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, 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 hoophouses, a small greenhouse, and a shipping-container for a storage unit and office. Click here to schedule a tour!
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-Oct., on Saturdays from 10am-2pm. Braddock residents and customers with SNAP benefits are offered a discount. Braddock Farms sells additional produce through Penn’s Corner Farm Alliance.
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.
Urban Farm Apprenticeship
Through our apprenticeship program, we hire and train young adults from Braddock and Homewood and prepare them for future work in food and farming through hands-on experiences. Apprentices work on Grow Pittsburgh production sites throughout the growing season and engage in educational workshops and field trips to expand their learning. Throughout the program they are introduced to agriculture, the restaurant industry, food-related entrepreneurship and social justice organizations. Click here to learn more.
Assistants at Braddock Farms are just a few steps away from being able to manage their own farming project. Our farm manager relies on assistants to manage farm responsibilities with increasing autonomy over the season. Assistants delve more deeply into all aspects of planning, day-to-day maintenance, and specific crop management tactics that are necessary for running a farm. They oversee volunteer groups, give tours, help run the farm stand, and work side by side with apprentices and youth. By the end of the season, assistants have an in-depth knowledge of many aspects of farm management.
Braddock Farms also hosts school and tour groups, and offers a monthly volunteer day throughout the growing season. For the date of our next “MVP” volunteer event at Braddock Farms, please see our events calendar.