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The Urban Tree Connection (UTC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community-based organization, and our mission is to work 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.

Over the last 19 years, we have primarily 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 foster deep community leadership of all ages to build healthy sustainable community.

Our vision is to build local sustainable community-driven food and land systems in Haddington that promotes cooperation, democratic participation, and equity. We believe that these systems should uphold the dignity of all people, beyond food and green space access and towards self-determining practices that engage community in governing resources together to meet the collective needs of the entire community.

We are currently in a strategic planning process with Davis & Gay Associates to align our organizational structure and programming towards our forward vision. Visit our page again later this summer to view our strategic plan!

2017 Year in Review

Round table discussion at Neighborhood Foods Farm

2017 Teen Apprenticeship Report

2017 UTC Highlights