March 22, 2009

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Philadelphia Community Farm

A non-profit education and conservation organization located on the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway,
near Osceola, Wisconsin.

"Philadelphia" refers to the spirit of 'brotherly love'
by which we seek to live and work.

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CSA Garden Vegetables

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Cedar Bend Folk School

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How You Can Help

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Map to Philadelphia Community Farm

"To restore health and vitality to people, animals,
plants and the earth."
Philadelphia Community Farm's Mission


More than 1200 children and adults are involved each year in the following inter-related programs:


As a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm, we offer weekly seasonal shares of vegetables and fruits, grown with organic and biodynamic methods, to 100 area families, two food shelves, and an inner city youth program.

Ecological Service Learning. 1-10 day visits from Midwestern public and private schools, summer camps for 100 inner-city children with Youth Farm and Market Project and day trips for new immigrant families with & local food.

A "life-sharing," residential community welcomes adults and children with
varying abilities for healthy foster care and respite and meaningful education
and work. Here all can enjoy an active community life, inspired by the international Camphill Communities
and others working with people in need of special care.

Nature and Waldorf-based educational programs offer children, ages 7-14, a developmental boost in developmental summer camps. We also work one-on-one and in small groups, providing an interim or supplemental educational program, allowing intensive work on special needs, and helping children return to regular classrooms.


We collaborate with the UW Madison Arboretum's Earth Partnership for Schools, involving teachers and students in a K-12 interdisciplinary program of ecological restoration on school grounds and nearby natural areas. With the Arboretum's RESTORE Initiative, we are helping to extend this nationally acclaimed program to Western Wisconsin, Minnesota and other states.


Young adult mentorship. In addition to seasonal internships, we host AmeriCorps members year-round in partnership with the Milwaukee YMCA. Six National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) AmeriCorps teams have also participated for 3-8 weeks. Experiences in CSA farming/gardening, home-making, ecological restoration and education, help young people build a base of life experience with insights into human development, place-based education, service-learning and leadership.

The Cedar Bend Folk School is a place and an idea. A log retreat building houses visiting children, families and groups. Folk Education, originally developed as "informal adult learning" based on a farm, has contributed to major cultural changes over 135 years in Scandinavia and the U.S. Today children, youth and adults learn how they can "make a difference" in an increasingly complex world. Study circles, conversations and service-learning can lead to social entreprenureship and sustainable communities.

Through the "folk school" we worked with local farmers & interested citizens to create Standing Cedars Community Land Conservancy, preserving more than 1500 acres of wildlife habitat and farmland in the St. Croix Valley. We coordinated a USDA-SARE project documenting the pioneering efforts of Community Supported Agriculture in the Mid-west, hosting conferences and study circles on CSA for local and regional farmers and consumers. Currently we are partners with Yggdrasil Land Foundation and other organizations developing new cooperative strategies to preserve farmland and working farms across the country.

Email us at:
Write us at Philadelphia Community Farm
Box 668
Osceola, WI 54020