What We Do
We Teach People How to Grow Food
Everything we do at Grow Pittsburgh involves an aspect of teaching urban agriculture. Certain programs are more directly instructional than others, but all strive to educate the general public about the importance of gardening and agriculture as part of a vibrant, healthy community. Whether it be working with elementary schoolers through our Edible Schoolyard Pittsburgh program, teens through our Urban Farmers in Training summer program, or adults through our Urban Agriculture Apprenticeship Program, we seek to serve all age ranges with our educational programs. In addition to these more formal educational offerings, our other programs described in the paragraphs below are also education based, through demonstration and hands on learning.
We Grow Food
An integral part of educating people about growing their own food is demonstrating how to do it effectively and with the least harm to our bodies and the earth. To achieve this, Grow Pittsburgh operates two demonstration production sites in the Pittsburgh region that are open to the public and serve as platforms for our teaching work. Braddock Farms is a 1.5 acre production farm that grows a variety of vegetables for the surrounding community as well as local restaurants. The Frick Greenhouse and Shiloh Farm, located in North Point Breeze, enable our organization to grow seedlings for various projects as well as additional vegetables for sale. As more people become interested in starting their own urban agriculture operations, we strive to ensure that these demonstration sites model what effective city farming can look like.
We Build & Support Gardens
One of the oldest and most popular forms of gardening in an urban setting is community gardening. With over 60 active gardens in the region, community gardening is becoming increasingly popular here and Grow Pittsburgh aims to serve as a hub of technical assistance, resources and support for new and continuing gardens across Allegheny County. Whether it be through applying to be part of our City Growers program, adding your garden to the City Growers Network, participating in one of our many free seasonal courses or simply being a member of a local community garden, we hope you find a way to get involved with us.