Student Project | Sowing Ground | Selina Cheah and Elizabeth Servito

Sowing Ground reimages the former PES Refinery site into a new food hub for Philadelphia. For over 150 years, the PES Refinery was the largest and oldest refinery on the East Coast that was shut down in 2019 by a massive fire.  Today, scars of extractive industry permeate the site while polluted air continues to affect nearby communities. To cultivate lasting healing and equitable growth, we look to the site’s Lenni-Lenape roots and the once-fertile agriculture land as a foundation for an abundant future.

Layers of agricultural history, economic opportunities, and local interests in food sovereignty support site programming around food and seed. For over 10,000 years, the Lenape

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