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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 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.

Life Do Grow Farm: Community Design Process

As we enter our second decade and prepare to advocate for the long-term preservation of our land, we are hosting a series of in-person and virtual community design meetings to center our community in building a vision for the future of Life Do Grow farm and our surrounding neighborhood. 

If you are a North Philadelphia resident, stakeholder, or partner, please complete the survey to guide and inform the ways in which we grow over the next several years. 

**All responses will be kept completely confidential, and will only be used by Urban Creator staff to inform our programs, projects, events, offerings, and Community Designs for the future.**

Watch this recap of our first in-person community design meeting on 6/26/21 where community members came together to share ideas and visions for the future of Life Do Grow farm, and set core values and priorities as the foundation of our design process.

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, meals, PPE, diapers, feminine hygiene products, books, voter registration, and other critical resources accessible throughout our North Philadelphia community. See bellow for more information, photos, and video’s of our markets. 

We will be taking a break for the winter season, but stay tuned for more information about when we start 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.

Resources

Whether you live in Philly, NYC, or somewhere else in the country, please use our RESOURCE PAGE as a tool to find information about resources near you, or to explore ways that you can ‘Be A Resource’ in supporting social & environmental justice.

Upcoming Events

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.

'Resident Creator' Membership Program

The Urban Creators is, at its core, a platform for creation. We are committed to supporting the emergence of radical new ideas, as well as a new generation of growers, artists, educators, organizers, healers, and social entrepreneurs whose values align with ours and whose work will have a meaningful and lasting impact on our community.  The purpose of our ‘Resident Creator’ program, i.e. ‘The Platform’, is to offer a safe, inclusive, and resource-rich environment for emerging creators to experiment with new ideas, foster relationships, and build equity, while contributing to the overall health and resilience of our community.

Click here to learn more about our ‘Resident Creator’ Membership Program

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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: admin@phillyurbancreators.org 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: admin@phillyurbancreators.org 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: admin@phillyurbancreators.org to learn more about how we can help you create your own living and learning ecosystem!