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.
Welcome to Succulent City
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.
2022 Events and Programs @ Life Do Grow Farm
Community Food Education Series @ Life Do Grow Farm
Join us EVERY TUESDAY from 5-7pm to participate in workshops focused on building personal and collective sovereignty including: Urban Agriculture & Earth Science, Cooking & Culinary Arts, and Herbal Medicine Making. All workshops are FREE, and open to the public. All ages welcome. We will also have a small Farm Stand from 4-6pm where you can purchase fresh produce grown at Life Do Grow farm.
**Please note, that classes will not take place on July 19th or September 6th, or when there is inclement weather
Upcoming Events & Programs
Mobile Market & Neighborhood Marketplace
Over the course of 2020-21, we operated a Mobile Market in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic 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.
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.
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!