Last week, students visited Pennypack Farm & Education Center and Salem Baptist church as well as the surrounding facilities. Students took the We Love Philly bus up to Pennypack Farm, where they were greeted by board member and Pastor, Marshall Mitchell, the farm’s Executive Director, Julie McCabe, farm manager, Kirstie Jones, and Assistant Farm Manager Steph Jones.
While at the farm, students learned about and introduced to the crops that are grown there, cabbages and potatoes, and the certain conditions that help crops grow. After the students were acquainted with the farm and the staff, the students headed over to the Salem Baptist church where they were informed of the church’s origins and what goes on there.
After that, the group was led towards Gray Nuns of the Sacred Heart building where Marshall Mitchell explained the plan for the upcoming renovations that are going to take place. After leaving the nunnery, the students headed towards Abington day school, which holds a vast food cupboard or food bank on the lower level. The food bank contains things like menstrual products and food. Once inside, Marshall Mitchell explained the purpose behind it and how it operates similarly to something like Amazon.
The day ended on a high note when Marshall Mitchell directed the students to a classroom size, homemade, in-house movie theater with subwoofers and a projector in the side lower half of the Abington day school. There, he shared his movie buff side and commented on the precision of care that is required to balance the volume of the voices with the sound effects/music.