About Us

Grow Pittsburgh develops and supports food-growing initiatives and programs across the region as a key way to improve the social, economic, environmental, health, and educational realities of people in our community. Our work can be summarized in three approaches:

  • We teach people how to grow food through school garden curriculum, teacher trainings, workforce development for youth, adult workshops, and other resources.
  • We grow food for our community through our urban farm sites, providing affordable chemical-free fresh fruits and vegetables at our farm stands and through donations to free food distributions. In 2022 this work is greatly aided by our expansion into Wilkinsburg via our newest production site, Garden Dreams Urban Farm & Nursery.
  • And we build and support gardens for PreK-12 schools and communities throughout Allegheny County.

Grow Pittsburgh’s Mission, Vision and Values are essential to our work and the lens through which we make all key decisions from program development and evaluation to human resources and hiring.


Our mission is to teach people how to grow food and promote the benefits gardens bring to our neighborhoods.


We envision the day when everyone in our city and region grows and eats fresh, local and healthy food.


Prioritizing neighborhood voices to guide programs

Making responsible and effective use of available resources

Understanding systems of privilege, oppression, and racism, and using this knowledge to drive our work

Using, teaching and advocating for restorative practices

Supporting everyone’s right to access, produce and distribute healthy and culturally appropriate food

Being accountable by using clear, direct and inclusive communication

Working alongside communities to build access and power for all

Creating hands-on opportunities to build individual and community self-sufficiency

At Grow Pittsburgh, we believe that everyone in our city and region should have the opportunity to grow and eat local, healthy, affordable, and culturally appropriate food. We make gardening accessible for home, school, and community gardeners and urban farmers.