Grow Pittsburgh http://wesa.fm en Edible Schoolyard Program Looks to County to Help Fund Expansion http://wesa.fm/post/edible-schoolyard-program-looks-county-help-fund-expansion <p>Elementary and secondary schools in the Pittsburgh region are increasingly interested in integrating gardening into their curricula. At least, that’s what it looks like from where Jake Seltman is sitting.</p><p>Seltman is the director of educational programming at <a href="http://www.growpittsburgh.org/">Grow Pittsburgh</a>, a nonprofit organization that provides gardening and farming education to people of all ages.</p><p>Seltman said that in the last six months he’s fielded 22 requests from schools and school districts to bring the Edible Schoolyard program to their schools.</p> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 22:55:13 +0000 Liz Reid 19770 at http://wesa.fm Urban Farming In Pittsburgh: Better Food From Your Backyard http://wesa.fm/post/urban-farming-pittsburgh-better-food-your-backyard <p>From the country to the city, many urban dwellers are beginning to develop self-sustainable farms in the backyards of their Pittsburgh apartments. These “<a href="http://www.pittsburghfoodpolicy.org/blog/entry/3690301/the-ins-and-outs-of-urban-farming-in-pittsburgh">city farms</a>” engage communities in the farming process and improve nutrition to citizens that do not live near a grocery store or market.</p><p>Small gardens and urban livestock such as chicken and bees can be found on balconies, roofs and oftentimes in revitalized vacant lots.</p><p>Heather Mikulas works in local food infrastructure and agricultural entrepreneurship for the Penn State University Extension Office in Allegheny County and helps backyard farmers develop their own agricultural techniques. She says that everyone has a different <strong><a href="http://www.pri.org/stories/science/environment/urbanites-look-to-harvest-local-food-crops-as-hedge-against-food-insecurity-14574.html">reason </a></strong>to start planting an urban garden, but anyone can do it.</p><p> Fri, 02 Aug 2013 22:01:21 +0000 Katherine Blackley 14203 at http://wesa.fm Urban Farming In Pittsburgh: Better Food From Your Backyard In the Pittsburgh Region, Summer Learning Opportunities Abound http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-region-summer-learning-opportunities-abound <p>For many, summer as a kid conjures images of long rides in the back of the family sedan, co-ed sports at the local YMCA camp or hours spent on the couch watching TV. These kind of summer experiences still exist, but an array of programs around Pittsburgh are opening the eyes and minds of youth of all ages.<br /><br />Some of those students will be attending <a href="http://www.pps.k12.pa.us/Page/475">Summer Dreamers Academy</a>. The camp, put on by Pittsburgh Public Schools, packs its itinerary with academics and activities. Summer Dreamers has replaced summer school.<br /> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Larkin Page-Jacobs 11166 at http://wesa.fm In the Pittsburgh Region, Summer Learning Opportunities Abound