A Food Forest Grows In Pennsport

The 500 block of Mercy Street in the Pennsport neighborhood has almost 20 vacant lots. This little loophole of a block is currently unrepresented by any civic association and no grants, projects or improvement ventures have even mentioned it–until now. Thanks to University of Delaware graduate¬†Robyn Mello (a community organizer, activist and gardener),¬†Philly Food Forests has been born to transform these vacant lots into public gardens and public space. Since the first piece of trash was picked up 4 months ago in September, 12 of the 18 lots have already been cleared and are ready to plant. Look for a new community garden headed up by Mello right up the block on 5th and Moore Streets.