Volunteers needed to help secure grants for potential East Falls community garden

The East Falls Community Council is looking for someone interested in helping to cultivate and grow a plan for a neighborhood garden.

The civic is seeking a volunteer to attend technical assistance training workshops to learn about ways to secure grants for vacant land use, with a goal of perhaps creating an East Falls community garden next year.

As PlanPhilly’s Ashley Hahn reported, the city has several Community Land Trusts, or CLTs, through which neighborhood groups can take ownership of, and provide stewardship for, vacant land for use as development sites and gardens.

Tom Sauerman of the EFCC said the group hasn’t picked a particular location, but there are several vacant, city-owned parcels in East Falls that could make good targets. The group has one potential volunteer, but is ideally looking for someone who can attend both training sessions, which will be held in July.

The training is scheduled to take place from 12:30 – 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 17 and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, July 18. If you’re interested and available and would like to represent the EFCC, contact Sauerman at TomSauerman@gmail.com.

NewsWorks has partnered with independent news gatherer PlanPhilly to provide regular, in-depth, timely coverage of planning, zoning and development news. Contact Amy Z. Quinn at azquinn@planphilly.com.

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