are proving to be a great initiative for students to get to school on time and to eat their breakfast.
To hear more out the smoothie project, check out this post on the City Year Philadelphia blog:

Photos courtesy of Alison Merrick