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. In 2007, then Mayor John Fetterman approached Grow Pittsburgh to develop an urban farm in the borough, and we broke ground that summer. During the 2010 season, Braddock Farms expanded to include a neighboring lot and nearly doubled the farm’s size to slightly more than an acre. The site includes two hoop houses, a small greenhouse, and a shipping-container for a storage unit and office.
Growing Produce for the Community
At Braddock Farms we use organic growing techniques to grow produce, which primarily supplies our Braddock farm stand, next to Bell’s Market on Braddock Ave. The stand is open from June-October, on Saturdays from 10 am – 2 pm. Braddock Farms sells additional produce through Penn’s Corner Farm Alliance and in two community corner stores, Aunt Cheryl’s Cafe and Fourth Street Market, to increase access to fresh food seven days a week.
In addition to producing food, Braddock Farms serves as a site for demonstration and education.
Urban Farmers in Training
Grow Pittsburgh employs high school youth from the Braddock Youth Project to work on our production sites and farm stands for six weeks each summer. Students are intimately involved in the workings of the farm from seeding to harvest. In addition to agricultural skills, students learn about leadership, teamwork and how their actions affect the larger food system. Click here to learn more.