Greensgrow West, the West Philly branch of Greensgrow Farms located at 51st and Baltimore, ceased operations Friday, July 22 after the nonprofit city farm announced a financial crisis earlier this month. The Kensington flagship site closed in early July.
“Last month Greensgrow fell victim to a forged check scheme which leaves us struggling to keep our doors open until July,” read their July 15 Instagram post. “Although we typically close in early August, this season we are working with bankers and law enforcement to try to recover $33,000 in lost revenue.
To help alleviate the dire financial situation, which has made it difficult for management to meet its employees’ upcoming payroll, Greensgrow has launched a fundraising campaign.
“We will be working on fundraising efforts and bringing fun new opportunities to support your favorite city farm,” the Instagram post continues.
Greensgrow has faced various problems for several years, which began after the death of founder, Mary Seton Corboy in 2016, according to an article by The Philadelphia Investigator. The organization has struggled with sustainability and has also been plagued with staffing issues. Before closing the two sites this month, Greensgrow management fired nearly all of its workers, who were in the process of unionizing in a bid to improve their working conditions, according to the report.
As Greensgrow’s fundraising efforts continue, management is working on a new strategy and new partnerships “to keep Mary’s vision alive in the future”, according to today’s Instagram post.
It is unclear at this stage what will happen with Greensgrow West and its garden centre. Management did not respond to our email. We’ll let you know when we have more information.
If you want to support Greensgrow, go here.