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Causes: Botanical Gardens & Arboreta, Environment

Mission: Greener Partners' mission is connecting communities through food, farms and education. Through our projects and programs we seek to: *Increase and strengthen public access to fresh, seasonal and local food. *Train new farmers in resilient farming techniques and to achieve success in the growing local food economy. *Educate people of all ages about the origins of their food and empower them to create healthy communities.

Results: We reach over 7,500 students a year through our on-farm and farm-to-school youth education programs. In this past year, we worked with over 60 urban teens through our SOL Food program. We've distributed over 10,000 of produce from our two farm hubs to area non-profits, food pantries, and food service organizations.

Target demographics: children, youth, teens, adults, seniors, families, communities. We also provide extensive outreach through education and food access initiatives to low-income communities in Chester, Norristown, and North Philadelphia.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 10,000

Geographic areas served: Delaware, Montgomery, Chester and Philadelphia counties.

Programs: Seed to Snack (farm-to-school, nutrition focused education for youth); SOL Food (teen empowerment and training program in urban agriculture); First Generation Farmers Program (two-year apprenticeship training program for aspiring farmers); and, Community Food Project (food justice initiative empowering underserved communities with tools to address food sovereignty).

Community Stories

22 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

We love Greener Partners and Longview Farm. The staff is amazing, friendly, and very knowledgeable. The market has a great selection and the Pick-You-Own is exceptional. My kids love coming to the market, visiting the hens, and doing PYO. They also offer a very wide variety of educational programs, free events for kids, story telling, and more. They are an asset to the community and it's wonderful that they were able to keep the farm up and running after Willow Creek closed.

On a more personal note, my family has been helped through their generosity. Thanks to their program for low-income families, we were able to participate in their CSA and received fresh fruits, veggies, and herbs for months. It was a massive help to our struggling family and made a huge difference in our lives. We cannot thank them enough. :)

Leah24

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We love Longview! From strawberry picking, to yummy holiday foods to order, to birthday parties, to bonfire nights... This farm has so much to offer and is such an awesome local resource!

Client Served

Rating: 5

The hard work and dedication of the staff to bring clean, organic produce to the public is just wonderful. Thank you for helping our community and this planet.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

1) Awesome pick-your-own! Huge thornless blackberries! 2) At their solar seminar they answered questions & made us feel confident. We then found a contractor& added roof panels. Now we're saving a lot of money on power!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Everything about this place makes me smile! I am a member of the CSA Farm Share. This has been my first ever Farm Share, and I've heard stories about people receiving vegetables that they don't know how to use and let go bad because of that. Well... Greener Partners sends you recipes every week that are relevant to that weeks harvest! Their email communication is great! They let you know what you can pick from that week. Oh, and did I say "pick from"? Yes, they let you pick from a range of veggies per unit at the store for your farm share so you aren't stuck with some that you may not eat. All around great place, great friendly staff, I cannot speak anything less than wonders of this place!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This farm is a true gem tucked in the landscape of suburbia. I have been a Farm Friend for many years and have watched the market (and farm) grow from an orchard with produce to, now, a multi-faceted agricultural, educational, and community-oriented center for healthy food/products, fun and camraderie. It truly has something for everyone who visits.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The CSA (Consumer Supported Agriculture) has been wonderful all summer. I tend to believe that I have lost over 5 pounds eating the veggies we get every week that also are pesticide free.

Anne Marie M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

From the moment we walked onto this property, we knew this farm was different. We met hens with a variety of colored eggs; my son got to pet them and collect eggs from their house to bring to their market! The hens really have distinctive personalities, as well. We met LOTS of different animals and ate the most delicious pancakes. The plus was everything was natural, if not organic. Real maple syrup for the pancakes and a caring & knowledgeable staff who kept refilling our plates! It's wonderful that the napkins were made from recycled paper, not from trees. The employees are very friendly and work hard to teach you all they know. It's great that school groups can come visit, too. I LOVE that they compost everything - even for the toilets! It's amazing how conscientious they are!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We always have a wonderful experience at Greener Partners Longview Farm & Market. My daughter has participated in several children's programs and events - she has made new friends, learned new things and feels quite at home roaming around at the farm! We have attended special events, participated in the CSA program and just regularly shop for great veggies and food offerings...they never disappoint!

Michael191

Client Served

Rating: 5

My family loves Greener Partners/ Longview Agricultural Center and Market. We joined the CSA for the first time this year and it has been such a positive experience. We love the fruits and vegetables. The employees are super friendly and very helpful. My girls and I spend at least an hour or so walking around the farm and looking at the pigs, sheep, chickens, etc. I talk about this place to all of my friends and family and would recommend to anyone thinking of joining a CSA.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My family loves Greener Partners/Longview! The camps they had for children this summer were phenomenal. Longview staffer, Heather, did such a great job involving the children in all aspects of the farm, and learning about the heritage breeds was a highlight for my son. We love Longview's philosophy and organic practices. Thanks for all you do, Longview!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am very pleased with the food I get from Greener Partners, Media. I am so impressed they are able to feed so many people with such little space!!! The farmers are wonderful and so hardworking. I'm sure it's not easy!!! The community outreach, the variety, the quality. It is all managed so well.

Client Served

Rating: 4

I love Greener Partners and the entire philosophy behind everything they do. We visit Longview Farm regularly and love all of the programs they have to offer. The only problem is that we live 5 minutes from Hillside farm in Media. We belong to the CSA at Hillside and have had a positive experience, but Longview just has so much more to offer. I still love you guys and everything you do to provide a better farming, eating, and family experience.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Longview Farm is a wonderful place to take the kids whether for story time, pick-your-own weekends, cooking classes or the annual Potato Festival. The store offers fresh produce and local food products of exceptional quality. We have been going back for years and really enjoy the special atmosphere created by the enthusiasm of the Greener Partners staff!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Longview is a wonderful organic farm in Collegeville. The CSA has been such a wonderful experience for my family the past 2 years. There is a great sense of community and we know exactly where our food comes from. My son has learned about different foods and has watched them grow. We enjoy picking our own when we can and trying new recipies. All while supporting local agriculture. I would highly recommend a visit.

Paula37

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Greener Partners and especially the Longview Staff are amazing! I have never been so infatuated with my produce and trying to find more seasonally-based recipes. The best part is that they have recipe recommendations each week too! They embrace today's tech by maintaining a weekly e-mail distribution which is full of information about the goodies available for pick up that week as well as farm events and events for the kids. They embrace educating the children which is invaluable to me as I want my child to appreciate where his food is coming from and the people who help put food on our table. Unlike some CSAs we still have a choice in what we take. For my family of three the medium share has been more than plenty. I have thoroughly enjoyed taking my son there each week and especially the PYO (pick your own).

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great place to buy fresh fruits and vegetables .They have a great selection of other organic goods. My grandchildren love to go there for their apple slushee

chara.armon

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

It's such a pleasure to praise the huge contributions Greener Partners is making! I benefit from their work in numerous ways. Greener Partners welcomes my college students to volunteer and learn at Longview and Hillside, and my students have had life-changing experiences learning on the farms. I greatly value the ways in which GP is showing people throughout the Philly metro area what organic produce is, what sustainable agriculture is, and how people of all ages, living situations, and income levels can benefit fromsustainable agriculture at their homes, their farmers markets, their schools, or on the farms. Personally, I live near Hillside and buy Hillside produce at the Media Farmer's Market; it is glowing with freshness and nourishes my family! Additionally, my daughter had a wonderful experience volunteering at the Hillside children's summer camp. As a college professor, a community member, and someone who loves fresh food, I have benefited tremendously from the caring, expert work of GP's many outstanding employees, from the education staff to the farmers.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Greener Partners has hosted a day-long field trip for our inner-city summer campers in each of the last two years. The caring attention of the knowledgeable staff made all the difference in our kids' coming away from the facility with a positive feeling about healthful, sustainable farming (and eating!). We are looking forward to returning next summer with a new group of kids fora third year.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a member, I have enjoyed the whole experience with Longview. I love pick your own, the friendliness of the workers and the additions to the farm. Its fun to just walk around and admire the hard work that is put into running the farm, the animals, and the great treats they offer. My husband and I really enjoy it.