The results are in!

Thanks to everyone who participated! We received 248 surveys from growers all over the region. We’re still processing the data, but here are some early results…


Survey results broken into 4 self-identified groups (a respondent could choose more than one group):

  1. Backyard Gardeners (182)
  2. Community Gardeners (45)
  3. Community Farmers (19)
  4. Urban Farmers (15)


Top crops among all four grower groups, in order of popularity:

  • Fresh Vegetables: 97%
  • Herbs: 94%
  • Flowers: 75%
  • Fresh Fruits: 59%
  • Tree Crops: 29%
  • Wild Edibles: 25%
  • Nursery Items [Potted Plants]: 15%
  • Chickens: 13%
  • Bees: 8%
  • Fish: 2%
  • Other Livestock: 1%


Survey question, “What happens to the food produced from your urban growing project? (Choose all that apply.)” Answer among all grower groups (248 respondents):

  • Distribute amongst project participants (including yourself): 87% (208)
  • Donate to needy via food pantry, etc.: 20% (49)
  • Not currently able to sell, but interested in doing so: 8% (20)
  • Sell to individuals, retailers, restaurants, and/or wholesalers: 7% (18)


Over half of survey respondents reported maintaining growing projects without insurance coverage.


Approximately 17% of respondents reported maintaining growing projects on public land.


Top ranked advantages of the Pittsburgh urban growing community, across all four grower groups:

  • Supportive Community
  • Community Relations
  • Available Workforce


Top challenges averaged across all four grower groups (in order of ranking):

  1. Quality of land
  2. Profitability
  3. Distribution and Logistics
  4. Financing
  5. Permitting/Codes


Top challenges among specific grower groups:

Backyard Gardeners:

    1. Quality of Land
    2. Permitting and Codes
    3. Distribution and Logistics

Community Gardeners:

    1. Security and Vandalism
    2. Marketing Venues
    3. Quality of Land

Community Farmers:

    1. Profitability
    2. Financing
    3. Access to Materials and Inputs

Urban Farmers:

    1. Quality of Land
    2. Profitability
    3. Financing


“Quality of Land” was the top challenge across all four grower groups.
(Chart shows average response of each grower type where -2 = Extremely Challenging, -1 =  Moderately Challenging,  0 = Neutral, 1 = Somewhat Easy/Useful, 2 = Very Easy/Useful.)

 

Questions? Contact Marisa Manheim: marisa@growpittsburgh.org or (412) 362-4769 x103