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April 2021

Webinar: Plant Nutrition for Urban Soils

April 13 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
soil and compost

Nutritious vegetables start with the soil. Proper fertilization can lead to better yields and better tasting crops. Learn about fertility beyond compost. We will also discuss how to improve soil quality to improve water retention and reduce compaction. This session is part of a year-long series of workshops called “Growing to the Next Level,” held in partnership with Pasa. Future topics will include: Land access, soil quality, irrigation, pest management, and more!   Learn more and register on Pasa's website.

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Backyard Farm School: Outdoor Mushroom Cultivation

April 17 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Shiloh Farm, 7211 Thomas Boulevard
Pittsburgh, PA 15208 United States
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$30

Instructor: Silvan Goddin, Grow Pittsburgh 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 on Eventbrite here. Backyard…

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Free Soil Lead Screening

April 24 @ 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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May 2021

Irrigation Fundamentals

May 3 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Braddock Farms, 1000 Braddock Ave.
Braddock, PA United States
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Good irrigation is one of the most important things for a successful crop. In this workshop we will dive into: hand watering, drip irrigation systems, and sprinkler systems. Learn how to water the whole garden or farm with the flip of a switch. This session is part of a year-long series of workshops called “Growing to the Next Level,” held in partnership with Pasa. Learn more and register on Pasa's website.

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Mother’s Day Seedling Sale

May 7 - May 9
The Frick Pittsburgh, 7227 Reynolds St
Pittsburgh, PA 15208 United States
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Join us Mother's Day Weekend to shop our full 2021 Sale Catalog on the beautiful grounds of The Frick Pittsburgh. This year's sale features over 150 varieties of perennial & annual herbs, fruits, vegetables, and flowers! We are also excited to offer over 25 varieties of peppers and 30 tomato varieties (mostly heirloom). All of our seedlings are grown according to organic standards. Sale dates and hours are as follows: Friday, May 7: 10 am - 4 pm Saturday, May…

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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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