Urban Farming Takes Hold in Pittsburgh at Healcrest Urban Farm
Established in 2005, Healcrest started as 15 abandoned and delinquent city lots.
“Successful farming can no doubt be difficult in any location, but how about in the heart of the city of Pittsburgh? With a background in community development, Maria Graziana set out to answer this question after acquiring nearly two acres of land in the city’s Garfield neighborhood. Graziana discusses the idea behind farm, which sits on the site of several abandoned home lots.” Video caption.
Excerpt from Healcreat Website:
Healcrest Urban Community Farm is an established urban farm in Garfield now in its 5th year of growing food, teaching community members about urban farm production; green vacant land use; youth employment and mentorship. Established in 2005, it started as 15 abandoned and delinquent city lots. Maria Graziani, Project Facilitator and owner of over 40% of the land with 30% managed in partnership with the Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation, City of Pittsburgh Green Up program and the Urban Redevelopment Authority, began to clean-up the land and combine properties to form Healcrest Urban Farms, Inc. The total land, which lies between Atlantic and Pacific Avenues, with the entrance at Hillcrest Street in Garfield Heights, equals 1.7 acres. With 4 established mixed vegetable/herb/fruit gardens, young orchard, community circle, garden shed, rainwater collection systems and a greenhouse, Healcrest Urban Farms is well on its way to being the strongest single-community local food and green resource in Pittsburgh.