Secure, affordable, long-term land access has been consistently identified as a top concern by Pittsburgh growers. Urban farmers and community gardeners need to have long-term land tenure in order to feel confident that the material and emotional investments made in creating a thriving project will last.

Grow Pittsburgh has partnered with Allegheny Land Trust to protect and preserve selected urban agricultural lands in perpetuity. The Three Rivers Agricultural Land Initiative (TRALI) is based on a Community Land Trust model.

Increasing development pressure in many Pittsburgh neighborhoods is causing concern among gardeners, farmers and government partners that they may lose their precious spaces to other uses. This initiative will give the community a tool to help support the long-term success of existing projects, and build the confidence necessary to develop new ones.

– Jake Seltman, Grow Pittsburgh Executive Director

>>> Read the full press release from August 22, 2017.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Read Frequently Asked Questions about Three Rivers Agricultural Land Initiative.
  • Watch this webinar (July 2020) to learn more about urban agriculture projects protected in the Pittsburgh region and what you can do to ensure that community gardens and urban farms remain community assets long term.

Start the Application Process!

Is your community garden or urban agriculture project seeking land protection from TRALI?

Eligibility

  • A willing, or at least neutral, seller
  • Within Allegheny County, or within 2 miles of the county line
  • In an urbanized area
  • Proven track record of success, a thriving garden project
  • Active agricultural use (growing food, plants, animals, etc. and connected to the wider community)
  • Under threat of redevelopment or loss

Timeline

If eligible, the process may take anywhere from 6 months up to 2+ years, based on the landowner, funding and other factors. So get in touch today!

Contact

If you are interested in learning more, please contact Rayden Sorock, Director of Community Projects, at:

rayden@growpittsburgh.org

412-362-4769 x213.