VIEW IN BROWSER MAY 2020 Growing together, apart. Grower’s Spotlight: Jordan Tony Welcome to Grower’s Spotlight, a new series to cultivate virtual community with other local growers while we’re all physically distant from each other. First up, meet Jordan Tony, a backyard homesteader from Forest Hills. A volunteer and member of the Garden Resource Center advisory committee, Jordan also lends a hand at Shiloh Farm as needed where wife Silvan works alongside Farmer Hanna on the Grow Pittsburgh production team. Like all of us at Grow Pittsburgh and surely many of you too, he misses the community aspect of gardening right now and can’t wait to get back to that. “I’ve made so many great friends, including Silvan, while growing food and I think it’s such a great way to connect with people from different backgrounds and ages.” Be sure to follow Jordan at @urban_homestead_pgh on Instagram for a wealth of informative and engaging growing and foraging content. GP: How many years have you been growing food and who taught you? Jordan: I’ve been growing some of my own food for about 12 years. Growing up, my family always had a garden in our yard and I used to help out my parents from time to time. I grew up in South Jersey and I have really fond memories of foraging wild blueberries in the woods with my mom and foraging (or maybe stealing?) grape leaves with my dad so I guess you could say my parents planted the seed. I started the first garden of my own in high school and it was an utter failure. During college, I worked on some small farms and learned a bit more. After graduating, I did a year-long sustainable farming apprenticeship at the Center for Environmental Farming Systems in Goldsboro, NC where I really learned most of what I know today. GP: On your Instagram, you seem to focus on growing native and subsistence crops. Why is this? Jordan: We grow subsistence crops because we’re striving to produce most of the food that we eat and you can’t really live off of tomatoes and strawberries alone. In order to grow enough food to store all winter we’ve dedicated most of our yard to edible plants, but instead of just tearing all the grass up and planting rows of potatoes and beans we wanted it to be a beautiful landscape in addition to a productive homestead. The native plants like elderberry, serviceberry, ramps and wild plum provide habitat and food for birds, chipmunks and insects and also allow us to eat interesting things that you can’t really buy at the grocery store. Read more about Jordan’s favorite thing to grow, advice to new gardeners, and more on our blog! >>> Bringing the garden workshop to your home We’re eager for the day when we can all meet for workshops and events again. Until then, our team has been working to keep you well equipped to grow bountiful gardens this season with a number of online resources. Whether it’s planting potatoes or peas, looking out for small friends in your soil, or gardening in containers, be sure to check out all of the videos on our Facebook page that we’ve put together the past couple of months. Our online Info Hub also features a wealth of practical tips, techniques, and resources for a wide array of gardening topics from building raised beds to pruning tomatoes and succession planting. Growing with kids? Check out our school gardens resource page for age-appropriate lesson plans, garden recipes, and best practices. “What crops can I easily grow in large quantities?” As more folks are turning to gardening right now as a way to put food on the table, we’ve frequently heard this question. Check out the infographics below for the expert growing recommendations of Farmers Nick and Hanna to get the most out of your space this season (click on the images for more details). We love getting your questions too. Visit our Instagram profile for the “Ask A Farmer” highlight where our staff has provided solutions and tips to inquiries we recevied from growers in our community. These are just some of the ways, we hope to help you get growing this season. We hope that they inspire and inform. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us if there’s other growing topics you’d like to learn more about. Until then, happy growing! Thank You Throughout the month of May, Grow Pittsburgh members have generously donated nearly $11,000 to help grow and distribute fresh, nutritious food throughout the community. With matching funds from our board, we’ve surpassed $18,000! Thank you for your belief in this important work and helping to make it all possible. Shop the IBC Virtual Market Along with our online store and at the East End Food Co-op, you can also purchase a limited selection of seedlings through Independent Brewing Co’s new Virtual Market, a rotating showcase of local goods. All seedlings purchased through the market come with a cocktail recipe card! >>> SHOP NOW McKeesport Community Garden members demonstrating social distancing at a recent planting day.

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