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The Urban Tree Connection (UTC) is a 501(c)(3) community-based organization, and our mission is to build a neighborhood rooted food and land system through community leadership development and land based strategies in West Philadelphia.

Over the last two decades, we have partnered with residents of West Philadelphia's Haddington neighborhood to develop and sustain community-driven greening and gardening projects. Our network of garden and farm sites are spaces for communal growing, gathering and education that fosters deep community engagement and leadership development of residents all ages, to build healthy sustainable community. 

Youth Apprenticeship Program Open Recruitment

Posted 24 March 2021

UTC's Youth Apprenticeship Program (YAP) is seeking high-school students ages 14-18 That live in the West Philadelphia area! 

This unique apprenticeship introduces Black and youth of color to urban agriculture through community engagement. Each Apprentice receives mentorship from Staff in the areas of urban farming, leadership development, and community organizing.

Share with young people you know: YAP Flyer 2021

Interested in applying? Visit our online application:   https://forms.gle/295ASeFWsawxV6TK8

For more information on this program and the application process contact our community organizer Saruh Almendarez at saruh@urbantreeconnection.org

Responding & Adjusting to COVID-19

As of the March 13th, 2020 UTC transitioned to remote work and developing an organizational contingency plan in response the global pandemic. The neighborhood that we have been a part of over the last 20 years, has been impacted significantly.  We are staying in close communication with neighbors, learning how things are changing from day to day, and we remain steadfast in our role to build a just food system that is community-rooted and led.

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