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Apr. 13, 2016 8:48 am

South Kensington’s ‘little farm’ is sticking around — for now

The Court of Common Pleas granted the community garden some extra time in the midst of its lawsuit with a developer.

Growing plants.

(Courtesy photo)

The seeds of hope have been sown in a community garden in South Kensington.

Last month, La Finquita — “The Little Farm” — entered a lawsuit with Mayrone, LLC, a developer looking to seize the once-abandoned property.

For now, La Finquita is safe.

“In response to the developers’ threats, we applied to the court for an injunction to restrain the developers from taking the matters into their own hands,” wrote Barbara Grimaldi, director of development and communications at The Public Interest Law Center, which is representing La Finquita’s parent nonprofit the Catholic Worker in partnership with Saul Ewing, LLP.

Grimaldi said that motion was denied. But, last week, the garden was granted an “emergency injunction.”

The Public Interest Law Center, in partnership with Saul Ewing LLPfiled civil action in the Court of Common Pleas on behalf of Catholic Worker to assert the nonprofit’s legal ownership of the land.

“For now, gardeners can move forward with spring planting and preparations for another robust growing season,” Grimaldi said.

It’s good to touch the green, green grass of home.

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