About Us

Mission

Mill Creek Urban Farm is an educational farm and environmental education center located in West Philadelphia. We are dedicated to improving local access to fresh, chemical-free produce at low cost for the immediate Mill Creek community and surrounding neighborhoods. We are a people of color-led non-profit organization in service of communities of color in need of basic resources. Mill Creek Urban Farm is dedicated to cultivating a healthy environment, growing strong communities and promoting a just and sustainable food system.

Vision

We envision a world in which everyone has access to affordable, healthy, culturally appropriate food, and where local communities work collaboratively to build a food system that is socially just and environmentally and economically sustainable.

Value Statement 

We value:

The neighborhood in which we farm. We work with our neighbors to strengthen our community. 

Experiential education. We provide hands-on, farm-based learning opportunities.

Our environment. We demonstrate innovative ways to foster sustainable living.

Community and collaboration. We work with and exchange ideas with others. 

Urban food production. We foster the connection between people and the food they eat.

Equity and justice. We believe healthy, affordable food is a basic human right. 

History

A Little Taste of Everything (ALTOE) is a non-profit agency whose mission is to increase access to nutritious, affordable foods and provide food system education for low-income populations in Philadelphia. ALTOE grew out of a youth-driven project at University City High School (UCHS) in conjunction with the Urban Nutrition Initiative (UNI) and received its non-profit status in 2005. ALTOE evolved from previous efforts to improve food security in West Philadelphia communities through school gardens and farmers’ markets.

ALTOE’s mission is put into action through the Mill Creek Farm (MCF), an educational urban farm project. The Mill Creek Farm (MCF) is located at 4901 Brown Street in the Mill Creek Neighborhood of West Philadelphia.  The Mill Creek runs under the land we work on and was enclosed in a sewer 100 years ago. Housing was built on fill that was not stable for the foundations and began to subside. It was eventually torn down in the 1970s. Since that time there has been a community garden on the western portion of the block, but the eastern portion sat vacant except for trash and weeds until 2005.  In August 2005, the Philadelphia Water Department awarded ALTOE 1.5 acres of vacant land, at 49th and Brown Streets in the Mill Creek Neighborhood of West Philadelphia, on which to start the project. Initial funding for MCF came from Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s Growing Greener Grant for Stormwater Management and the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS). The Mill Creek Farm had a successful first season in 2006, and has continued to grow and progress as a model for local food system development and sustainability education in succeeding years.

Funding

MCF is an environmental education farm that is part of a not-for-profit supported by private donations, special events, corporate donations, in- kind donations and grants. Additionally, produce sales and income from educational tours partially defray operating costs for the farm project.

Past and current funders include: Allen Hilles Fund, Barra Foundation, Claneil Foundation, Douty Foundation, Fourjay Foundation, OIC of America, Patricia Kind Family Foundation, Rosenlund Family Foundation, Leo and Peggy Pierce Foundation. Independence Foundation, Philadelphia Committee of the Garden Club of America, Union Benevolent Association, The Philadelphia Foundation, Samuel S. Fels Fund, The Links, Inc, UNFI Foundation, Nutiva Foundation, Penn CAREs.

Upcoming Events

Mill Creek Farm is an educational urban farm located in West Philadelphia that is dedicated to improving local access to fresh produce, building a healthy community and environment, and promoting a just and sustainable food system.

All charitable donations are tax-deductible. The Mill Creek Farm is a program of A Little Taste of Everything, a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.