We are coming full circle with the gardens—they have flourished after a long season of growth and now it’s time to put them to bed for the winter. Please help us clean up the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy community gardens by joining in Project Fall Clean-Up!
Project Fall Clean-up is the removal of annual plant material, landscape plastic, and debris from garden beds. Volunteers remove all annual (one season lifespan) plants and other materials in the garden. This debris is collected in biodegradable compost bags or garbage bags for recycling or disposal. The garden is raked over to make it uniform and orderly until the planting in 2022.
WHEN: Weekdays and Saturdays, mid-September through mid-October
START TIME: 9 a.m.
TIME NEEDED: 2-3 hours
WHERE: We have 130 community gardens located in prominent public places within neighborhoods throughout Allegheny County and in cities and towns across the region. Examples include: Downtown Pittsburgh, Oakland, Squirrel Hill, South Side, North Side, Highland Park, East Liberty, Mount Washington, Bloomfield, North Hills, Carnegie, Scott Township
What to expect when volunteering with the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy:
- Dress for the weather ( layers if it’s cool, sunscreen if it’s sunny, or rain gear if it’s raining )
- Wear work clothes and sturdy shoes ( NO SANDALS )
- Projects are held rain or shine
- Bring water and refreshments
- The Conservancy provides gloves, safety vests, and all tools needed for the event
- Children are welcome with adult supervision
- All are welcome, no prior experience needed
Subject to COVID-19 safety precautions. Accordingly, events could be canceled or modified, in which case a message will be sent immediately to the land steward email list.
If you enjoy this project, we invite you back for the plantings in May 2022! If you have questions or want more information about volunteer opportunities, contact Lynn McGuire-Olzak, Volunteer Coordinator, at 412-586-2324 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.