Every year, this four-acre plot in Southwest Philadelphia produces 12,000 pounds of food, welcomes 10,000 school kids, employs 22 high school interns, hosts 45 families in a community garden, distributes 80,000 seedlings, supplies 50 farmstands and welcomes 1500 volunteers. And that's only the beginning.
Across the state, the task of helping communities thrive financially, socially, architecturally and culturally is passing to a new generation. And if the five women under 40 profiled here are representative of that next wave, Pennsylvania is in good hands.
This beloved annual event (running August 19-27) is the largest encampment in the country and a big economic boon to the region. Families wait for years to earn one of the fair's coveted tent spots. Now, thanks to a new equestrian center, the fun lasts all year long.
In areas like Strawberry Mansion, a complex patchwork of challenges -- including tangled titles, aging homes and long waits for programs -- can make it hard for residents to maintain and repair their historic properties. A local CDC is working to change all that.
With a population of only 43,000 in a compact five square miles, York has an entrepreneurial ecosystem that rivals many of its big-city counterparts. Now a growing slate of incubators and development programs is boosting local food, tech and manufacturing startups.