Science on Tap

A Philadelphia Science Café eat. drink. science.

What’s on tap:

Monday, September 8, 2014
6 p.m. 
National Mechanics
22 S 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 701-4883

Permaculture Food Forests in the City

Featuring Phil Forsyth, urban orchardist and Director of the Philadelphia Orchard Project

When William Penn created Philadelphia he envisioned a lush American Eden, a “greene country towne.” Today,  Philadelphia is a far cry from that vision, but there is a growing movement to create a healthier, more sustainable city full of green spaces with access to healthy local food.

edible forestPhil Forsyth, Philadelphia’s own Johnny Appleseed, has planted dozens of permaculture orchards and edible forests through his work with the Philadelphia Orchard Project. He will discuss permaculture, a design science aimed at creating sustainable regenerative landscapes and communities, and food forests, a permaculture strategy for developing diverse, multi-layered food-producing ecosystems. Phil believes we can we create functioning, diverse environments within the city that that mimic the natural systems within forests. These food forests and orchards bring fresh fruit to Philadelphians, replace vacant lots, bring the community together and help clean the water and air.

Phil ForsythPhil Forsyth is the Executive Director of the Philadelphia Orchard Project (, a non-profit that plants and supports community orchards in the city, including many food forests. Forsyth has a degree in Horticulture and Landscape Design; certification in Permaculture design and teaching; and 15 years of experience in urban farming and orcharding.  Since 2007, the Philadelphia Orchard Project has planted 36 orchards with a wide range of community groups in neighborhoods across the city.  

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