The Hansberry Garden and Nature Center builds community by offering organic gardening, educational programs, and fresh, wholesome produce to an underserved neighborhood.
Our organic garden gives the people of Southwest Germantown a beautiful green space — and the invaluable opportunity to grow fresh produce with our own hands. Garden members gather regularly to maintain the garden, to share knowledge, food, and company, and to make new friends in the community.
Kelly Green Project
HGNC’s partnership with the nearby John B. Kelly School aims to transform its decaying and underused schoolyard. The Kelly Green Project incorporates a student garden, environmental and nutrition education, and an effort to revitalize the school grounds with green spaces and a working playground.
Hansberry Garden participates in the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s City Harvest program, a partnership with urban gardeners that makes fresh, nutritious produce more widely available to Philadelphians in need. Several Hansberry Garden plots are dedicated to City Harvest.
Our Farm Stand operates during the growing season, offering fresh produce and baked goods to the community at low or no cost. The friendly volunteers who staff the Farm Stand introduce neighbors to new varieties of fruits and vegetables and offer advice about how to cook unfamiliar items.
Hansberry Garden and Nature Center hosts social and educational events like concerts, potlucks, plant sales, and workshops that make use of the idyllic garden setting to showcase local musicians, share the delicious results of our horticultural efforts, and strengthen community ties.