From Urban Farm Bike Rider to Dedicated Volunteer: Laura Silverman

Laura Silverman photo

In this season of giving and gratitude, we want to express our thanks by lifting up the story of one of our amazing volunteers. In September 2016, Food Moxie staff noticed the photos and tweets Laura Silverman posted of that year’s Urban Farm Bike Ride, and we liked them so much we invited Laura to visit and document our programs. 

She photographed a cooking class at Stenton Family Manor, and then headed over to “Farm Club,” our program at Martin Luther King High School that helps students affected by intellectual disabilities and autism learn life skills. After spending a chilly March morning in 2017 learning about and planting seeds in the greenhouse with students and the Food Moxie staff, Laura was hooked. She has enjoyed many Wednesday mornings since then alongside the students, planting, transplanting, weeding, harvesting and preparing the garden for winter.

Laura chronicles the high school students’ work, and says that it’s “immensely rewarding to observe the students’ curiosity and their delight in hands-on learning about agriculture, from working hard in the garden to making delicious dips with herbs and sampling fresh mustard greens that they planted themselves.” 

To learn more about long-term volunteering with one of Food Moxie’s programs, email