EDIBLE HISTORY: Growing a Neighborhood

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PHOTOGRAPH: COURTESY OF FREE LIBRARY OF PHILADELPHIA COLLECTION

Community gardens have long thrived in the Mill Creek neighborhood in West Philadelphia. This photo, taken by architect and photographer Franklin D. Edmunds in 1906, shows a vacant-lot garden on the corner of 48th and Aspen Streets. As always in mid-July, it’s all hands on deck in the garden.

Walk through the neighborhood today and you’ll see that growing local food is still a prominent activity here. More than 30 members tend to their plots in the Aspen Farms Community Garden at 49th St. and Aspen. It’s a refuge protected by the Neighborhood Gardens Trust in the midst of construction and housing development. —Katherine Rapin

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