Fox Chase Farm lets Philadelphia students grow crops, raise livestock

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — Fox Chase Farm gets busy this school year as thousands of students begin visiting the farm for hands-on experience and to learn about farming, one of Pennsylvania’s largest industries.

Fox Chase Farm offers a unique experience in the city where people would not normally expect to see a large farm.

The property is located on Pine Road in the Fox Chase neighborhood of Philadelphia.

Farm educator Olivia Mingora said about 30,000 students of all ages in the Philadelphia school district will participate in a variety of programs throughout the school year.

Some students will go on field trips, while others will grow crops and raise livestock from start to finish as part of the Agriculture Empowerment Program.

“It’s a great experience because it teaches them how to work and prepares them for any job they might have in the future,” Mingora said.

The 112-acre farm is split between Philadelphia and Montgomery counties. Mingora said the city owns it but said the farm is different. It is only used for student programs.

Mingora said the farm offers about 15 different educational paths that students can take.

Some of them will be returning this school year to help raise baby goats and train them to deal with visitors.

Everything comes with skills that could be used in the future, whether it’s building a barn like middle school students have to do or growing crops during paid internships.

Mingora said the students also made tomato sauce from crops grown on the farm.

The sauce is distributed to culinary programs in the district along with fresh eggs and other student-made items.

Much of this is sold in the farm shop where the students work.

There are also volunteer opportunities that can be applied for on the school district website.

The student farm shop is open on Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m

Mingora said the farm is only open to the public during monthly public events.

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