Last week, some of Pittsburgh's best community gardeners came together to celebrate the end of the first Green Up Pittsburgh: Edible Gardens growing season with a harvest dinner event at Schenley Plaza. The event featured guest speaker Doug Oster, who provided some urban gardening tips, and donations were collected for the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. Click here to see photos!
posted 10/08/13 @ 1:44 pm
Check Out the Latest Edible Gardens Photos!
Gardening season is well underway and we are excited to share our experiences with you! Community members have been coming together to help make fresh produce more accessible right within their own neighborhoods. Click Here to see our stewards and volunteers hard at work and stay tuned for more photo updates in the coming weeks!
posted 6/20/13 @ 4:00 pm
About the Program
Mayor Luke Ravenstahl’s Edible Gardens program will engage volunteers to improve availability of healthy foods in low-income City neighborhoods where access to affordable fresh produce is scarce. These areas are commonly called “food deserts.” As an expansion of the Mayor’s Green Up Pittsburgh program, and working in partnership with his servePGH initiative and the City’s Department of Public Works, Edible Gardens will harvest and distribute nearly one ton of produce to at least 200 families in its first year. Partially funded by a $100,000 Cities of Service volunteering grant by Bloomberg Philanthropies to the Mayor’s servePGH initiative, $44,000 will be dedicated to planting 10-15 high-yielding vegetable and fruit gardens.
Once a vacant property location is selected, volunteers will work side by side with the City’s Green Team to create, design and plant produce. Community garden stewards will be responsible for maintenance, weeding, harvesting and distribution throughout the season.