Every day, more and more people are recognizing the value and benefit of growing their own food.
Grow Pittsburgh’s educational programs seek to assist individuals in all stages of life in broadening and deepening their knowledge of our food system and where our food comes from, in the context of urban agriculture.
Through our work with local elementary schools, we use physical gardens to teach children valuable lessons about science and math. We believe the garden provides an opportunity for hands on demonstration of many school subjects, and often this is how children learn best. Through our work with teenagers, we use our farm production sites to introduce young people to the challenges and benefits of improving land within the communities where they live, as well as provide them with much-needed summer employment. Finally, we educate adults in a variety of ways. Whether you are an aspiring home gardener or an aspiring farmer, we offer opportunities to enhance your skills.
School Garden Programs
We teach students to grow, cook and eat fresh food while celebrating the cultures and experiences of our students and our city. Our work in schools across the region is driven by the understanding that experiential inquiry-based learning has significant positive effects on childhood development.
Urban Farm Apprenticeship
In 2012, Grow Pittsburgh launched a formal adult intern and apprentice program to meet rising demand for more hands-on work in urban agriculture across the region. We offer apprentice positions at our Braddock Farms, Frick Greenhouse and Shiloh Farm sites.
Urban Farmers in Training
Grow Pittsburgh’s Summer Intern Program provides local teens with the opportunity to gain summer employment while learning about the value of growing and eating healthy food. Our program has four components that are woven throughout the summer experience.