The Rebel Gardeners are supported by a variety of community partners (listed under ‘The Crew’), including a number of professors and students from the University of Pennsylvania, coordinated by the Netter Center for Community Partnerships. Through these relationships, the Rebel Gardeners are able to leverage the intellectual capital of world class scholars of sustainability, cuisine, entrepreneurship, and plant biology to strengthen our work.
Mary Summers, Senior Fellow at the Fox Leadership Program and Political Science professor, and Jane Kauer, Anthropology professor, co-teach two courses: 1. Politics of Food and Agriculture and 2. Healthy Schools. Students from these courses support the Rebel Gardeners through lesson planning, teaching, and evaluation.
Michael Nairn, professor of Urban Studies, teaching the course Urban Agriculture. His students support the Rebel Gardeners by helping maintain the Pepper Pride Garden and Orchard, save seeds, and cook, preserve and enjoy our harvest. Professor Mike also leads our Eastwick ethnography project where teams of college students and middle-schoolers build relationships and learn from the gardeners in Eastwick.
Domenic Vitiello, professor of City Planning, teaches the coures Metropolitan Agriculture. His students support the Rebel gardeners by helping plant the Pepper Pride Orchard. They also help map and document the Eastwick Community Garden to better understand the multiplicity of benefits the garden provides.
Scott Poethig, professor of Biology, teaches the course Biology of Food. His students support the Rebel Gardeners starting seeds early indoors in the greenhouse and by assisting in the maintenance of our plot at the Eastwick Community Garden.
Jonah Berger, professor of Marketing, teaches the course Contagious. His students support the Rebel Gardeners by helping develop the marketing campaigns for the Rebel Bars and Flower Pots.
Charlene Compher, professor of Nutrition Science, teaches the course Obesity and Society. Her students support the Rebel gardeners by assisting in the development of recipes that follow the ‘think AHEAD’ philosophy- affordable, healthy, easy, accessible, delicious.
David Hewitt, professor of Food Systems and Mycology, advises students on the Pepper Mushroom project.
Steve Finn, professor of Organizational Dynamics, advises on the Rebel Waste project.