Last Saturday, the Greener Partners’ FARM EXPLORER had a front row seat for the premiere of the IMAX movie, Watermelon Magic, at the Franklin Institute. The award-winning short film, produced by local Spring Garden Pictures, chronicles the growing season on a family farm. The tale follows young Sylvie who is so excited to grow her very own watermelon to take to market. The nearly scriptless film is comprised of a series of still frames and time lapsed footage of the amazing growth from seed to magnificent melon. Both Longview and HIllside provided the beautiful farm background for the set of the movie!

The stars of the film were all in attendance (shown above) as well as a great turnout of movie goers, young and old. The front lawn of the Institute was complete with a larger than life watermelon for photo ops and plenty of fresh melon for snacking. The FARM EXPLORER smoothie bike was stationed on the sidewalk so that passersby could pedal themselves a refreshing minty watermelon smoothie! With help from a team from the Philadelphia Junior League, Greener Partners’ connected with all the attendees and Franklin Institute patrons. Watermelon Magic will be playing in the Institute IMAX theater throughout the summer!

Check out all the photos on the FARM EXPLORER facebook page!

Watermelon Magic Trailer

Spring Garden Pictures

Beautiful site! Ready for #spring #pyo #csa #summercamp #livingonafarm (at Longview Center for Agriculture (http://www.greenerpartners.org/))

Beautiful site! Ready for #spring #pyo #csa #summercamp #livingonafarm (at Longview Center for Agriculture (http://www.greenerpartners.org/))

We Give Thanks for our Friends & Supporters!

Happy Thanksgiving 

Thank you for being a part of our efforts to preserve hundreds of acres of farmland, train new farmers, and transform communities through the direct connection to healthy food.

I want you to come back every day to share your delicious snacks with us.  I don’t like the food when it’s by its self, but when it’s in a snack, I like it!  The spaghetti squash was good.  I would like to eat it everyday!   ~ 3rd Grade Student after tasting spaghetti squash in a Seed to Snack® lesson.

Our programs are leading the way to inspire a new generation of healthy eaters!  But we couldn’t have done it without you!

On behalf of our Farmers, our Farm Educators, our Board and Staff, thank you for your continued support!

~ The Greener Partners Team

Join Our GROWING Movement!

This year’s Farmer Showdown was a great success! Four teams of local farmers competed for trophies, prizes and bragging rights. The events included pumpkin tossin’, a wheelbarrow obstacle course, a turnip eatin’ contest, tractor pullin’ and a nail-biting tug o’ war. Team Rhizome took home first place, our own Greener Partners Tri-State CRAFT team came in second place, followed by Falcon Farm and Red Hill Farm.

This year’s Farmer Showdown was a great success! Four teams of local farmers competed for trophies, prizes and bragging rights. The events included pumpkin tossin’, a wheelbarrow obstacle course, a turnip eatin’ contest, tractor pullin’ and a nail-biting tug o’ war. Team Rhizome took home first place, our own Greener Partners Tri-State CRAFT team came in second place, followed by Falcon Farm and Red Hill Farm.

Last Saturday afternoon, the Longview Center for Arts hosted Christina Roberts from Marafiki Arts of Philadelphia in a demonstration on the process of dyeing textiles with natural dyes. The cloth shown above is the brilliant golden yellow of dried marigolds grown at Longview. The next workshop will be held on Saturday, November 9th.

Last Saturday afternoon, the Longview Center for Arts hosted Christina Roberts from Marafiki Arts of Philadelphia in a demonstration on the process of dyeing textiles with natural dyes. The cloth shown above is the brilliant golden yellow of dried marigolds grown at Longview. The next workshop will be held on Saturday, November 9th.

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Meeting of the minds @beardfoundation #chefpatrickfeury (at Peche)

Meeting of the minds @beardfoundation #chefpatrickfeury (at Peche)

Learning how to make delicious ricotta can be as easy as saying “CHEESE”! Pick up some local milk, along with other fresh, local products at the Longview Farm & Market. Longview will also be offering fall workshops, including Cheesemaking 101, so stay tuned!

Learning how to make delicious ricotta can be as easy as saying “CHEESE”! Pick up some local milk, along with other fresh, local products at the Longview Farm & Market. Longview will also be offering fall workshops, including Cheesemaking 101, so stay tuned!

Multi-locational farming can help increase food security and sustainable agriculture in complicated urban areas that may lack space for large scale farming. Learn about this exciting, newly emerging type of farming here! 

Multi-locational farming can help increase food security and sustainable agriculture in complicated urban areas that may lack space for large scale farming. Learn about this exciting, newly emerging type of farming here

Come join the Farm Explorer™ at Eakins Oval today at 4pm and ride our Rock the Bike!

Come join the Farm Explorer™ at Eakins Oval today at 4pm and ride our Rock the Bike!