A garden is for sharing

We’ve had a robust year! We hired our first intern, long time Hansberry Garden member, George Bryant. George coordinated summer garden activities at the John B. Kelly Elementary School in coordination with Hansberry’s Kelly Green Project.

The John B. Kelly Elementary school garden offered free organic produce to our neighbors through the summer under George’s organization and with the help of volunteers.
George also hosted four summer camp visits at Hansberry Garden. Here campers from St. Luke’s have fun filling up their newly planted echinacea with water. A fun time for these little gardeners!

We continued our connection with Philadelphia’s City Harvest program. Hansberry Garden donated over 200 pounds of produce to Canaan Baptist Church’s Family Life Center.

Our Farm Stand provided over 40 pounds of locally grown produce at little or no cost to our neighbors. Your generous gift will help us to sustain our ability to share healthy produce, nurtured by dedicated gardeners, with those who need it most.

Hansberry’s Farm Stand was a hit! Local, organic, and fresh veggies were very popular and could be had either for a donation or for free.

Our beautiful green space has continued to be a destination for more than the birds and butterflies. Middle school students from Germantown Friends discovered the wonders of gardening and sustainability.

An Ursinus College writing class learned about HGNC’s unique history from seasoned members. Our hope is that the inspiration they gained from experiencing the natural world in such an intimate manner proved educational.

Writing students from Ursinus College visited Hansberry this year. Long-time HGNC member Dennis Barnebey provided them with a great overview of Hansberry’s mission and 10+ year history in Germantown.

It was your donation and support that allow us to facilitate programs that impact an often neglected community. That’s why we’re asking for your continued support to make similar programs possible in the future.

Don’t forget that you’re also helping to sustain an organization that allows friends and neighbors to practice food independence and build a stronger community.

HGNC Gardener Janet Peterman led a very educational workshop on how to put your bed to rest for the winter.
Not ones to avoid hard work, gardeners went to work putting Janet’s advice into action!

We’re always looking at ways to improve the garden so that we can better serve our members and mission. Hansberry built a new fence with the help of a number of gardeners and supporters. Thanks to our Landscape & Maintenance Chair, Chris Mendel’s knowledge and skill, this project (which is a small part of our larger Master Plan for the garden) was compeleted in record time!

This gate will facilitate easier access to the garden for soil and mulch drop offs and create a more inviting garden. Help strengthen our ability to help others by donating today.

One frame down! One more to go!
The gate is finished!

There’s so much we want to share with Germantown: education, healthy food, and an appreciation for the natural world. Your tax-deductible contribution will help us continue to positively impact our neighborhood.

Thank you for your continued support.


Leonard Darville Jones ~ President, Hansberry Garden & Nature Center

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