Urban farms in the Steel City

While some rural Pennsylvanians are weathering the rise in food prices by buying cheap, expired food from Amish shops, Pittsburghers are likelier to enjoy a more sustainable bounty from urban farms. According to this Post-Gazette story, urban farm sites now include the North Side, Lemington, Garfield, and the Hill District. This is good news for supporters of food localism, not to mention anyone concerned about the accessibility of fresh fruits and vegetables to City neighborhoods.

Speaking of fresh fruits and vegetables, Pittsburgh’s farmer’s markets return to their usual spots in East Liberty, South Side, Bloomfield, and everywhere else you love to find them beginning Monday, May 12. You can find the farmer’s market nearest you on the Pittsburgh Citiparks Web site.

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2 Responses to Urban farms in the Steel City

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    joni May 8, 2008 at 9:07 pm #

    Great blog, Just Harvest. Lots of thought-provoking chatter. On the farmers markets, one addition: the Citiparks markets are not all the markets in the city or in the county or surrounding area, by a long-shot. There are many more farmers markets, which vary as to when they start-up and what they sell. The Saturday market in East Liberty (across from Home Depot, for instance, is open every Saturday, year round, from 5am – 12 noon. Twelve Farm Stands, run by the Greater Pgh Community Food Bank, will begin in June. For up-to-date schedules, check the Thursday Post-Gazette in the Food Section. I don’t know when they start listing the markets, but people might call and ask them.

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    r May 14, 2008 at 7:18 pm #

    Here’s another great link: http://www.metrofarm.com/

    This Web site promotes the practice metropolitan farming for subsistence and profit.

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