May 01, 2019

Ruth Bennett Community Farm Spotlight

Did you know that there is a farm right in the middle of Chester?

Ruth Bennett Community Farm is an educational farm and environmental education center located in Chester, PA. Recognizing the need for greater food security and community health, the Chester Housing Authority (CHA) created a two-acre community farm on vacant land at the Ruth L. Bennett Homes.

The Ruth Bennett Community Farm grows nutrient dense greens and vegetables such as cucumbers, peppers, collards, tomatoes, eggplant, herbs and more. Each October, they host a community festival and hope to expand their services by adding workshops and classes that would teach folks how to plant and garden, make small spaces productive and provide cooking demonstrations.

Last year, the farm received a $20,000 grant from The Foundation for Delaware County to teach low-income children and their families how to grow and cook with nutrient rich produce. This grant will also provide youth mentorship to three youth in the community, including 15-year old Joe Joe who said, “My first ever job has been an amazing experience and I’m looking forward to helping out with the farm stand and meeting new people this summer.”

Every Thursday from June through October you can visit Ruth Bennett Community farm from 12:00 – 3:00 p.m. where they sell greens, eggs, fruit, vegetables, flowers, pickles and more. In addition, there are opportunities to volunteer on Tuesdays. Learn more about Ruth Bennett Community Farm.