Urban Tree Connection
Urban Tree Connection (UTC)is a grassroots organization whose mission is to work with residents in Philadelphia’s historically marginalized urban communities to transform abandoned open spaces into safe and functional places that inspire and promote positive human interaction. Founded in 1989, UTC works primarily with residents of West Philadelphia's Haddington neighborhood to develop community-driven greening and gardening projects on vacant land. Over the past 19 years, UTC has partnered with residents to redevelop 29 vacant lots, totaling more than 86,000 square feet of land. Together, we have repurposed these spaces for communal growing and gathering, sustainable food production and affordable food distribution, and multi-generational community health and wellness education – including nutrition/healthy cooking, gardening, food, land and environmental justice. Our aim is to cultivate community leadership, improve community health, and develop a local sustainable equitable food system.