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February 2021

Webinar: Urban Maple Sugaring

February 9 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Late winter is a great time to get to know maple trees. Our woods have several species which can be tapped for their sap. In this workshop, attendees will learn tree identification, how to tap trees and the proper time of year when the sap flows. We will also discuss how to cook with maple sap and of course how to boil it down for syrup. Join us on Zoom, passcode: 584537

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Master Composter Certification Info Session

February 10 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Is your compost pile sluggish or neglected? Do you have kitchen scraps or yard waste you wish you could put to good use? Just wish you knew more about beneficial microbes? Look no further! Join this session to learn more about Grow Pittsburgh’s Master Composter certification program. This information session will include a short presentation and time for Q&A for folks interested in learning more.

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Webinar: Social Media for Community and School Gardens

February 11 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

If you're involved in a Community or School Garden and curious about how to use Facebook and Instagram to connect with your gardeners, especially in socially distanced times, this webinar's for you. We'll be covering some of the basics of social media and specifics on how we recommend using these tools to engage with your communities. There'll also be time for Q&A at the end. Join us on Zoom, passcode: 214266

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Webinar: Crop Planning for Increased Production

February 24 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
$5 – $10

Grow more food with limited space! If you’re a beginning farmer or proficient gardener looking to step up your space’s food production in 2021, this is the place to start! Learn strategies to make the most of your small farm or garden space through improved crop planning. This webinar will cover: strategies to increase production in limited space defining production goals planning for the entire growing season crop selections to increase production succession planting This session is part of a…

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March 2021

Webinar: Indoor Garden Programming for Students

March 11 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

During this workshop, join our School Garden Team to learn fun, virtual garden-related activities teachers can do with their students while learning remotely. Register on Eventbrite here.

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Backyard Farm School: Seed Starting at Home [Webinar]

March 20 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Learn how to start your own seeds for your garden this year in this virtual workshop with Farmers Hanna and Tara! Instructors: Hanna Mosca, Grow Pittsburgh Tara Rockacy, Churchview Farm 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. All attendees will receive a schedule and instructions for seeding common garden crops. A list…

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A Celebration of Seeds: Ninth Annual Seed and Plant Swap

March 22 - March 26

Join Phipps Conservatory and Grow Pittsburgh for a week of free, educational programs about gardening! For 8 years, Phipps Conservatory and Grow Pittsburgh have partnered with the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh to host an in-person seed swap. With COVID restrictions still in place, the celebration will be virtual this year. Tune into one of the great, free educational programs below to get your growing season started right! Schedule of Events Mon., March 22: Seed Saving with Michele Soto, Cutting Roots Farm…

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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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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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