The 2018 Pittsburgh Urban Farm Tour took place Saturday, September 8th. The annual event is organized by the East End Food Co-op (EEFC), Pittsburgh Food Policy Council (PFPC), and Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) to promote urban agriculture as a viable means for food production, build connections between consumers and farmers, and support the future of farming.
Fourteen small commercial farms, community gardens, and apiaries were included in this year’s tour. Participants chose their own course and biked or drove to each destination. Despite chilly temperatures and constant rain, over 100 people (including some from out-of-state) participated in the tour, helping raise money for urban growers who are fighting food insecurity in our region. Each participaing farm recieved a $100 honorarium and additional proceeds seeded a brand new Urban Grower Professional Development Scholarship Fund.
Thank you to this year’s participating farms and gardens: African Healing Garden, Ballfield Farm, Bandi Schaum Community Garden, Braddock Farms, Burgh Bees Community Apiary, Centervue Gardens, Drew Mathieson Center, Garden Dreams Urban Farm & Nursery, Garfield Community Farm, Hilltop Urban Farm, Homewood Historical Community Farm, Mt. Oliver Community Garden, Shiloh Farm, Steel City Soils.