Phil has led POP’s orchard design and development since our first plantings in the spring of 2007. As Executive Director, he works with POP’s board and staff to design and plant orchards, coordinate volunteers, lead educational programs, write grants and organize fundraising activities. Phil has eighteen years of experience in urban farming, gardening, and landscaping. He holds a BS in Horticulture and Landscape Design from Colorado State University and a Certificate in Permaculture Design & Teaching from the Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute. Phil previously owned and operated an edible landscape design business in Philadelphia and also blogs on urban farming, edible landscaping, and food growing and has written articles for GRID, the Permaculture Activist, and Urban Farming magazine. In 2017, Phil received the first ever Mary Seton Corboy Award from the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.
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Alyssa Schimmel was hired to serve as Education Director in winter 2017 following two years of interning with POP. In this role, she oversees POP’s school orchard program, expanding educational opportunities through curriculum and workshop development, network building, event planning, and POP publications. A Master Gardener and herbalist with a clinical practice, Alyssa also teaches a year-long course called Wild Wisdom in wild foods and medicines at Awbury Arboretum, where she is working to develop educational curriculum surrounding earth and ancestral skills. She graduated with a B.A. in Communications & Media Studies from the University of Maryland, earned her permaculture design certificate from Starhawk and Charles Williams, and is completing coursework for advanced study in clinical herbal medicine with David Winston’s Center for Herbal Studies.
Michael Muehlbauer was hired as POP’s Orchard Director in January 2018 and brings together a background in sustainable and urban agriculture, edible landscaping, social permaculture, fine gardening, construction, engineering and experience gained from volunteering with a large number of organizations. In addition to his work with POP, Michael also currently farms with youth in Germantown while serving as the operations manager for Grumblethorpe historic house and gardens. Founder of Sustain-a-culture consulting and design, former co-owner of the sustainable and edible landscaping company Contemporary Homestead and core member of the Beacon Food Forest in Seattle, WA, Michael enjoys the practice of social farming and aims to bring community powered food forestry to public land in Philadelphia with the Fair-Amount Food Forest initiative. He began farming with F.H. King Students for Sustainable Agriculture in 2009 and worked as a research farmer in organic and no-till agricultural experiments for two years at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he received a Bachelor’s of Science in Agricultural and Biological Systems Engineering.
Alkebu-Lan Marcus was hired as POP’s Orchard Assistant in February 2018. He is a Philadelphia native, born and raised in West Philadelphia. Alkebu-lan first got involved with food justice and urban farming in 2015 and previously served as POP’s Orchard Apprentice in 2016. He has presented at the Black Urban Growers Conference on Biochar and Indigenous Microorganisms. Alkebu-Lan is also currently the farm director of Mill Creek Urban Farm in West Philadelphia, where he provides the 19131 & 19139 community with locally grown produce.
Kim joined the POP staff as Development Director in January 2019. Originally from California, Kim grew up with a mini-orchard in her backyard, enjoying apricots, oranges, apples, and clementines fresh from the tree. She moved to Philadelphia in 2004 to pursue a PhD in Immunology from the University of Pennsylvania, completing her dissertation on food-borne parasites in 2010. While in school Kim began volunteering with POP, and after planting and tending trees in many of Philadelphia’s neighborhoods, meeting inspiring community groups and growers, and falling in love with the city, she decided to call it home. Kim served on POP’s Board from 2009-2016, including terms as Board President and Treasurer, and most recently worked as Development Manager at Fairmount Park Conservancy. While at the Conservancy she worked with Get Healthy Philly and Philadelphia Parks & Recreation to launch We Walk PHL, free community-led walking groups in city parks. She appreciates the many opportunities the city offers to become civically engaged. Kim graduated from the Citizens Planning Institute in Fall 2017, was elected in May 2018 as a Democratic committee person in Philadelphia’s 31st Ward, and serves on the Fishtown Neighbors Association Beautification Committee.
Garrison Hines was hired as POP’s Orchard Apprentice in March 2019. With a drive for knowledge and motivation to make an impact in the community, he has dedicated his studies to urban agriculture. A lifelong resident of North Philadelphia, Garrison is a recent graduate of the Powercorps program with Philadelphia Parks & Recreation and is currently also employed as a summer team leader at POP partner site FNC Learning Farm. In his off time, Garrison can often be found reading or playing a good game of chess.