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.

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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.

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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.

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Chester City Blog Podcast: Chester Housing Authority talks about partnership with Fair & Square

Podcast: Chester Public Radio 02: Chester Housing Authority talks about partnership with Fair & Square By SERoots, Chester City Blog June 8, 2017 LISTEN...

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Delaware County Daily Times: Chester grocery sells locally grown produce

Chester’s only full-service grocery store is now featuring fresh produce grown locally at the Ruth L. Bennett Homes community farm. Chester Housing Authority officials were joined Tuesday morning by representatives of the Fare & Square grocery store for a ribbon-cutting ceremony launching a partnership that hopefully will yield revenue to assist the CHA in sustaining the farm.

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Chester City Blog: Fare & Square Cuts Ribbon on New ‘Chester Housing Authority-Grown’ Produce Section

This morning, officials from the Chester Housing Authority and Fair & Square grocery store officially launched the partnership of the City’s only full-service grocery store now featuring a CHA farm goods section by cutting the ribbon on a produce section. The products are 100% freshly grown at the Ruth L. Bennett Homes community farm.

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