Educate. Energize. Empower. Unite.

About Us

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 North Philadelphia. 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 an Urban Farm and 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.

Honoring Legacy & Envisioning New Futures

Over the course of 2021-22, we facilitated a Community Design Process that engaged community members, stakeholders, and partners in building a long-term vision for the future of Life Do Grow farm. Along with these designs for the future, we also worked closely with our neighbors and members of the Nanticoke Lenape Nation to honor the history of our sacred land, legacy of Lenapehoking (“Land of the Lenape People”), and celebrate our North Philadelphia community.

2022 Legacy Project

Learn more about the history of our land and community by clicking here to access a PDF of our full Legacy Project installation

2021 Community Design Process

Learn more about our Community Design process by clicking here to access a PDF of the design plans for the future of Life Do Grow

Thank you to the American Institute of Architects for awarding us the 2022 Paul Sehnert Award for “Excellence in Design, Collaboration, and Impact” for our community design plans for Life Do Grow Farm!!

Welcome to Succulent City

We are extremely proud to share that the Urban Creators and Life Do Grow farm were featured in a short film called “Succulent City”, produced by PhillyCam, that was a part of the Smithsonian Museum’s 2021-22 FUTURES WE DREAM’ exhibition. Being welcomed into this community of artists, creators, and ‘future weavers’ is a true honor for us, and we are extremely grateful for the opportunity. You can learn more about the incredible exhibition, the first of its kind exploring themes of sustainable futures, HERE

Upcoming Events & Programs

As a seasonal urban farm, we will not be hosting events over the winter.
Please check back in early spring for a full 2023 Event & Program lineup

Our Services

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!