Grow Pittsburgh was established in 2005 by three urban farmers – Barb Kline, Mindy Schwartz and Randa Shannon – who saw a need for an urban agriculture organization to exist in the City of Pittsburgh.
Soon after this, Miriam Manion became our first Executive Director and we operated for three years as a program of the Penn State Cooperative Extension. We acquired our own nonprofit status in 2008, after four successful programs had been established, including Braddock Farms, the Edible Schoolyard, The Frick Greenhouse and Shiloh Farms and the Summer Internship Program. In 2009, Julie Butcher Pezzino took over as Executive Director and City Growers was launched in early 2010. We are proud of where we’ve come from and have much more to accomplish as we work to bring healthy food to all communities in Pittsburgh.