Marathon Restaurants is “spreading the love, one carrot at a time.” At 27th and Masters Streets, Marathon owner Cary Borish and urban farmer Patrick Dunn are building an urban farm, which will provide organic produce to customers and Marathon restaurants around the city.
Marathon and the farm are in the process of developing a non-profit organization, Marathon Loves Philadelphia Foundation, which will fund the remainder of the project—$10,000 is still needed to make this happen. Click here to donate. In the meantime, Fair Food, Inc., is sponsoring the project, allowing donors to commit tax-deductible donations for the cause.
The garden will be 15,750 square feet, complete with tool sheds, washing station, a mini orchard, vegetable beds and herbs, all of which will be sold on-site to the surrounding community at the Marathon Farm Stand. In addition, 20 plots will be reserved for local community members to tend.
Not only will the garden yield produce, it will be an educational, sustainable, collaborative learning space. Dunn and other farmers will host programs (for youth and adults) focusing on nutrition, the environment and sustainability. Composting workshops and cooking demos will provide the community with hands-on ways to learn how to live a healthy lifestyle.
Two fundraisers to support the Marathon Farm will be held in March. The first will be on March 20 from 7-10pm at the 10th and Walnut Marathon. Blue grass bands will fuel the Hoedown featuring raffles, food and drink specials. On March 26 from 7-10pm a Farm Dinner featuring local ingredients will be held, featuring a candlelit dinner in honor of “Earth Hour.”
Opening day of Marathon Farm will take place on-site on March 21 at 1 p.m. during a press conference led by Mayor Michael Nutter.