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Farming Identity in Pittsburgh Written by Jackie Mwanjumwa Farm Intern


Farming Identity in Pittsburg Urban agriculture is gaining momentum in Pittsburgh, reaching unprecedented levels. Growing food is a skill, an art, and a necessity to increase sustainability and promote food systems. Many view farming as a foreign concept that does not align with the idea of what a city should represent. Urban agriculture is a new element that has engraved itself into Pittsburg's culture to make the city unique. The concept occurs in multidimensional stages and entails different aspects of making urban farming possible.

Educational programs provided through various organizations are crucial to urban agriculture. City residents are unfamiliar with farming and all of its components. They wish to be part of the process, but their upbringing prevents them from grasping true farming ideals. Some organizations provide education to help these individuals participate in the farming culture, distinguishing this city from others. Oasis Farm and Fishery provides farming lessons for $50 to children. For some people, this amount may be deemed as an unnecessary expense in a volatile economy. However, it is a worthwhile venture that offers knowledge on nutrition, farming initiatives, sustainability, cooking, and many other interesting subjects.


Many other programs are available throughout the city, supporting the rapid growth of

community and school gardens in various neighborhoods. Resources are available to help farmers grow their crops in urban settings. Pittsburg makes use of vacant land by enabling farmers to improve agricultural production, with gardens located throughout the city and remain accessible to different groups of people. They can plant crops and rear animals without endangering public health concerns of citizens. Farmers can get subsidized seedlings, manure, and other products to help in their endeavors. Local authorities support policies to ensure Pittsburg is transformed into an urban agriculture hub. Different initiatives are encouraged as part of an ongoing effort to increase.


Sustainability, nutrition, greenness, and aesthetics around the city. Such aspects increase the life quality but are only possible with supportive policies and organizations to drive them.

Organizations hold events to educate citizens about urban farming and solicit their

support while promoting it. Various festivals throughout the year provide opportunities for

individuals to learn about farming. An intriguing approach to learning more about this style

of farming and the opportunities it offers is to attend the upcoming Braddock Farms Zucchini

Festival or visit Oasis Farm and Fishery. Other festivals offer tours of famous farms and

enhance collaborative practices with farmers. More importantly, urban agriculture is supported by the concept of community, where people gather to promote sustainability and nutrition. Individuals meet in city, school, and community gardens to plant crops and share experiences. For Pittsburg, farming does not merely represent an activity that should be practiced to enhance food systems. Instead, it is a culture representing togetherness in finding solutions to various crises. Urban farming has gained popularity and is slowly becoming Pittsburgh pride, thanks to organizations like Oasis Farm and Fishery.

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