Navy Yard to be a Pick-up Location for a Community Supported Agriculture Program in 2023


We are excited to announce the Navy Yard will be a new pick-up location this upcoming spring for a Philadelphia-based community supported agriculture (CSA) program called FarmerJawn.

What is a CSA?

CSAs help local farmers prepare for the season ahead and with your share dollars, they can buy seeds, supplies, plan labor, and purchase equipment to grow all the food in the upcoming season. If you’re thinking about joining the CSA, you are making a powerful decision to support your community economics, your local farmer, and to provide organic nourishment to the mind, body, and soul of you and your loved ones!

Who is FarmerJawn?

FarmerJawn is a local agriculture company that follows regenerative farming practices that concentrate on soil health and increasing access to organic food to marginalized communities. The company has made a commitment to supporting sustainable farming practices in and around the Philadelphia region.

PIDC and FarmerJawn share a goal that highlights and supports local, small businesses, and FarmerJawn helps to support local businesses that take pride in producing organic and/or natural products for your lifestyle, body, and home.

FarmerJawn CSA Program Details

The 2023 CSA share season is scheduled to run from Sunday, April 16 to Sunday, July 2, 2023, with a variety of subscription options.

Each share consists of 8-10 weekly items including various organic vegetables, fruits, herbs, tea, honey, recipes and will feature an all-natural food, home, or body product from a local maker throughout the season.

FarmerJawns’ 2023 CSA options are detailed below:

  • Home-based CSA
    • Feeds up to 4 people
    • $400 Full CSA – 12 weekly pick-ups
    • $200 Half CSA – 6 bi-weekly pick-ups
  • Office-based CSA*
    • 12 weekly pick-ups
    • $1,000 – accommodates 10 people
    • $2,000 – accommodates 20 people

*The Office-Based CSA option is created specifically for offices. An example of an office-based CSA is companies investing in their teams with a healthy perk to show your team you care. These shares include fruits and veggies that are delicious raw or easy to prepare in an office setting and are made to accommodate between 10-20 people (depending on the chosen membership option).

The Navy Yard’s pick up is scheduled for

Wednesdays from noon – 6 p.m. beginning April 19

and will be on the porch of Building 101 at 4747 S Broad St.

Choose the option that best meets your needs and visit the FarmerJawn website for more information.

Example of FarmJawn CSA season.

Example of FarmJawn CSA season.

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The Navy Yard Welcomes Labcorp

Labcorp staff on opening day

Labcorp staff on opening day

The Navy Yard is pleased to welcome Labcorp to the Navy Yard Community. Located at 1 Crescent Drive, Suite 102, Labcorp is convenient and accessible to individuals who work or live within close proximity to the Navy Yard.

Services and Support Offered

  • Appointment scheduling
  • Courier service
  • Variety of test order and result delivery solutions
  • Labcorp Patient PortalTM and mobile app
  • Comprehensive test menu
  • Expanded specimen collection locations
  • Local STAT capabilities
  • Insurance claims

About Labcorp
Labcorp is a leading global life sciences company. With a mission to improve health and improve lives, Labcorp delivers world-class diagnostic solutions, brings innovative medicines to patients faster and uses technology to improve the delivery of care.

The scientists, medical researchers, doctors, and health care professionals that work for Labcorp advance science, technology and innovations to make real, meaningful differences in patients’ lives. Using world-class diagnostics to improve patient care and accelerating drug development, Labcorp is always rethinking ways to make health care more accessible. Labcorp partners with and provides services to anyone, in any community, affected by health care. This includes managed care organizations, biopharmaceutical companies, governmental agencies, physicians and other healthcare providers, hospitals and health systems, employers, patients and consumers, contract research organizations, and independent clinical laboratories.

Labcorp is open Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. This lab welcomes walk-ins or schedule an appointment today.

  • Address: 1 Crescent Drive, Suite 102
  • Phone Number: 215-618-4773

Current Vinta Bio staff at the Navy Yard

The Navy Yard Welcomes Vinta Bio

The Navy Yard is pleased to welcome Vinta Bio, our newest life sciences company, to the Navy Yard community located at 4050 S. 26th Street, Suite 200. Vinta Bio, a contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO), is focused on helping customers develop and manufacture viral vectors and cell therapy products. Its vision is to grow into a staple in the cell and gene therapy industry through their superior product quality and unmatched customer service.

Philadelphia is one of the fastest growing cell and gene therapy hubs in the country, which is one of the many reasons Vinta Bio moved its company to the Navy Yard. Additionally, Philadelphia has great incentives for small businesses looking to grow and add jobs to the local economy.

Vinta Bio currently has 20 employees and is forecasted to triple in size within the next 12 months. Seeing the demand for service there is a tremendous potential for business development and building partnerships, new customers, and local talent. The development aspirations are front and center for Vinta Bio. If you want to work in a GMP facility with a team at the ready to get started on projects for viral vector or cell therapy production or are interested in producing research-grade plasmids to support the program, please contact Aaron Solis, Head of Business Development, at

Current Vinta Bio staff at the Navy Yard

Current Vinta Bio staff at the Navy Yard

Companies like Vinta Bio are at the heart of the Navy Yard’s 20-year plan, which includes constructing 1.5 million square feet of life science manufacturing facilities. The Navy Yard is uniquely suited to attract and support life sciences both locally and internationally. With its proximity to the innovation and talent pool in University City and the surrounding region, the Navy Yard is an alluring option for companies looking to create unprecedented advances in medicine.

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The Navy Yard Welcomes FKB Studios

The Navy Yard is pleased to welcome FKB Studios who recently located to Building 990! FKB is a cutting edge and innovative design and fabrication company specializing in creating immersive spaces. It is the exciting result of the recent merger of two established Philadelphia-based design and fabrication companies: FK Productions and B Fabrication. Together, FKB are masters in the art of applied imagination, enjoying a reputation for developing industry-leading approaches to civic placemaking, retail and entertainment facility design/build, experiential marketing, museum exhibit design, installation, and large-scale artwork.

While fostering its capabilities in digital design for architecture, fabrication, and installation, it has extended these skills into the virtual realm to create hybrid events (a blend of VR/AR and real work entertainment) that blur the line between the virtual and physical worlds.

An FKB installment at New York City’s Pier 17. The piece is based on the NFT character Aku, which was created by Micah Johnson, a former MLB player turned artist, after he heard a young boy ask, “can astronauts be black.” Photo courtesy of FKB.

An FKB installment at New York City’s Pier 17. The piece is based on the NFT character Aku, which was created by Micah Johnson, a former MLB player turned artist, after he heard a young boy ask, “can astronauts be black.” Photo courtesy of FKB.

An FKB sculpture of a life-sized S-Class Mercedes, which was parametrically modeled and put through a crash-test simulation, is made entirely from mirror-polished and regular stainless steel, comprising of over 9,000 individual pieces. Photo courtesy of FKB.

An FKB sculpture of a life-sized S-Class Mercedes, which was parametrically modeled and put through a crash-test simulation, is made entirely from mirror-polished and regular stainless steel, comprising of over 9,000 individual pieces. Photo courtesy of FKB.

FKB prides itself on the ability to create what has not been created before; there everything is possible.

First located on Cambria Street in the West Kensington area of the city, FKB found that as the scope and scale of its business endeavors expanded, it became critical to find a new location in which to grow in terms of space and the impact it makes in the local community. FKB currently has about 50 employees, and the company is forecasted to double or even triple its staff size over the next several years in its new space.

The new studio in Building 990 at 2001 Kitty Hawk Avenue is nearly triple the size of its previous studio space and burgeoning community of businesses here at the Navy Yard allows FKB to align itself with likeminded leaders in various industries and further establish itself as an industry leader in fabrication, design, and installation. The FKB team is excited about the already growing network of businesses to call neighbors and looks forward to further integrating its team into the culture and community here.

A 40-foot FKB sculpture at the Faith and Liberty Discovery Center in Philadelphia. This is FKB’s largest installation to date. Photo courtesy of FKB.

A 40-foot FKB sculpture at the Faith and Liberty Discovery Center in Philadelphia. This is FKB’s largest installation to date. Photo courtesy of FKB.

For more information about FKB or learn about its work, please visit or email

A.J. Adams, PIDC’s new Program Manager, Navy Yard Workforce Development Initiatives

The Navy Yard Launches its Pilot Workforce Development Program

With a generous $1.5 million grant from the JPMorgan Chase, PIDC is thrilled to officially launch its pilot workforce program in collaboration with University City District (UCD) and the West Philadelphia Skills Initiative (WPSI) and Temple University. Together, we will partner to build a place-based network of employer-driven workforce programs in West, North, and South Philadelphia.

These partners represent communities experiencing significant economic growth – at West and North Philadelphia’s anchor institutions, and at the Navy Yard in South Philadelphia. Since WPSI’s inception in 2011, program participants who had previously been unemployed for an average of 53 weeks have gone on to earn more than $30 million in collective wages while increasing employers’ productivity and excellence.

Building on the successful and proven West Philadelphia Skills Initiative model, PIDC at the Navy Yard will engage with our employers to understand their hiring needs, and then work to build talent pipelines in adjacent communities to advance workers into career trajectory jobs while addressing staffing challenges for businesses.

Adrian “A.J.” Adams will lead the Navy Yard’s workforce development initiatives as the Program Manager. He joins the PIDC team with the exciting opportunity to recruit, assess, select, train and place South Philadelphia residents in career-ladder jobs at the Navy Yard that offer stability and opportunities for advancement. Prior to joining PIDC, A.J. worked for the City of Philadelphia, Office of Workforce Development administering the City’s first-ever municipal-focused workforce development program, which was designed to create viable pathways to permanent employment for under/unemployed Philadelphia’s. With seven years of experience supporting adult job seekers, employers, and programs focused on career training, A.J. is an enthusiastic workforce professional dedicated to designing programs to help Philadelphians connect to high-quality employment. When not working A.J enjoys time with his family, being outdoors, and cycling. In August he will compete in his first mountain bike race, traversing 32 miles and over 2,800 ft of elevation in central PA.

A.J. Adams, PIDC’s new Program Manager, Navy Yard Workforce Development Initiatives

JPMorgan Chase’s gift is a major investment in our collaborative work, and we are deeply grateful to them for their support. These funds will allow PIDC to continue to deliver on our commitment of an innovative, inclusive, and welcoming place in Philadelphia for workers to access life-changing career opportunities.

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Meet The Team: Kate McNamara

Kate McNamara, PIDC

Kate McNamara was promoted at PIDC to Senior Vice President, Navy Yard. As an attorney specializing in complex project management, public sector real estate, and capital projects, she will continue to build on the Navy Yard’s current momentum, implementing the next phase of development, while growing the vision of the Navy Yard as a top regional destination.

In her new leadership role at PIDC, Kate will continue to build on current momentum and implement the next phase of growth and development at the Navy Yard. She will focus on the vision of the Navy Yard as a top regional destination through key initiatives, including enhancing Navy Yard accessibility with infrastructure improvements on Broad Street and an expanded transit program; attracting new and expanding employers in research and development, life sciences, corporate and financial services, and manufacturing and industry, enhanced by a robust program of retail, hospitality and residential development; and building a community where companies and their employees thrive through workforce development partnerships, special events and programming, and public art. 

Prior to joining PIDC, McNamara served as Special Assistant to Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell, managing the Commonwealth’s $450 million port expansion initiative and strategic planning for the $786 million expansion of the Pennsylvania Convention Center. She also represented the Commonwealth on the boards of the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority and the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority. McNamara also held positions at the Delaware River Port Authority as Assistant General Counsel, followed by Director, Port of Philadelphia and Camden to manage the $18 million Philadelphia Cruise Terminal and $10 million Riverlink Ferry System. McNamara holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and a bachelor’s degree in Geography from the State University of New York. McNamara resides with her family in the Fairmount neighborhood of Philadelphia and serves on the Board of Governors for the Germantown Cricket Club, Philadelphia Planning and Land Use Policy Committee for the Urban Land Institute, and steering committee for the Philadelphia Trail Master Plan Committee. 

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