Urban Farming Pioneer- Mary Seton Corboy- Greensgrow Farms

Mary Seton Corboy is a true pioneer in the Urban farming movement.
She’s charming as well…

In this episode we get a glimpse of how she and a partner started Greensgrow Farms in Kensington, PA. Kensington is is right off of I-95; something like a mile or 2 from downtown Philadelphia. Greensgrow has grown from scratch. She shares the Greensgrow story and its evolution. From finding abandoned land and the politics behind to it’s current iteration. Greensgrow is something more than and different than a traditional urban farm.

The concept of urban farming isn’t new. There are multiple examples of Urban farming in virtually every city in the United Sates. Greensgrow Farms was one of the first to experiment with this concept.

Urban farming promotes healthy communities and provides food security for many low income persons. In an urban setting, community gardens are part of the open space network. The gardens and those who participate in urban farming contribute to the preservation of open space, provide access to it, and create sustainable uses of the space. The idea is to strengthen community bonds, provide food, and create recreational and therapeutic opportunities for a community. They can also promote environmental awareness and provide community education.

Greensgrow is a not for profit enterprise. They use the non profit model to help experiment with some inner city food programs.

Once you talk with Mary you’ll fall in love.

Hope you enjoy this one.

2 thoughts on “Urban Farming Pioneer- Mary Seton Corboy- Greensgrow Farms”

  1. Great interview with Mary. Yes, I would have to say I do love her thinking and words, which she does not mince. I say “Good for her” doing it the way she wants and succeeding! Thanks Jack! Really glad I found your online radio. Good luck to you!

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