God in the Garden Series

Northway

On June 18th, the women from Northway Christian Community Church broke ground for two new beds that now host zucchini and squash plants!

Join them in working on the farm followed by a time of prayer and devotion. The meetings will take place July 16 and August 20 from 10AM-1PM. Wear bug spray and sunscreen, and bring water to stay hydrated! You can also bring lunch or a snack to enjoy during devotion time if desired.

June Farm Stand at Valley View Church

The mobile market is not quite done so we’ll begin the farmer’s market season this Wednesday in our normal spot in front of Valley View Presbyterian Church from 3pm to 7pm. 601 N. Aiken Ave. We take cash, credit, checks, EBT and WIC farmer’s market checks.

We’ll have: Radishes, Chives, Swiss Chard, Eggs, Salad Mix, garlic scapes and more!

Plants for You!

We know you want to be holding beautiful fruit like this pineapple tomato from your own vines in your own yards this summer (as well as good stuff from local farms)! Avoid the traffic and parking woes of some of the other plant sales happening this spring and come up to the peaceful gardens of Garfield Community Farm on Thursday nights in May during our open volunteer hours. We’ll have tomato, pepper, eggplant, herbs and even fruit and nut trees for sale. We’ll also be selling at the Friendship Folk and Flower Festival at Baum Grove in the Friendship neighborhood on Saturday May 7th from 11am to 3pm.
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Learning Permaculture

Permaculture is the design system that Garfield Community Farm is based on. Through permaculture we can come to understand natural ecological systems and how they work in order to design agricultural and human systems that are regenerative and restorative. Permaculture is being used by farmers, gardeners, architects, city planners, scientists, sociologists, people of faith and everybody in between, to understand our world more thoroughly and develop ways for us to live that are not destructive toward the planet, but in fact treat all life as sacred.

Here’s your chance for an introduction taught by John and Alyssa Creasy! Learn more and

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Come up to the Farm This August

IMG_6691Every Wednesday from 3:30 until 7:00 is our farmer’s market at Valley View Presbyterian Church, 601 N. Aiken Ave. This week we’ll have lots of good stuff, including eggs from our chickens, heirloom tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants, ground cherries, delicious specialty watermelons from Clarion River Organics, and more!

Each Thursday night we work with volunteers at the farm from 5:30 until about 8. This is your chance to check out the farm, get to know people, learn about gardening, and help us out!

Tree Planting in Mexico Farm Prep in Pittsburgh

IMG_6404John Creasy (me, GCF Director), Jessica Sprunger (PULSE intern at GCF) and seven other volunteers from the farm and The Open Door Church just returned from an amazing two weeks of working with indigenous farmers in central Mexico. We planted over 75 fruit and nut trees and plenty more shrubs, herbs and perennial vegetables. It was a great time of learning and teaching as we shared our experiences with small scale farming and absorbed as much knowledge as we could from our hosts. Back at home the farm has been in full swing with most of our annual crops in and dozens of new perennials too. We planted more hops this year, added a hedgerow of hazelnuts to the upper garden and have been planted native and beneficial plants all over the place.

Our farmer’s market starts this Wednesday, 3:30 to 7:30pm at Valley View Church 601 N. Aiken Ave.