The Urban Creators is a platform for radical and collaborative imagination. Since 2010 we have used food, art, and education as tools to nurture resilience and self-determination in our neighborhood. Now, we are supporting the emergence of a new generation of Urban Creators, organizers, artists, growers, and local businesses who are working to build equity and collective liberation in our communities.
Life Do Grow (LDG) is a Neighborhood Creative Commons, situated in the heart of North Central Philadelphia on the ancestral lands of the indigenous Lenni-Lenape. LDG is a dynamic and ever-evolving ecosystem of creative ideas, currently comprised of an urban farm, public park, outdoor classroom, community marketplace, venue for artistic and cultural expression, and co-working/co-creation space for local businesses, artists, organizers, growers, and creators. It is a canvas for ingenuity; a safe-space to explore boundaries, discover passions, and experiment with new ideas; a hub for community to organize, build equity, and foster economic opportunity; and an organic garden where we can all connect more deeply with the earth and one another.
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2021 Recap Video "Honoring Legacy & Envisioning New Futures"
Check out our 2021 Recap Video to get an intimate lense into our work over the past year including our Mobile Markets, Educational Programs, Community Design Process, and Legacy Mural installation.
Community Food Education Series @ Life Do Grow Farm
This fall, we hosted a series of Community Food Education workshops at Life Do Grow farm. For 12 weeks, community members joined us every Wednesday to participate in workshops focused on: Urban Agriculture & Earth Science, African Diaspora Cooking, and Herbal Medicine Making. We are so grateful for our three incredible facilitators (Dr. Hall, Nyambi Royster, and Deja Martin) and to all our community members who helped make this new program so meaningful.
Stay tuned for more information about the workshop series starting back in up in the Spring of 2022!!
Mobile Market & Neighborhood Marketplace
Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have operated a Mobile Market to make fresh produce and other critical resources accessible throughout our North Philadelphia community. Between 2020 and 2021, we organized 198 markets at 8 Key locations throughout North Philadelphia. Through these efforts, and several key partners, we distributed approximately 67,000lbs of produce, 104,135 fresh meals, 35,300 diapers, 122,872 menstrual products, 1,178 books, and hundreds of PPE items to our community. In 2021, we also began to host several local artists and vendors during our markets at Life Do Grow farm as a way of supporting the emergence of a hyper-localized economy in North Philly.
We will be taking a break for the winter season, but stay tuned for more information about when we start our markets back up again in the spring of 2022!!
Take a virtual tour of our 2020 Mobile Market at historic North Philadelphia locations including the Church of the Advocate and Uptown Theater.
Learn about our 2020 Neighborhood Marketplace and Free Breakfast program at Life Do Grow farm.
Find out about virtual programs and live events happening near you! And if you are an artist, curator, organizer, or educator, click here to learn more about how you can promote your programs/events on our website and virtual calendar.
Social Impact & Sustainability Consulting
The Urban Creators have 10+ years of experience building sustainable and equitable communities. We offer a range of consulting services related to: Team building and collaborative leadership; vision building and strategic planning; community organizing and engagement; organizational and business development; financial management and capacity building; program design and evaluation; event planning and curation; and sustainable landscaping, development, and agriculture. Please contact us at: [email protected] to learn more, and explore ways that we can help you develop your own social impact and sustainability projects
Custom Garden Design and Development
The Urban Creators have 10+ years of experience installing organic gardens, designed to fit all kinds of physical spaces. Please contact us at: [email protected] to learn more, and explore how we can help you create your own garden today!
School Garden Design
The Urban Creators specialize in engaging school communities in the design and implementation of educational gardens and sustainability programs. Please contact us at: [email protected] to learn more about how we can help you create your own living and learning ecosystem!