Community Vegetable Gardens

The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC) partners with Grow Pittsburgh to provide new community vegetable gardens to communities, as well as material support to preexisting gardens in Pittsburgh and the region.

Sankofa community vegetable garden in Homewood

 

The Conservancy has been working with communities since the late 1970s to grow food as a strategy to use vacant land and stimulate neighborhood reinvestment. In recent years, WPC has worked in partnership with Grow Pittsburgh and various funders to assist communities that seek to utilize their vacant land and start their own community vegetable gardens, or to improve the growing on active sites. If you would like to see where an already-existing community vegetable garden is in your neighborhood, view this map created by Grow Pittsburgh.

 

WPC and Grow Pittsburgh are currently partnering on key projects to help community gardeners in their own neighborhood:

Community Garden Sustainability Fund
WPC and Grow Pittsburgh work together to provide materials to existing community garden groups in Allegheny County to improve their long-term growth and sustainability.

Community-focused food garden groups can receive can receive materials such as fencing, raised beds components, compost and topsoil, signage, rain barrels and technical assistance services to keep their gardens growing well.

Application process is closed for the season.

Volunteers place protective fencing around new garden beds at Angora Gardens in White Oak Park

Allegheny Grows

 

Thanks to funding through the Allegheny County Department of Economic Development, WPC supports Grow Pittsburgh to provide communities in municipalities outside of the City of Pittsburgh the opportunity to implement new garden sites.

 

In 2010, Allegheny Grows was launched as an initiative to provide material, technical and educational assistance to communities committed to transforming vacant properties into community gardens. To date, 12 community vegetable gardens have been implemented throughout Allegheny County, and two new gardens in White Hall and Turtle Creek will begin growing in 2016.

More information on this program and application information can be found on Grow Pittsburgh’s Allegheny Grows page. The 2017 application will become available in August 2016.

 

Raised garden beds at Greenock Elementary, Elizabeth Forward School District

City Growers

For those looking to start a community vegetable garden within the City of Pittsburgh, Grow Pittsburgh and WPC can assist communities through the City Growers program. The City Growers program works with communities ready to start sustainable and productive community food gardens in their neighborhoods.

More information on this program and application information can be found on Grow Pittsburgh’s City Growers page. The 2017 application will become available in August 2016.

 

Volunteers assemble raised beds for Sankofa community vegetable garden in Homewood.

 

For more information on our community vegetable garden work, please contact us at 412-586-2394.