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March 2022

Growing to the next level: Creating Your First (& Second) Crop Plan

March 8 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Crop planning is essential for improving yields and making the best use of your space and time. It can also help you prevent and manage weeds, pests, and diseases. Join Farm Manager Nick Lubecki from Grow Pittsburgh’s Braddock Farms to learn how crop planning can help you increase production and efficiency on your operation. We’ll discuss goal-setting, creating a crop plan that fits your growing system, selecting appropriate varieties, building your first (and second) crop plan, and different approaches to crop placement.…

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Backyard Farm School: Seed Starting at Home

March 19 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Online
$5

Learn the skills and tools that you need to start your own seedlings at home this year. Topics will include choosing the proper soil, crops, trays, pots, and lighting along with a hands-on seed-planting activity. A list of resources will also be provided for purchasing the seeds and equipment that will be discussed. Each participant will be able to start their own 6 pack seedling and leave with the skills to get started right away. Register Here >>>  

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Growing to the Next Level: Step Up Your Seed Starting to Grow More at Any Scale

March 22 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Online
$10

Seed starting can be time-consuming, messy, take up a lot of space, and have inconsistent results. Join three farmers with several decades of collective growing experience to learn about their best practices (and lessons learned) for seed starting at scale. Whether you want to increase your production space or improve the efficiency of the space you have, you’ll find out about tools and techniques to germinate seeds faster, grow healthier plants, and improve your bottom line. Register

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April 2022

Soil Testing

April 8 - April 9
Garden Resource Center, 147 Putnam St
Pittsburgh, PA 15206 United States
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Drop off a soil sample at the GRC to test the levels of various nutrients in your backyard soil. Learn here how to pull the soil sample. Register

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Growing to the next level: Finding an Irrigation System that Works for You

April 19 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
$20

Irrigation systems are not one size fits all. Tour a newly installed irrigation system at an urban farm in Pittsburgh and learn how to assess your unique water needs.   Register

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Backyard Farm School: Outdoor Mushroom Cultivation

April 23 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Garden Dreams, 806 Holland Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15221 United States
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$20

Learn how easy it is to grow gourmet mushrooms in your own backyard. Get an overview of the fascinating world of fungi and how you can incorporate their many attributes into your gardening. Participants will get a hands-on learning experience and go home with a tabletop shiitake log and wine cap mushroom spawn, as well as the knowledge and resources to grow several other kinds of delicious and healthy mushrooms. Register

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Gardening 101: Building Raised Garden Beds

April 28 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Garden Resource Center, 147 Putnam St
Pittsburgh, PA 15206 United States
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$10

This is a HANDS-ON workshop with our partner Wilderness Lumber, who will be supplying the wood. Learn how to use the tools you need to build common garden infrastructure. We will show you best practices on building your garden infrastructure, provide guidance around which supplies and tools to use for raised beds. If time permits, we will touch on fencing, and trellising as well.   Register

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May 2022

Growing to the Next Level: Weeds Part 1/2, Prevention

May 17 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Braddock Farms, 1000 Braddock Ave.
Braddock, PA United States
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$10

Join us at Braddock Farm for Part 1 of Weed Control on Urban Farms. This session will focus on weed prevention strategies and management. We will touch on cover cropping, using silage tarps and landscape fabric, and how to use mulches including: different colors of plastic mulch. We will also discuss strategies for keeping the high tunnel weed-free. We will tackle how to manage specific problem weed species such as : canada thistle, mugwort, galenzoga, and pigweed. Part 2 in…

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Summer Gardening in your School Gardens

May 18 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Online

This workshop is hosted by the School Gardens Team at Grow Pittsburgh and the content of this workshop caters mostly to educators and teachers. Each school has a unique setup in their garden and in their summer planning. Come hear from our staff a number of the ways we've seen successful summer gardening happen, whether it be a full fruit and vegetable planting or a low maintenance cover crop planting. We'll workshop a number of things that come up over…

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