In Philadelphia, there are over 300 community gardens, many of which have been cultivated in historically-disinvested neighborhoods or on abandoned land through the cooperative efforts of neighborhood residents. These gardens serve as community anchors, and provide safe, healthy green spaces and a source of fresh, affordable produce. Often community gardeners steward land owned by the city or by private tax-delinquent owners. Without legal land tenure, the future of these gardens is at risk. Neighborhood Gardens Trust’s mission is to preserve Philadelphia’s community gardens and shared open spaces so that residents can cultivate food, flowers, and community. Relaunched in 2014, the organization is now Philadelphia’s leading land trust. The Neighborhood Garden Trust has preserved more than 40 community gardens.

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