Hope Garden at Stenton Family Manor

Photo Credit - Laurie Beck
Photo Credit - Laurie Beck

In 2009, WWCP founded the Hope Garden at Stenton Family Manor, the city's first homeless shelter to host a production and education garden on its grounds. Located in Mt. Airy, Stenton is one of the largest emergency housing facilities for homeless families in Philadelphia, providing shelter to more than 200 individuals, with a youth population as high as 150.

WWCP provides programs for residents to learn pesticide-free gardening and cooking with fresh vegetables and herbs. Residents and community volunteers assist WWCP staff in growing and harvesting food for shelter meal preparation while learning sustainable farming practices. Shelter teens and youth benefit from farm-education activities provided as part of Stenton’s after-school programming and on-site summer camp program.  Further, WWCP donates hundreds of pounds of food to the Stenton kitchen each year, as well as providing a weekly raffle of fresh produce to the Stenton staff.