• Cultural Engine


    Incubating, seeding a network of living industry








  • What is a Cultural Engine?


    Cultural Engines endeavor to grow healthy communities & ecosystems that are able to meet the needs of all Life, and are thus positioned to peacefully supplant our dying Modern World (a fading system that steals & transports, with great effort, all it needs to survive).


    Cultural Engines are groups of people who work together to grow their individual and their community's capacity to empower themselves in all areas of Life. They strive to grow both hubs of living industry (in the form of Homes, sanctuary places, & more), as well as the connections that join these hubs into a powerful network. Through the Engine, we intend to:

    • Cultivate visionary local leadership.
    • Create pathways to access the unique & essential gifts in everyone.
    • Drive a wider, cultural, paradigm-shift towards regeneration -- the property by which Life makes more & more kinds of itself possible.

    The West Philly Cultural Engine


    This West Philly Cultural Engine is a vocational training program. We offer & host training in gardens, kitchens, permaculture, and regeneration, in which all are invited to share their gifts for the benefit of all.


    The yields of this particular Engine (described in greater detail in the rest of the website) include:

    • a Community Supported Kitchen
    • a growing number of abundant gardens in the area; 
    • deeper community ties; 
    • educational programs; 
    • life design services; & more. 

    The Engine is also nested inside of a much larger, growing network of community-supported Cultural Engines — that incubate regenerative enterprise, & grow powerful webs of providers & subscribers that exchange plainly valuable goods & services.


    We feel the joy & strength of Community Supported Everything.


    The West Philly Cultural Engine was started by Frances Rose Subbiondo in 2012 -- learn more about Frances Rose & her collaborator-mate Acorn below, and visit culturalengine.wordpress.com to view our archives.

    Learn more & get in touch


    Cultual Engine Slideshow



  • Community Supported Kitchen

    (The CSK)


    At the CSK, we plant the seeds of a more resilient world by sharing skills & knowledge required to prepare amazing food anywhere, while investing in local community & a regenerative food system* that nourishes deeply any place we call Home. Further, we help people connect with a passion for Life, through the shared experience of preparing & enjoying, beautifully sourced, delicious food.


    We host regular faemily cook days (themes have included Eritrean, Italian, Japanese, Pizza, & more), open to anyone, and also offer a subscription menu (listed below) of prepared foods & pantry staples that are designed to add depth, zest, and serious nourishment to your day-to-day food world.


    Ferments -- House Spice -- Sunflower Za'atar -- Alli-Zinger Paste -- Bone Broths

    Chili Black Bean Sauce -- Apple Special -- Glacial Chocolate Fantasy -- Sunflower Crumble

    Gomasio -- Popcorn Extravaganza -- Hummus -- Dosa Batter -- Fresh Herb Salts

    Mint Special -- Paneer -- Rose Cereal -- Noodle Soup Kit -- Sourdough Bread -- Yellow Dock Tincture --

    Fire Cider -- Red Lentil Dal -- Ful Medames


    Click here to subscribe!


    In addition,the CSK offers ::


    Family Dinners -

    These dinners are designed to share the inherent abundance alive in a community food system with you, our CSK community.


    How it works: Simply text us at 732 3o6 84oo and ask if it's a good night to join us for dinner -we'll then let you know if it's feasible, and if yes, when to come over. The ask on our end is a sliding-scale donation of $4-14, with a NOTAFLOF (No One Turned Away for Lack of Funds) guarantee. We'd rather see you eat well than poorly or not at all, and we always enjoy the company! <3


    Monday Night Meditations with CSK Nosh that follows


    Our dear friend Tree hosts a community meditation session every Monday at 1318 Walnut Street (#2), and the CSK provides snacks for post-meditation enjoyment!


    door opens 6:15 --- practice 6:30 - 7:15 --- exit by 8:13
    1318 walnut st @ juniper 2nd fl
    $5 -$15 sliding scale; no one turned away for lack of funds (NOTAFLOF)
    all experience levels welcome!
    please note: this is a clothing-optional space
    267 939 o982

    Shared Food Processing Time in the Kitchen


    Join us in the kitchen! We gladly accept help processing food on Thursdays (3:13-5:23pm) and Fridays (12:03-3:33pm). This is a great opportunity to learn new skills, hang out with us, & go home with food! As the timing varies, please let us know if you intend to join (text 732-3o6-84oo).



    Email or text (732-3o6-84oo) us about coming over for a meal or picking up prepared food or raw ingredients.

    Join the CSK Mailing List!

    Receive our events schedule, food lore, & more

    A note on how we operate :: We strive to find a transcendent balance between gathering the financial abundance we need to offer our goods & services, while keeping our offerings accessible to all. It is your sliding-scale donations, time trades, & bartering that keep our kitchen running in the gift economy.


    *A regenerative food system is one that heals the planet, and raises the collective health of our shared communities. Meanwhile, we explore the potential of living systems to self-organize, as we add value to our interconnected lives.

    **Pssst ... out of the CSK has grown Frances Rose & Acorn's regenerative food business, K is for Kitchen! Check out KisforKitchen.com to learn more.**

  • Gardening with the Cultural Engine

  • We cultivate a soil-to-plate approach, meaning we offer deep care & attention to the foods that nourish us & our revolutions, from the moment they are seeds germinating in the soil to the moment they're a transcendent and nourishing meal on our plates. We strive to grow & support local, regenerative food systems, and to become ever more independent from industrial agriculture & multi-national food corporations.

    Our Gardens

    The West Philly Cultural Engine works primarily out of two gardens. One is in & around the Starship Lollipop (the Radical Faerie collective house in which Frances Rose & Acorn reside), and the other is a plot at the Warrington Community Garden. We have also just begin to invest work & energy in the Markoe St. Community garden.


    The Starship Garden - Located at Regent & S. 46th, near Clark Park. At this garden, we've been most successful at growing greens,peppers, & herbs, and are also working to establish a thriving perennial food system, including plums, gooseberries, & currants.


    Warrington Garden Plot - Located at Warrington & S. 47th, behind the A Space. This garden is a thriving patchwork of annuals & perennials. The entrance to the plot is framed by vibrant bushes of mint, and as you enter you'll find sylvetta arugula, walking onions, & sage. We love to fill in the rest with various greens, and other medicinal & edible plants.


    The Cultural Engine has also supported Faerie Camp Destiny in Vermont in developing a broad-acre perennial food system.


    Garden Support, Vocational Training, & Plant Sharing

    We love to be invited into gardens, and joyfully support local urban gardeners in their work. This can take many forms - we may be able to actually join you in designing & tending your garden, especially if you live nearby (in West Philly).


    We also offer vocational training! You can come join us in our own garden projects and learn as we all work together.


    In addition, we love to share plants! We often have extras available for you to take Home. Get in touch to see what's growing & available.


    If you're interested in any of the above, contact us at:



    Additional Resources

  • Life Design

  • What is Life Design?

    Life Design is a facilitated co-working or coaching space where participants apply an intuitive design process & a menu of activities to reach greater clarity about -- and deeper connection to -- the lives (& world in which) we want to live.


    Through practical exercises, simple tools, and the principles of regeneration modeled by the living Earth, we consciously design ways to support ourselves & each other. Additionally, we gain greater access to, and grow our ability to share the many gifts we each bring to the world. Further, through collaboration, we may leverage our collective gifts for widespread healing & abundance.


    For a sneak peak, check out the Life Design Simple Menu.

    The Life Design Guild

    The Cultural Engine presently hosts a Life Design Guild - a team of people who meet about once per month to practice Life Design and grow their own capacity to offer life design to others.


    The Guild has space for more members!


    Through the training you may expect...

    • To level up your own life.

    • To support friends & clients (& those in between) with Life Design services.

    • To complete an online presence advertising the collective’s services.

    • To apprise your individual networks that it is your intention to serve their lives through this practice, while growing your own thrivelihood.

    • To find yourself in supportive company regularly, enjoying delicious & righteous food. (I envision you practicing Life Design with one another perhaps around the Starship’s dining room table, enjoying whatever nourishing food happens to be flowing out of the kitchen that day).

    • To have ample opportunity to practice offering this work to one another (akin to massage school students massaging one another on the regular).

    And, moreover, be able...

    • To assist anyone perform this work in their own lives.

    • To work locally or abroad -- as in, from the comfort of your home, by skype, or literally take the work with you wherever you go in the world, offering others high leverage & high-value support towards the goal of coming alive.

    • To holistically analyze a wide-array of life situations and respond thoughtfully, and backed by Earth’s living wisdom.

    • To create shared resources to streamline collaborative practices.

    • To earn money & other valuable forms of capital through this work, on your terms.

    If you're interested in the Life Design Guild, contact us at:



  • Who runs the Cultural Engine?

    Meet Acorn & Frances Rose!

  • Frances Rose

    Frances Rose started the West Philly Cultural Engine in 2012 -- responding to a felt need for greater community access to spaces dedicated to the co-creation of the better world our hearts know is possible.


    The revolution needs people equipped with clear vision, powerful tools, and revolutionary skills. The Cultural Engine was started as a platform to share both vocational- & wellness-training with anyone desiring to accrue practices that tranifest greater love, healing, and growth in the world.


    Frances Rose arrived to Philadelphia in early 2012 from New York City, where she had been offering green-collar job training to urban youth -- through a group called Green Collar Futures. She remains, as well, an active participant in the Northeast permaculture community, and has offered a wide array of workshops & presentations on subjects in & around the field of regenerative living. She is presently co-organizingthe Northeast Womyn* in permaculture Gathering, held at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY.


    She loves to help focalize individuals & communities to both speak & practice well about food, medicine, gardening, bicycling, yoga, compassion, and much much more.


    Acorn joined the West Philly Cultural Engine as a fierce collaborator & co-organizer in the fall of 2015. They arrived to the scene with a passion for growing community and a deep yearning to find their role in making a better world possible. Acorn also brought a degree in Social Work, nerdy organizational skills, and experience working in queer, trans, Radical Faerie, & Reclaiming Witch communities. They have made Home & work in Toronto & Vermont before their move to West Philadelphia.


    Through their work in the Cultural Engine, Acorn has found many opportunities to grow their skills and level up their personal practices. They went from ...

    -barely being able to maintain a house plant to co-tending many acres of food & medicine-producing gardens.

    -only knowing how to cook from recipes to having a well-ingrained repertoire of deeply nourishing foods

    -having inadequate coping skills for their mental health struggles & spiritual blocks, to having established systems to bring themself back to peace & wellness


    Acorn is thrilled to be doing this work, and to find more & more beloveds with whom to share it.



  • Apprentice with the Cultural Engine!

  • Do you have a fierce determination to serve Life on Earth?


    The Cultural Engine seeks passionate people who want to grow a vibrant network of sanctuaries, Home places, & hubs of regenerative industry, all while increasing their own capacity to contribute to this work.


    Do you ...

    • Dream of the better world our hearts know is possible, and want to actively work towards it?
    • Seriously want to skill-up at any or all of the following: community food system development, gardening, cooking, life design, community building, facilitation, permaculture, conflict resolution, sanctuary stewardship, and more?
    • Feel excited about what we're doing, and want to do it with us?
    • Have experiences, knowledge, and skills you feel would be helpful to this work?
    • Have time & energy to commit?

    If the answer is YES, apprentice with the Cultural Engine!


    An apprenticeship can take on many forms, and be tailored to your interests, desires, & needs.


    We offer ...

    • Opportunities to actively grow & participate in vibrant cultural engines
    • Loving witness, guidance, & support as you join us on journeys of improving personal & collective practices
    • Vocational training in the areas you deem most relevant to your life
    • Compensation for your work, in the forms of food, dedicated & sincere attention, awesome experience and possibly coin

    Interested? Follow your heart's calling!


    Get in touch with us (Acorn & Frances Rose) at: