Braddock Farms is our largest production site and Braddock’s single source of fresh produce.
Braddock Farms sits on the corner of Braddock and 10th Street, a highly visible portion of the main business corridor, and is set against the backdrop of the borough’s last remaining steel mill.
At Braddock Farms and all of our farm sites, we grow produce according to organic standards. Throughout the season, we produce and sell a wide variety of vegetables and herbs to both the local community and our restaurant partners. We also operate a farm stand during the growing season next to Bell’s Market on Braddock Ave on Saturdays from 10am-2pm.
Braddock Farms has received strong support from as a revitalization tool that will create agricultural learning opportunities, transform vacant land into attractive greenspace, and increase local access to fresh, nutritious foods.
The idea for Braddock Farms came about in 2007 when Braddock’s Mayor John Fetterman approached former Grow Pittsburgh Executive Director Miriam Manion about developing an urban farm in Braddock. Plans were put into motion and by the summer of 2007, Grow Pittsburgh broke ground on the Braddock Farms site.
Intent on fostering community involvement, Grow Pittsburgh also began a Summer Youth Intern Program on the site in 2007. For this program, we partner with the Braddock Youth Project (BYP). Together we select and hire a group of local high school students every summer and give them hands-on training in sustainable agricultural production.
During the 2010 season, Braddock Farms expanded to a neighboring lot which has nearly doubled the farm’s size. With the help of volunteers and Braddock’s Summer Youth Interns, we brought in tons of soil and made 19 separate 100-foot rows. By the end of the summer, the fall crops thrived on the farm. Additionally, in November of 2010, we constructed a second hoophouse on the expansion site. This second hoophouse will give the farm the capacity to grow much more produce earlier in the spring and late into the winter. We look forward to the farm’s growth and development in the years to come. Check back for updates on our progress.