The Rebel Gardeners are a collection of young people in Philadelphia working together to get fresh, healthy food in the hands of more people, one seed at a time.
We go to schools where lunches are wrapped in plastic. We are constantly exposed to junk food. Almost all of us know someone with diabetes. There more obese kids here in Philadelphia than just about anywhere else.
The Rebel Gardeners solve these problems. We build gardens. We write books, document valuable agricultural wisdom in the community. We make salads and serve them our classmates at lunch. We grow oyster mushrooms and write a newsletter. We make smoothies and produce a cooking show. We run assemblies that focus on health.
Our main garden is located at Pepper Middle School. Every school, no matter how urban or rural, rich or poor, can benefit from a garden. It is an enriching outdoor (or indoor) educational space that engages learners of all ages in meaningful hands-on experiences relating to nature and food. The Rebel Gardeners strive to “teach a man to fish” and empower schools and communities to grow their own food and eat together.
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The Rebel Gardeners formed through a collaboration between Pepper Middle School, the Agatston Urban Nutrition Initiative (AUNI), a program of Penn’s Netter Center for Community Partnerships, and the School District of Philadelphia (SDP).