2017 Urban Farm Tour Recap

2017 Urban Farm Tour Recap

On September 30th, 2017, the East End Food Co-op in collaboration with the Pittsburgh Food Policy Council, presented the Pittsburgh Urban Farm Tour. This self-guided tour featured thirteen farms across the city, highlighting the agricultural production capacity in urbanized areas of Pittsburgh and surrounding neighborhoods. 162 participants saw how small, once vacant lots have been revived into beautiful, productive spaces that serve as educational hubs and food-production enterprises, which utilize sustainable farming solutions like solar power, composting and rainwater catchment irrigation systems. Most sites featured demonstrations, and select locations offered refreshments and products for sale. Ticket proceeds totaled $1,965 and were donated to the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) to support their mission of promoting profitable farms that produce healthy food for all people across our region. Host farms received a free one-year business membership to PASA, connecting these Pittsburgh urban farmers to an extensive network of resources and educational opportunities. Special thanks to our host farmers and to all the participants who joined them to enjoy the day “down on the farm!”

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