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WE BUILD COMMUNITY ONE VACANT LOT AT A TIME...

The Urban Tree Connection (UTC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community-based organization that works with residents in Philadelphia’s historically marginalized urban communities to transform abandoned open spaces into safe and functional places that inspire and promote positive human interaction.

We work with residents of West Philadelphia's Haddington neighborhood to develop community-driven greening and gardening projects on vacant land. Through land reclamation we foster community leadership of all ages that builds healthy sustainable community.

Over the past 15 years, UTC has partnered with Haddington residents to redevelop 29 vacant lots, totaling more than 86,000 square feet of land, including a fully functional ¾ urban farm. Together, we repurpose these spaces for communal growing, gathering and education that foster deep community relations and empowerment.

Request for Proposals 2017-2018: Consultants to Support Development of 3-5 year Strategic Plan

The purpose of this Request for Proposal is to solicit proposals from consultants to work with Urban Tree Connection’s strategic planning committee in the creation of a 3-5 year strategic plan. We will be soliciting proposals from consultants through January 21st. Interviews will follow shortly thereafter, with the aim of having the technical assistance in place to begin the strategic planning process in mid-February/early March.

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UTC is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Black and People of Color, and gender oppressed Consultants are strongly encouraged to apply. For consideration, please submit the following via email to noelle@urbantreeconnection.org and indiablunt226@gmail.com no later than Sunday January 21, 2018:

  • Resume
  • Letter of Interest
  • A description of the applicant’s general approach to strategic planning consultation, including methodology, perspective, or philosophy that guides your work with organizations in this undertaking
  • A detailed timeline and projected budget of total strategic planning process
  • Example(s) of a finished strategic plan created by your company or references or References of organizations with which you have facilitated strategic planning



UTC is Hiring: Community Education & Land Stewardship Coordinator

UTC’s Community Education & Land Stewardship Programs aim to cultivate community leadership development and land stewardship among multigenerational groups and community, primarily in the Haddington neighborhood of West Philadelphia. The Community Education & Land Stewardship Coordinator is responsible for developing and implementing multi-generational programming which includes managing all children, youth and adult educational programming; and cultivation of community leadership development and stewardship of UTC’s scattered farming and community garden sites.

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UTC is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Black and People of Color, and gender oppressed Consultants are strongly encouraged to apply. Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter to noelle@urbantreeconnection.org by February 1, 2017, with the subject line ‘Community Education and Land Stewardship Coordinator Position.'



Urban Tree Connection Wins 2018-2019 Barra Award for Exemplary Nonprofits in the Greater Philadelphia Region

2018-2019 Barra Awards

Urban Tree Connection is honored to be one of 43 recipients of the 2018-2019 Barra Awards. We are deeply appreciative of the peer nomination and review process and The Barra Foundation's commitment to investing in the social sector by providing unrestricted funding and peer-to-peer networking opportunities. Funds from The Barra Foundation will allow UTC to continue cultivating community leadership and land while evolving our approach to best accomplish our mission and vision.

Click here for a full list of 2018-2019 Barra Awards Grantees

Click here to learn more about the Barra Awards program

Click here to read the full Press Release



Annual Appeal: Cultivating Community Leadership and Land

Teen Apprentices
Teen Apprentices at the annual Youth Market in Rittenhouse Square

Dear Friend and Supporter of Urban Tree Connection,

We have learned a lot this growing season at Urban Tree Connection (UTC) about weathering changes – welcoming new organizational leadership and staff with guidance from our enduring supporters and partners. We are putting our community gardens and farm sites to rest this winter with a re-invigorated commitment to building a local sustainable and equitable food system in the Haddington neighborhood of West Philadelphia.

Our accomplishments are a reflection of our talented staff, community leadership, partners, volunteers, and funders like you. Together this year, we:

  • Hired 11 youth through our Teen Apprenticeship program, providing them 1:1 mentorship in urban farming, farm stand operations and facilitating education workshops.
  • Distributed 9,100 lbs. of fresh, local affordable produce through community-led farm stands and CSA shares; and donated 200 lbs. of produce to families with low-income.
  • Enriched our local ecology and sustainable growing practices through seed-keeping, vermicomposting, and building a pollinator wall at Neighborhood Foods Farm.

UTC has also been developing local and state-wide relationships with growers and food justice advocates through our coalition work, youth exchanges and participation in Food Policy Advisory Committee’s Urban Agriculture city-wide strategic planning process.

This forward momentum is launching us into 2018 with our intentions set on deepening community partnerships and stewardship. We are depending on your support to sustain and grow our work.

We ask that you help us reach our goal of raising $45,000.


Together, we are restoring a food system with the most marginalized communities through cultivating community leadership and land. We invite you to join our efforts by making a donation to Urban Tree Connection this holiday season, and to visit us in spring 2018, when we are back in the gardens and Neighborhood Foods Farm (more info to come).

With Deepest Gratitude,

Noelle Signature

Noelle Warford
Executive Director

Click here for a printable copy of the annual appeal!



2017 Year in Review

Round table discussion at Neighborhood Foods Farm

2017 Teen Apprenticeship Report