Emerald Street Urban Farm Project is a neighborhood run urban farm/garden founded by Elissa Ruse and              Patrick Dunn in 2009. Patrick and Elissa joined with their neighbors and reclaimed 5 vacant lots on thecorner of Emerald and Dauphin Streets. The space was originally filled with trash, a broken VW van and overgrown with weeds.



Now there are 5 raised beds, which grow all kinds of produce. In 2010 there are plans for planting a mini orchard and perennial berry, herb and flower garden. Also, in 2010 one bed was opened up to community members and 4 plots were created for personal gardening. ESUF holds farm stands every other Saturday starting May 8th on location. In addition they hold workshops and events on a monthly basis. Through community outreach and education, ESUF hopes to directly connect people to the food they eat and the neighbors they share it with.

Love is in the Veggies! Come grow some Love with us!


10 responses to “About

  1. This is so exciting, and the logo is wonderful!

    Blatant commercial here: Folks interested in making community gardens in the Philly area can meet like-minded people and learn how at the Horticultural Society’s Garden Tenders Training, starting April 1. Contact gardentenders at pennhort.org for more info.

  2. Jeremy Avellino

    I love the logo and Im so excited that y’all are doing this!

  3. Angela

    Hi! I’d like to get involved/volunteer, but not sure how to get in touch with you all. I met some folks at Shadfest, but I seem to have lost the flier with the Emerald Street contact info…

  4. Kara Horwitz

    Hi, I live in the fishtown kensington community and was wondering how to get involved with what your doing.

  5. this is great.
    If anyone wants to sell some of the veggies from here, I’d rather buy here and put money back into it than the stores.
    Let me know.

  6. Amanda

    Congrats on a job well done so far! I learned about this exciting project through a flier my friend saw at Rocket Cat.

    My husband and I are in the process of buying a house on Emerald! Where is the lot? I’d love to help out!

  7. Maura

    i could not find any info on your website that revealed where your lot is located on Emerald St. What are the cross streets…Emerald and what?

  8. Holy shit! Those before and after pics are amazing.

    Color me impressed!

  9. I would love to get involved!1 What should i do to Volunteer, and be part of teaching yoga??

  10. William Gered

    As with Angela and Kara, I would like to get involved. Let me know what when and whre so I can plan ahead.


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