West Philly Foods CSA is part of a larger food system operated by The Enterprise Center Community Development Corporation (TEC-CDC). TEC-CDC is a community and economic development nonprofit focused on bringing positive change to the Walnut Hill neighborhood and surrounding communities in West Philadelphia. Founded by and an affiliate of The Enterprise Center (TEC), an accomplished minority business accelerator, TEC-CDC extends TEC’s entrepreneurial mission to the neighborhood level, with a focus on building community capacity for change, helping small businesses grow, and increasing healthy food access. TEC-CDC has more than ten years of experience in driving programs for social and economic revitalization in and around Walnut Hill, including both programmatic initiatives to develop community residents and physical redevelopment projects to rebuild infrastructure and create jobs.
Supporting a Local Food System from Farmer to Food Entrepreneur
The CSA aggregates produce from local urban and rural farms, and supports food entrepreneurs in TEC-CDC’s Dorrance H. Hamilton Center for Culinary Enterprises, a 13,000 square foot incubator kitchen, through offering a variety of value-added shares. Members of West Philly Foods CSA program have the unique opportunity to receive local products, such as jams, bread, and bacon, along with their fruit and vegetable share. Through this work our goal is to support a local food economy, from farmer to food entrepreneur.
Our Urban Farm and Farm Stand
Our urban farm has a core mission and goal to grow all of our produce naturally and chemical-free. This means that we grow our produce without the use of chemical or synthetic herbicides, pesticides or fertilizers. Employing organic growing methods means that the weekly produce you receive is delicious, safe, and healthier than produce grown using industrial methods. Our farm is completely off the grid, collecting rain water and using solar power to pump the water to our field and greenhouse. We have weekly farm stands selling our produce and locally made food products at our farm stand on site, as well as at the Penn Bookstore Farmer’s Market.
Supporting Walnut Hill Residents
West Philly Foods addresses equitable food access in Walnut Hill through its farm stand and subsidized CSA program, both entering their fourth season in operation. The farm stand offers a variety of local fruits and vegetables at a reduced price and accepts cash, debit, and electronic benefits transfer (EBT), as well as Seniors Farmers Market Nutritional Program vouchers as payment options.