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Old 06-13-2012, 06:09 PM
 
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On 8/17/11 Caladium, after reviewing a new collection of AlleghenyAngels photos titled Pittsburgh's Urban Prairies, suggested using these tracks of land for community gardens.
As happens on many of these forums, great ideas are lost to the sands of time. Thats unfortunate because, in my humble opinion, community gardens are the next step in the gentrification of a neighborhood. Because of the small yards and high population density of inner urban cities, people don't have the space to decompress and recharge their batteries. Urban gardens provide that green space. Remember when God created man, He put him in a garden.

I also think neighbors working together create a true sense of community. With so many newcomers to Pittsburgh, what better way to meet people than through a common effort. A community garden could give people a sense of belonging and this common denominator can act as the thread that binds people together for life. Once started, the community garden would take on a life of its own. What better way to grow as a community than to share in the fruits of your labor.

Are Pittsburgh's Urban Prairies truly the next frontier? Are the city's Urban Pioneers truly committed to help make Pittsburgh a better community than it is today? Is Pittsburgh ready for community gardens?

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Old 06-13-2012, 06:22 PM
 
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There a pretty big community garden on the southside off of 18th St.
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Old 06-13-2012, 07:23 PM
 
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UKyank,

Do you have any idea how it's being run? Are city parks and rec involved? Is it an organization sponsored garden? Was it endowed by corporate grants? Did Michelle Obama plant the first seed?
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Old 06-13-2012, 07:23 PM
 
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Community gardens have become extremely popular around here. There are a variety of entities helping them out, including several foundations.

Edit: Here is a (long) list of entities that have helped out in one way or another with community gardens:

http://www.paconserve.org/236/commun...rdens-sponsors
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Old 06-13-2012, 07:27 PM
 
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Brian,

Do you know which neighborhoods have them? Do you know if their produce is sold at neighborhood Farmers' Markets?
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Old 06-13-2012, 07:29 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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Brian,

Do you know which neighborhoods have them? Do you know if their produce is sold at neighborhood Farmers' Markets?

I know there is a community garden up on Sherrod St. here in L'ville.
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Old 06-13-2012, 07:51 PM
 
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Grow Pittsburgh has an interactive map of community food gardens in Allegheny County (although right now it isn't working well for me):

Welcome to Grow Pittsburgh! | Grow Pittsburgh
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Old 06-13-2012, 07:59 PM
 
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Brian,

It would be great if someone could chime in and let us know how their community garden is doing. Talk about the benefits of their garden to the overall well being of the community.
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Old 06-13-2012, 09:01 PM
 
Location: South Oakland, Pittsburgh, PA
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All I know is that if they even become the slightest bit gentrified, Uptown and the Hill have quite the capacity to support an array of community gardens within their many "missing teeth".
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Old 06-13-2012, 09:40 PM
 
Location: East End of Pittsburgh
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[quote=eccotecc;24733349]Brian,

Do you know which neighborhoods have them? Do you know if their produce is sold at neighborhood Farmers' Markets?[/QUOTE

A group in Homewood recently received thousands of dollars in grant money to expand the community gardens throughout homewood. This program is run by an older gentleman who has farmed urban gardens for decades . He has classes at the homewood carnegie library for urban farming.

I purchase most of my seedlings from garden dreams urban farm and nursery in wilkinsburg. Its in the hamnett place section which has had lots of historic preservation recently.

Larimer may have the largest vegetable and bio fuels garden in the metro. Since most of the neighborhood is grassland, it really made sense. Community groups, church groups, and cmu students tend the gardens. A sustainable facility complete with classrooms recently opened on larimer and east liberty blvd. The urban redevelopment authority will contruct up to 200 new single family homes and townhomes. The housing will be moderate income families.

Bill strickland's manchester craftmans guild has neighborhood kids growing orchids. The orchids are sold locally and most downtown hotels and grocery stores display and sell them.
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