The Fertilizer Fund

PCGCA AT THE GROUND BREAKING 

MARCH 9, 2016

 To receive information about applying for a Fertilizer Fund Grant please go the the "Contact Us" page of the website and request an application.  Applications will be accepted for the coming year up until February 1


A Little Tast of Everything:  Mill Creek Farm:  $3,000

Funds were distributed to maintain their educational gardens and orchard, to complete large and small scale green infrastructure projects enabeling them to increase production and improve the quality of their educational programs and to build a passibe solar greenhouse for seed starting.

Bartram's Garden:   $2,000

Funding was provided for their continuing programs in Horticulture, Science and Nutritional education utilizing the outdoor classroom and The Children's Garden.

Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion and Museum:   $2,340

Funds were used to improve the boxwood garden and the white garden by replacing the diseased boxwood, amending the soil, plant 100 white begonias and redefine the borders of these gardens.

                                                             

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Magee Rehabilitation Hospital:  $5,000

Funding to acquire and install dirt, mulch trees, purchase ornamental plants and install an irrigation system for their new Creative Therapy and Healing Garden.

New Creative Therapy and Healing Garden currently under contruction

Neighborhood Gardens Trust:  $3,000

Funding to upgrade St. Bernard's Community Garden by building raised beds and planting a pollinator garden.

Pennsylvania Hospital Physic Garden:  $1,500

This garden has been a project of The Philadelphia Committee since it was created in 1976.  Funding is for plants, shrubs and trees for the garden and Woodlands.

Philadelphia Montessori Charter School:  $4,250

Funding supplied to install a solar powered interactive irrigation system to keep the plants well maintained in their outdoor educational space.  The pervious year an Urban Orchard was planted at the school by the Philadelphia Orchard Project which PCGCA funded.

Sacred Heart Home:  $1,500

Funding was used to purchase large planter pots, soil and plants in an effort to renew their patient patio used for daily activities.

Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse:  $2,300

Funding for Phase 2 of the erosion control project on the bank around the playground. 

Photos to be posted later

Urban Tree Connection:  $5,550

Funding provided to construct 12 raised beds with soil, install drip irrigation, gate, greenhouse heater, repair high tunnel, improvement to the wash station, composting, purchase mushroom logs and verimi at the Community Garden located at the First Aftician Presbyterian Church on Girard Avenue.

Philadelphia Orchard Project:  $3,925

Funding to plant a new communmity orchard with Philly Earth and the Village of Arts and Humanities in North Philadelphia.  Produce will be distributed to the students and their families via after school programs including the Philly Earth Sustainability training program.

The Fertilizer Fund for 2015-16 raised $34,610.00 for 11 grants awarded to the projects listed below:

The Fertilizer Fund for 2016-17 raised $39,480 for 13 grants awarded to the projects listed below:

JOHN BARTRAM'S GARDEN:     $4,000

Funds were awarded for gardening supplies (soil, plants, tools and lumber) in support of their horticulture, educational and community gardening projects.

EBENEZER MAXWELL MANSION:   $1680

Funds awarded to restore the Frank J. Scott's 1870 Ribbon Garden, two garden trellises and plants for the Downing white garden.

HISTORIC GERMANTOWN:  $3,000

Funds will be used for trees, shrubs and plants for the courtyard and new rain garden.

PHILADELPHIA ORCHARD PROJECT:  $3,000

Funds awarded to help plant a new community orchard with Pastorius Community Gardens in East Central Germantown.

MAGEE REHABILITATION HOSPITAL:  $2,000

Funds awarded to purchase vegetables, perennials, annuals, herbs, seeds, soil, fertilizer, compost, organic and fungal sprays, pots and vases for the Horticultural Therapy program.

METHODIST SERVICES HERITAGE FARM:  $5,200

Funds awarded to purchase seeds and heating of their greenhouse.

NEIGHBORHOOD GARDEN TRUST:  $3,900

Funds awarded to help with the rejuvenation of the Federal Street Garden.

PENNSYLVANIA HORTICULTURE SOCIETY:  $3,500

Funds awarded to purchase tools, soil and materials to build 4 raised beds at each of four gardens.

PENNSYLVANIA HOSPITAL PHYSIC GARDEN:  $400

Funds awarded to purchase herbal plants, rose bushes and Mountain Laurel for the woodlands.

SMITH MEMORIAL PLAYGROUND AND PLAYHOUSE:  $2,300

Funds awarded for Phase 3 of the erosion project to create proper foot paths.

STENTON MANSION:   $4,000

Funds awarded to purchase Meadow Plants for the second phase of the rejuvenation of the meadow.

URBAN TREE CONNECTION:   $2,000

Funds awarded to repair the farm shed, purchase plants for a pollinator garden and lockers for storage items.

THE WOODLANDS TRUST FOR HISTORIC PRESERVATION:  $4,500

Funds awarded plant material and tags for each garden and for program signage.

Each year the Fertilizer Fund  fills a much-needed niche by providing supplemental funds or seed money to small neighborhood projects or to larger landmark projects, all within the City of Philadelphia, which help define the horticultural landscape of The City.  Projects must all be focused on horticulture; must all be 501c3, not-for-profit organizations; and all within the city limits of Philadelphia.

We welcome contributions of any amount to the Fertilizer Fund Annual Giving 2017-18.  100% of all contributions goes directly to the projects selected for that year.  Checks should be made payable to:  The Philadelphia Committee of the GCA and mailed to:  Heidi Hole, 1291 Farm Road, Berwyn, PA 19312  Please include your name and address so we may thank you and mail you a receipt.

The PCGCA is an exempt organization as described in section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.  Official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling 1-800-732-0999.  Registration does not imply endorsement.