Learn the basics of creating ecologically healthy urban and suburban landscapes where food and medicine abound. In this class we’ll study the ethics and principles of permaculture as a design science along with some of the most helpful and important practices being used at Garfield Community Farm, an eight year old permaculture experiment on 2.5 acres of abandoned land. Learn from Garfield Farm’s managers, author and educator Darrell Frey and farm director John Creasy. We’ll delve into edible food forest production, plant selection, water management techniques, bioshelter design, garden management and more.
The class will take place at the farm on Wicklow Street from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm on Saturday, October 8th.
Today I found out that I was nominated and accepted as one of PIttsburgh’s 40 under 40 award recipients for 2016. I’m humbled and very surprised, especially when looking at the top notch professionals on the list with me. I assume those who nominated me did it because of Garfield Community Farm and what those 2.5 acres of once abandoned city land means to them. My accomplishments are nothing without the tireless work of hundreds of volunteers and dedicated seasonal staff who work long hot hours because they believe in what we do. I told an old friend yesterday that I don’t want the farm to get bigger, I’m not looking to start new farms, but I’m hoping that others will start contextually appropriate urban farms for every neighborhood of the city of Pittsburgh. I hope that Garfield Farm can be one example of many showing how it can be done. 40 Under 40 list
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.
Tonight’s volunteer night has been cancelled due to the rain. Please join us next week (weather permitting) from 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm!
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!
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.
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.