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Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Connects with Penn State Extension’s Harvest 4-Health Program

Posted: May 1, 2012

Penn State Extension 4-H continues its work with The Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Department (PPR) with the development of three new gardens and the expansion of three existing gardens.
Harvest 4-Health

Harvest 4-Health

The new gardens are located at Happy Hollow Playground (Northwest Philadelphia), The Lee Cultural Center (West Philadelphia), and Max Myers Playground (Northeast Philadelphia); the existing gardens are Kingsessing Recreation Center (Southwest Philadelphia), Mander Playground (North Philadelphia), and Capitolo Playground (South Philadelphia). In 2010, Penn State Extension 4-H Programs introduced the College of Agricultural Sciences’ Dean, Dr. Bruce McPheron’s Harvest4-Health (H4H) Program to 20 Recreation Centers and currently facilitate the H4H Program with ten of the program’s pilot sites.

The partnership between Penn State Extension 4-H and PPR provides 4-H Programs with the opportunity to develop a stronger connection to our Penn State Extension Philadelphia Master Gardeners.  4-H staff and Master Gardeners will work together at the six PPR sites through Spring and Summer of 2012 with plans to create a sustainable environment in these gardens to provide community education in future years.

Ty Gross, Happy Hollow Playground Coordinator believes that “the development of urban gardens in Philadelphia Recreation Centers is a unique program that offers an alternative for youth participation other than sports. This program also promotes healthy eating, provides a learning program for youth, creates jobs, brings kids and adults together, and enhances programs at Recreation Centers”.