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June 15, 2018

A farm just opened in front of City Hall for the summer

And it's hosting a bunch of free events

Public Parks Farming
farm for the city Pennsylvania Horticultural Center/for PhillyVoice

The PHS Farm for the City is an interactive farm at City Hall that will offer free workshops and informational panels all summer.

Philly's public parks got some serious additions this week.

Thursday marked the grand opening of the long-awaited Rail Park, and we've got you covered on background and what it looks like. It's open 24/7, so go check it out and tell me what you think.

And today, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society launched "Farm for the City" right smack dab in front of City Hall.

This interactive exhibit and actual working farm is for the public to learn about community gardening through workshops, public forums and activities that run into late September.

It looks like a major feature of the farm will be programming — free workshops, farmers available to chat, how-to's on gardening and opportunities to support local community gardeners. Some of the programs include information about soil, how to start a garden from the ground-up, how to live a zero-waste lifestyle and how food can be medicine.

Some of the crops in this garden include chard, onion, mustard greens, carrots, fennel, African eggplant and lots of herbs.

The project is supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage in an effort to highlight the role community gardeners play in neighborhoods and the impact gardens can have on communities.

The park is open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. You can check out a list of workshops and events here.