The Spirit: CHA Wins Major Award for Unique Farm/Store Partnership

The Chester Housing Authority (CHA) has won a prestigious Bellamy Award for its unique Bennett Farm marketing partnership with a local grocery store. The Pennsylvania Association of Housing and Redevelopment Agencies (PAHRA) determined that the farm-to-store arrangement was the top community development project from among all entries, including those from much larger housing agencies around the state.

Read More
 

Delaware County Daily Times: Chester farm shares its bounty

Veterans and children living in Chester Housing Authority properties gathered Thursday at the Ruth L. Bennett Community Farm to showcase their culinary expertise at a farm-to-table fundraising event. For 10 years, the farm has welcomed Chester City residents to its grounds to learn the art of farming and healthy eating. Now, it is bringing together two different CHA program participant groups: Children from low-income families and veterans.

Read More
 

Delaware County Daily Times: Chester Charter School for Arts opens on former CHA site

Hundreds of excited Chester Charter School for the Arts (CCSA) students and their families attended an open house Thursday afternoon for the new 90,000-square-foot school facility located at 1500 Highland Avenue. The non-profit K-12 public charter school will hold a private ribbon cutting ceremony Friday to mark the opening of their new $25 million campus.

Read More
 

CLPHA Member Spotlight: CHA’s Ruth Bennett Farm Earns Revenue, Educates Residents About Growing Food

For over a decade, Chester, Pennsylvania was a complete food desert – the city, which sits just outside of Philadelphia and is home to approximately 37,000 people, did not even have one supermarket. Ten years ago, Chester Housing Authority (CHA) Executive Director Steven A. Fischer realized that CHA was sitting on a few acres of land that wasn’t exactly prime for building additional housing, so he drummed up interest in a community garden.

Read More
 

Chester City Blog: Chester Housing Authority and Swarthmore Co-Op Selling CHA-Grown Flowers

The Chester Housing Authority’s community farm has found a second line of business – flower sales. And it has found a partner to help market the flowers – the Swarthmore Co-Op community food market. The first harvest of Sunflowers went on sale in late June.

Read More
 

Philadelphia Tribune: Chester Housing Authority farm gains outlet at local grocer

Officials from Chester Housing Authority and the Fair & Square grocery store have formed a produce partnership that features items grown at agency’s Ruth L. Bennett Homes community farm. “We’re excited to partner with the Chester Housing Authority,” Mike Basher, Fair & Square’s vice president for retail operations, said in a news release.

Read More
 
loading