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May 2021

Backyard Farm School: How to Grow a Chef’s Herb Garden

May 19 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Churchview Farm, 3897 Churchview Avenue Extension
Pittsburgh, PA 15236 United States
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$30

Instructors: Hanna Mosca of Grow Pittsburgh and Tara Rockacy & Chef Csilla Thackray of Churchview Farm Learn how to grow and care for your home herb garden to take your culinary dishes to the next level this season. Participants will tour the farm, focusing on the herb garden. Tara and Hanna will discuss herbs cultivated at both Churchview and Grow Pittsburgh, and Chef Csilla will share her favorites uses and recipe, along with samples. Everyone will take home herb seedlings…

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Harvesting & Packing for Food Safety & Quality Control

May 25 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Braddock Farms, 1000 Braddock Ave.
Braddock, PA United States
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Join us to learn about the principles and practices that contribute to efficient harvest while maintaining food safety and storability. This session is part of a year-long series of workshops called “Growing to the Next Level,” held in partnership wit Pasa. Learn more and register on Pasa's website.

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June 2021

Free Soil Lead Screening

June 5 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Garden Resource Center, 147 Putnam St
Pittsburgh, PA 15206 United States
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Bring your soil to the Garden Resource Center to have it tested for lead and arsenic with Allegheny County Conservation District. These two contaminants are common in urban soil, and are bad for health, so it's always good to check the soil in your yard and garden areas to be safe. To promote safe social distancing, registration is required. Please register here. After you register, we will contact you with detailed instructions on how to prepare, label, and drop off…

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Managing Weeds in Vegetable Crops: Prevention & Intervention

June 15 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Weed pressure is a challenge on any vegetable farm, and it can be especially difficult for organic operations. Join us for a virtual presentation from two vegetable farm managers. They discuss both preventative approaches and intervention strategies for controlling weeds in vegetable production, including: Stale seed bedding with tarps and flame weeders Mulching with straw, leaves, and roller-crimped cover crops Hand and tractor cultivation tools Underseeding Incorporating animals Integrated Weed Management Speakers Dan Kemper manages all vegetable production fields at Rodale Institute Headquarters.…

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Backyard Farm School: Urban Chicken Keeping

June 23 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Shiloh Farm, 7211 Thomas Boulevard
Pittsburgh, PA 15208 United States
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$10

Instructors: Hanna Mosca of Grow Pittsburgh & Tara Rockacy of Churchview Farm There are many great benefits to raising chickens in your backyard. Chickens are inexpensive and easy to maintain, and their eggs are beautiful, great-tasting & nutritious. Participants will leave this workshop with the knowledge they need to raise their own flock. Register on Eventbrite here. Backyard Farm School is an expanded monthly learning series, put on by Churchview Farm and Grow Pittsburgh. Farmers Tara (Churchview) and Hanna (Grow…

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July 2021

Pittsburgh Urban Farm Tour 2021

July 19 @ 7:00 pm - July 24 @ 3:00 pm
East End Food Co-op, 7516 Meade St
Pittsburgh, PA 15208 United States
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East End Food Co-op, Grow Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Food Policy Council, and Pasa Sustainable Ag invite you to the 5th Annual Urban Farm Tour! This year's Farm Tour will consist of several different events throughout PA Urban Ag Week, July 19 - July 24, including workshops crafted specifically for growers, as well as public tours open to all urban ag supporters! Be sure to check back in, as new events may be added! REGISTER ON EVENTBRITE HERE Please register for each…

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Backyard Farm School: Tomato School

July 21 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Churchview Farm, 3897 Churchview Avenue Extension
Pittsburgh, PA 15236 United States
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$30

Instructors: Hanna Mosca of Grow Pittsburgh, Tara Rockacy of Churchview Farm, Csilla Thackray of Churchview Farm, and Barb Kline of Allegheny County Penn State Master Gardeners Learn how to grow and care for your home tomato garden. Farmers Tara, Hanna & Barb will guide participants through the CVF tomato field and discuss everything from seed selection and transplanting, to trellising and pruning, harvesting best practices, to pest and disease management. Chef Csilla will share insight into favorite preparations & uses.…

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CANCELED – Scouting & Forecasting: Proactive Pest Prevention in Vegetables

July 29 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Braddock Farms, 1000 Braddock Ave.
Braddock, PA United States
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Sorry folks, but this event has been canceled. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Monitoring pest populations is fundamental to any Integrated Pest Management (IPM) system. Learn how to identify pests early in their life cycle, track regional population trends, and understand the environmental indicators that can lead to infestation so you can take a proactive approach to protecting your fields. Join us at Braddock Farms to learn about these preventative IPM principles for vegetable farms, as well…

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September 2021

CANCELED: Backyard Farm School: Pepper School

September 15 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Churchview Farm, 3897 Churchview Avenue Extension
Pittsburgh, PA 15236 United States
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$30

CANCELED DUE TO SEVERE THUNDERSTORM FORECAST Instructors: Hanna Mosca of Grow Pittsburgh, Tara Rockacy of Churchview Farm, Csilla Thackray of Churchview Farm Learn how to grow and care for your home pepper garden that will take your culinary dishes to the next level. Participants will learn about seeding and cultivating, in both in-ground beds and containers! We will touch on seed starting, cultivation techniques, pest/disease issues, and do an informal tasting, most likely just right off the plants! REGISTER ON…

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