Harvest Reports

This website features summaries of research on the state of community gardens in Philadelphia, Camden, and Trenton, with a focus on the production and distribution of food.  The specific aims of this project are to measure the amount of food grown in community gardens and to trace its distribution.  The broader goal of this ongoing research is to understand the roles and impacts of community gardens in building food security for households and communities.  Thus far, it has involved three sorts of research, conducted in the summers of 2008 and 2009:
  • On-the-ground survey of community gardens throughout the city of Philadelphia in 2008 and in Camden and Trenton, NJ, in 2009.
  • Weighing of harvest at a cross-section of gardens in different sections of the three cities.
  • Interviews with gardeners and garden coordinators on the distribution of harvest, history and social life of gardens, as well as interviews with garden support program staff.
Research Team
Domenic Vitiello, Assistant Professor of City Planning, U. Penn
Michael Nairn, Lecturer in Urban Studies, U. Penn
JA Grisso, Professor of Medicine and Nursing, U. Penn
Noah Swistak, Master of City Planning student, U. Penn
Kevin Levy, Urban Studies student, U. Penn
Sarah Zuckerman, Urban Studies student, U. Penn
Sally Reynolds, Master of Landscape Architecture student, U. Penn
Kelly Porter, Master of City Planning student, U. Penn
Vanessa Kennedy, Master of City Planning student, Rutgers U.
Reilly Kiernan, Sociology student, Princeton U.


Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, City Harvest Program
Penn State Agricultural Extension, Philadelphia County
Camden City Garden Club
Isles in Trenton