Subaru partner Greensgrow is a nonprofit organization that revitalizes communities through the practice of sustainable entrepreneurial urban agriculture.
Greensgrow Farms is the major initiative of the Greensgrow Philadelphia Project. A former brownfield site,1 it was cleaned up by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and sat empty for years. In 1998, Mary Seton Corboy transformed the dilapidated lot into an urban farm.
"It’s more than just food to me. It’s turned into everything that I am."
It is now home to a bountiful farmstand, a vibrant nursery, a community kitchen, and thriving Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). Bees, chickens, ducks, and even Milkshake the pig make Greensgrow a popular eco-destination for visitors and students who want to learn more about urban agriculture.
Thousands of pounds of gourmet vegetables are harvested at Greensgrow and served at Philadelphia restaurants, while its annuals, perennials, vegetable plants, and flowers beautify homes, gardens, and public spaces across the city.
Subaru has been a proud supporter of Greensgrow Farms since 2001. It is part of the Subaru philosophy to support and improve the communities in which we live and work.
City of birth: Washington, D.C.
Current residence: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Degrees: B.A. in English and political science, master's in political science
Hobbies: Work (“which I love”), reading, and thinking about exercise
Favorite getaways: Cape May, New Jersey, in winter; Chesapeake Bay
Second language: Street
First job: Stock clerk at a 5-and-10-cent store
Passion: Food, flowers, and communities
Goals: To get up every day (cancer survivor) and to have contributed
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1 “The term ‘brownfield site’ means real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant."
– EPA glossary