Stephenney Ariyakham from our Youth Leadership Council testified as a community member at this rally this past Tuesday about taking back our vacant land! Stephenney identified herself proudly as a member of the Southeast Philadelphia Collaborative Youth Leadership Council and Philadelphia Urban Food and Fitness Alliance. She shared her story of how she has worked on the South Philly Teen Orchard and the transformation this space has undergone.
She also talked about how she grew up with her parents growing plants and vegetation because that is how they fed themselves before they came to the U.S. She then went on to explain how beneficial vacant lots are to the community. She talked further about PUFFA and that she learned how the produce is not always the freshest because it travels so far and that it would be better if the produce came from the nearby area. Check out this video of her testimony!