Queen Village CSA Options

Summer is fast approaching and its not too late to sign up for a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) to have direct access to local, fresh and delicious food. Check out some of the CSAs that are available in Queen Village and keep in mind they are no longer just vegetables. Cheese, flowers, eggs, yogurt, fruit, bread, etc.

Collective Creamery

This is a woman-owned artisan cheese CSA-style subscription. Members can join our cheese club for the Summer season (9 alt-weekly pickups between June 1 and Sept. 21) to receive a two-item (1#) or three-item (1.5#) cheese share of grassfed, handmade cow’s milk cheeses from Birchrun Hills Farm and Valley Milkhouse Creamery. They can also purchase add-on shares of cream-top yogurt and cultured butter. More info here: collectivecreamery.com

Pickup near E Moyamensing and Carpenter


Greensgrow is a nonprofit whose mission is to engage their neighbors to cultivate social entrepreneurship, urban agriculture, and community greening. They source the items in your share locally, working directly with farmers from within 150 miles for each share to provide a balance of staples as well as specialty items. Full & Half Farm Shares include items besides veggies (fruit, cheese, eggs, etc.).

Pickup BeerLove

Philly Food Works

Working to increase access of healthy food for Philadelphia residents while supporting thoughtful farmers, PFW has the most unique CSA model in the area and provides all non-GMO produce. Offering flexible rolling CSA shares and refunds if you are unable to pick up your share, you can have an account for as little as $30/month. Optional additions to your seasonal fruit & veggie delivery include meat, dairy, bread, jam, honey, hummus, beef jerky, soup, mushrooms, condiments, tea & coffee, desserts, and beauty and health supplies.

Pickup Red Hook Cafe

Red Earth Farms

Family-owned and operated since 2006, Red Earth Farm offers “choice CSA” delivery of fresh vegetables you select for 22 weeks.   Each week of the growing season, you can log in and select from dozens of delicious produce items just harvested from our fields. It’s also possible to supplement your order with eggs, fruit, cheese, honey, yogurt, and other items provided by trusted local partners. If you forget to make your choices, no worries, you’ll still receive a box of items selected by your farmers.

Pickup Weccacoe Community building

Nebinger School Yard community forum

Come hear the latest details of the Nebinger school yard project Thursday, May 25 at 5:30pm at Nebinger School.

As this has been a long journey (planning begun in 2011), BVNA and QVNA are co-hosting this update to ensure everyone is made aware of the design layout, as well as initial plans for public use.

Danielle Floyd, Director of Capital Programs, Philadelphia School District, and Gretchen Trefny, Parks for People Philadelphia Program Manager, The Trust for Public Land (or another TPL representative), will go over the latest design plans for the new school yard to the neighborhood community, as well as initial plans for public access. Councilman Squilla will be present, and (tentatively) police representatives will round out the panel. We will open with moderator questions and clarifications on current status, then take questions.

Summer in the City Camp

Enrollment is now open for the 2017 Old Pine Community Center Summer In The City day camp. The Summer in the City day camp is an 8 week program for kids in Kindergarten through 8th grade. Campers enjoy the benefits of their City through field trips, guest speakers and special activities all for one low weekly rate. Lunch and snack are provided as well as most field trip fees. Your kids will enjoy sports activities and Literacy Lessons are also included to ensure kids are strengthening their minds and bodies!

Our campers were out and about last summer! Twice a week they took a dip in the pool under the instruction of our staff lifeguard, Rosalina Iott. In addition to swim time, the children went on local trips around the city; including excursions to LOVE Park, The Mann Music Center, Spruce Street Harbor Park, The Constitution Center, the Bio Pond at the University of Pennsylvania, and more!

When they weren’t off exploring the city, our campers were participating in fun and exciting workshops here at the center. Monday’s were for cooking; each week they learned a new dish and all about the ingredients. In addition to becoming little chefs, our campers also got to try their had at film making!  We were thrilled to welcome back the wonderful Sheena Garcia who helped our campers create a clay stop animation movie over her five week Bust A Move Workshop. To see their work click here ! Sounds like fun right? Call today to provide your child the best summer camp they will ever experience. Call 215-627-2493 or email Jeanne Johnson at jeanne@oldpine.org.


Queen Village Garden Tour & Garden Party

Join QVNA’s Quality of Life Committee for a Garden Tour and Party in Queen Village on Saturday, June 3. The tour will feature private community and home gardens, as well as neighborhood parks. Enjoy activities along the way, like planting demonstrations and crafts for kids. The tour is self-guided and takes approximately 1 hour. Last entry at 4pm.

Party will be held in the Southwark Community Garden. Due to the garden’s capacity, tickets are limited and for adults only. Light food and drinks will be provided, as well as entertainment.

Saturday, June 3, 2017
Tour: 12pm to 5pm
Party: 5pm to 8pm

Ticket Pricing
Tour Only: $30 in advance and $35 at the door
Party Only: $40
Tour and Party: $50 in advance and $55 at the door

Buy Tickets Here

The committee is looking for volunteers to help during the event. If you are interested in working a shift and receiving a free tour ticket, please contact gardentour@qvna.org. 

Crosstown Questionnaire Results: Candidates Often Agree

The Philadelphia Crosstown Coalition sent a questionnaire to candidates in the upcoming election.  Replies are posted at philacrosstown.org  were received from Beth Grossman,  the sole Republican candidate for District Attorney, and four of the seven Democratic candidates – Joe Khan, Lawrence Krasner, Rich Negrin and Michael Untermeyer. Democrats Jack O’Neill, Tariq El-Shabazz or Teresa Care Deni did not respond. One takeaway – the candidates often agree on reforms so the Crosstown can follow up after the election to implement these changes:

1.     Videotaping  Interrogations – All five candidates urge that in custody interrogations be videoed.

2.     Cash Bail Critics – Even though no specific question was asked about the current cash bail system, Kahn, Krasner,  and Untermeyer flat out called for its replacement and Negrin noted “we desperately need bail reform”.

3.     “Decarceration” – No specific question was asked about reducing the inmate count, but  Kahn, Krasner and Untermeyer listed this as a  top priority and both Grossman’s  and Negrin’s answers repeatedly advocate diversionary programs which lead to decarceration.

4.     Information on Immigrants Held in Custody – All 4 Democrats (Kahn, Krasner, Negrin and Untermeyer) oppose sharing arrest data on immigrants with ICE (Immigration and Custody Enforcement).

5.     Police Abuse Procedures – Kahn, Krasner and Untermeyer all suggest a separate unit staffed by personnel outside the office to address cases of inappropriate police conduct.

6.     Seattle’s LEAD Program – When asked about successful programs in other cities, Grossman, Kahn, and Untermeyer cited the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion program in Seattle.

5th Street Plaza at Bainbridge Green

This summer, The Friends of Bainbridge Green in collaboration with South Street Headhouse District, will create the 5th Street Plaza at Bainbridge Green for neighbors and visitors to enjoy. 

We envision an outdoor “piazza” with music and fine food and drink, bistro tables and picnic benches.

Come have a glass of wine, listen to music, and grab a bite from the city’s top food carts.

A portion of food and drink sales will go towards our continued efforts towards reimagining Bainbridge Green! 

South Street Spring Festival Information for Residents

South Street Headhouse District’s annual festival is this Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 11 am to 8 pm. Rain or shine.

The following permitted streets will be CLOSED:

  • South Street between Front & 8th Streets
  • 2nd Street between Lombard & Bainbridge Streets
  • 5th St & 6th St between Lombard & Bainbridge Streets
  • Passyunk Ave between Lombard & Bainbridge Streets

The following cross streets will be OPEN:

  • Front Street, 3rd Street, 4th Street, 7th Street & 8th Street
  • Bainbridge Street & Lombard Streets will also be open

(This are the same closures and restrictions as previous Spring Festivals, the streets will remain closed until after all vendors have been cleared and the street has been swept. Streets will open when safety allows, as they are available.)

South Street will be closed for vendor load-in starting at 3:00AM Friday night/Saturday morning. We will first close the 2nd Street Plaza (S. 2nd Street between Lombard & South Streets) followed by South Street from Front to 2nd Streets working WESTWARD. This plan allows for the least amount of traffic diversion making the 700 block of South Street the final block to be closed at approximately at 7:00AM. Cars left on the street will be relocated by the Philadelphia Parking Authority. Starting at 3am on Friday night through 10:30pm on Saturday, please be sure not to park on:

  • South Street from Front to 8th St
  • S. 2nd Street (between Lombard & Bainbridge Streets)
  • E. Passyunk Ave from South Street to Bainbridge
  • 5th Street between Lombard and Bainbridge

No thru traffic to South Street will be allowed on:

  • Hancock, American, Orianna, Leigthgow, Randolph & Kater Streets.

There will be 3 Music Stages, which will be located at 2nd and Lombard, 5th and South, and 8th and South, as well as smaller entertainment stages at Front & South & Randolph & South. All entertainment will end by 8 pm.

During the Festival, at each intersection, “Welcome Signs” will be placed reminding guests to properly dispose of trash, utilize provided rest rooms, and be respectful of the neighborhoods. Trash is picked up through the day at the festival and clean up continues through the morning. The morning after the Festival, the District has contracted for supplemental sanitation services beyond what is normally performed for the District. Teams will be sweeping and picking up on surrounding residential streets beyond the Festival perimeter.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact festival@southstreet.com.

Thank You

Thank you to Manfred Weiss, his fellow SAP volunteers and Peter from City Planter! SAP provided the labor and $500 to beautify the 6th Street side of the school and City Planter donated the design and provided the plants. What a fabulous garden makeover!

Deadline to Register to Vote in the Primary Election

The deadline to register to vote in the Primary Election is Monday, April 17, 2017.

The first step to civic participation really starts with one thing: Voting.

So if you’re not registered to vote, take a minute to do it now. You can even register to vote online!

You can also look up your voter registration status, find out who is on the ballot by looking at sample ballots, request an absentee ballot, or find your polling place all by checking out the Office of the Philadelphia City Commissioners websitewww.philadelphiavotes.com