The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission

on Friday, October 21, 2011 |
"Oh the Places You'll Go (in Urban Farming)"
With: Nic Esposito and Erica Smith Fichman, Philly Rooted

October 27, 2011
5:30pm- 6:30pm
Temple University
Anderson Hall 27

Nic Esposito is an urban farmer, an urban farm developer and a writer. He co-founded Philly Rooted in 2010 which brought two community gardens, an urban farm, and a grower's cooperative to West Philadelphia. He is currently strategic planning the non-profit that will operate the Marathon Farm in Brewerytown. He also speaks frequently on the topics of urban farming and sustainability, most notably at the TED X conference last year. Last April he released his first novel, Seeds of Discent, about the urban farming movement in Philadelphia. He lives and works from his homestead in the Kensington Section of Philadelphia.

Erica Smith Fichman has a B.S. in Biology from Haverford College and a Master's degree in Horticulture from the University of California, Davis. She and Nic Esposito began their collaboration by starting a community garden at The Woodlands Cemetery and an urban farm and grower's cooperative called the Walnut Hill Community Farm in 2009. In 2010 they started Philly Rooted in an effort to grow food and community in West Philadelphia and beyond. She has worked at Bartram's Garden, the Camden Children's Garden and UC Green, and is now the Tree Campaign Manager at Philadelphia Parks & Recreation where she is working to increase the City's tree canopy cover to 30% by 2025.

For more information about Philly Rooted, please see