If you are reading this blog, the term “tool library” may seem self-explanatory, but, when you explain it to someone who has never heard of the concept, you see their imagination begin to turn. Their eyes narrow and their gaze drifts as they wonder how on earth tool sharing works. After being convinced that, yes, such a library really does exist—and, yes, there really is one here in Philadelphia—excitement strikes and their eyes widen. “Do you have…?!” and “How about…?” and “You surely can’t have…!”.
Since our founding in 2007, we have convinced over 2,000 Philadelphians and Philadelphia-area organizations that a tool library—the West Philly Tool Library—really is a great idea. The City of Philadelphia’s Parks & Recreation‘s urban agriculture program, Junior Farmer, is of those 2,000+ members.
Junior Farmers teaches youth ages 2-12 years the benefits of growing their own food and the rewards of tending to the natural environment. Junior Farmers uses the West Philly Tool Library’s gardening and building tools to complete many of their projects. Recently, they reported using Tool Library tools to build a fence for their children’s garden at Francis Myers Recreation Center at 58th & Kingsessing.
At the Tool Library, we believe that, if given the tools, the imagination will take care of the rest. We are proud to see our tools, and the Junior Farmers’ imagination, are being put to good use in Southwest Philadelphia.
To learn more about Junior Farmers, visit their website here.