Tagged gardening

Edible Alphabet Recipe of the Week: Pasta Primavera

Edible Alphabet is a free English Language Learning (ELL) program offered by the Free Library's Culinary Literacy Center. The mission is to teach English language and literacy skills through hands-on cooking projects. While Free…

Making Sense of Food Scraps

by Nourishing Literacy  staff members Shayna M. and Carolyn After reading a New Yorker article a few weeks ago, our curiosity and interest grew in how to use kitchen scraps in resourceful ways. Tamar Adler, the highlighted…

Michelle Obama Grows a Garden

Today is the birthday of celebrated former First Lady and citizen of the world, Michelle Obama . A political figure in her own right, Michelle Obama is well known for her healthy eating campaign, Lets Move! The campaign targeted…

The Pumpkin on the Plate

Squash is one of those wonderful, hearty foods that last throughout the colder seasons, and comes in many intriguing shapes and sizes. It serves as a point of literary intrigue, a cultural cornerstone, and a hot topic for cookbooks.…

Gardening for Kids Programs Grow Community Connections

Meredith McGovern is a Librarian at Falls of Schuylkill Library and a participant in Cohort 3 of the Skills for Community-Centered Libraries trainings. As a children’s librarian, I work with our youngest patrons. Many of the…

Celebrate National Gardening Week with These Books and Gardening Tips!

National Gardening Week starts on June 2 and I, for one, will celebrate by staring obsessively at the Grandpa Ott morning glories that I planted a few weeks ago. Grandpa Ott is a gorgeous deep-purple flower with a magenta pink center.…

The City of Arborly Love: Flora, Fauna, and Free Trees at Parkway Central Library!

Throughout Spring and Summer, every corner of the Free Library of Philadelphia will be taking inspiration from In Our Nature: Flora and Fauna of the Americas - an exhibition taking place in our Rare Book Department's Dietrich…

Visit Eastwick Library's New Garden!

Eastwick Library has a new garden thanks to Bartram’s Garden and our area children. In partnership with Leslie Gale, Bartram’s Garden's educator, children have been busy this year planning, planting, and investigating…

Picture Book Highlights | Anywhere Farm

Farming in the city? Well, yes! And it is happening right here in Philadelphia: in community gardens, parks, backyards, and plots. There is Farm Philly , a program by Philadelphia’s Parks & Recreations, that aims to support…

When I Think of Spring, I Think of Flowers

I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers. Claude Monet   As winter finally drags its feet slowly out the door, I think of Spring, and I think of flowers. Here are some books about flowers that you might enjoy for this…

It's coming...

Dun -dun. Dun -dun. (That's my poor attempt at the Jaws theme song, if you can't tell). It's coming. Tucked under those wide, floppy leaves, hiding under the thick, prickly plant stems, masking itself like a chameleon under a canopy…

On Gardening and Getting Started

This is the second year that my dad and I have planted a garden together. Last year, we came up with increasingly inventive ways to eat the massive amounts of zucchini we grew, but we lost our entire tomato crop to late blight. This…

Healthy Communities

Healthy Communities, a partnership with the Philadelphia Department of Public Health’s Division of Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention , increases the library’s capacity to offer free, accessible cooking, physical activity, gardening…