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North Philadelphia: Historical Fair Hill Burial Ground

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Meet Victoria and Sookie (that adorable pitbull) they use the cemetery often.

Meet Victoria and Sookie (that adorable pitbull) they use the cemetery often.

This is Bri Barton the cemetery's wonderful farm manger. She is showing us mug-wart which can induce menstruation in women and often vivid dreams

This is Bri Barton the cemetery’s wonderful farm manger. She is showing us mug-wart which can induce menstruation in women and often vivid dreams

Irises in bloom? So beautiful.

Irises in bloom? So beautiful.

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Quakers believe that all people are equal and that their gravestones should reflect it. Often mistaken for a pet cemetery because the stones are so small, it is really just a sign of equity among members.

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Meet Yona a jetsetter with a heart for permaculture, travel, japanese culture and fun!

Meet Yona a jetsetter with a heart for permaculture, travel, japanese culture and fun!

The entrance into the cemetery.

The entrance into the cemetery.

What’s Cool About it:  20 years ago Historical Fair Hill Burial Ground was a dump. Everything from bags of trash to cars were dumped in this space. There was no fence, no purpose and it was a disgrace to the deceased Quakers who rested beneath the mounds. When two children were killed in heated crossfire, the community retraced the origins of the burial ground to the Quakers and asked for them to take responsibility for the land. The burial was far from a beautiful green space and was in fact a sore in the community.

The Quakers responded immediately putting up a fence that was stolen overnight. This space required commitment to restore it to its former glory and a newer stronger fence was put up. No lawn mower had been able to cut the grass in over 20 years and it took 3 long years of clearing out all the junk before a shiny Cub Cadet was able to taste its greenery.

When was the last time someone wanted to bring their children into a cemetery? Well at Historical Fair Hill Burial Ground that is exactly what people do. The founders intentions were to have a well groomed cemetery but also a playground and active garden too.

Who the hell does that? Death is often a dead end, however Fair Hill changes our perception of what a cemetery is. It changes our perception of where we can rejoice and be positive and experience healing. It makes sense to place a garden in a cemetery that makes you aware of the life cycle, because in a garden things live and die and there is growth. Why not acknowledge life and rejoice in life? Instead of avoiding death like the plague.

About the farmers:

Bri Barton, the farm manager is freakin’ amazing. Not only did she offer her home to us within the few seconds of meeting with us we were able to experience Fair Hill through her eyes. She’s a super friendly chick. She gives off a cool easy vibe of love and respect for her work and the community she is newly apart of. We really enjoyed learning to identify plants we’ve never seen before, like comfrey, hairy vetch and mugwart.

Check out  the Historical Fair Hill Burial Ground at http://www.historicfairhill.org/

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Author: zestyjazz

I'm a garden and a bicycle.

3 thoughts on “North Philadelphia: Historical Fair Hill Burial Ground

  1. I’m sure you don’t mind, but I went ahead and borrowed your picture for my fb profile picture. 🙂 Sending ya’ll good mojo and good weather! I love the style of writing in the blog thus far–can’t wait to hear about future adventures–and I hopehopehope you keep making time to do personal writing! Actually, you know what? WRITING CHALLENGE, ACTIVATE. Me and my pen vs. my job, you and your pen vs. all the other cool stuff and pedaling vying for your attention in the coming months. Betcha can’t write more than me each week. 😉 I’m totally going to nag you about it. Brace yourself.

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    • Omg Yona. You totally lit the competitive spirit within. I am totally down for this writing challenge. It will be fun to have a reason to rise a bit early to write. Are we facebook friends? We should text each other our word counts to keep each other super engaged. Much love!!!

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