The Manchester community, like many others, is struggling with the long shadows created by the dissolution of industry and our manufacturing base. Living within a so-called “food desert;” with many of our families at or below the poverty line coupled with the vulnerability to drugs, gangs and unbridled development it was time to sow the seeds of change.
Founded in May of 2011, the Manchester Growing Together Garden shouldered the yoke of responsibility and reclaimed a corner more familiar with drug sales than hay bales.
These early success garnered the attention of Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and became a model for neighborhood and school gardens city wide.
While working closely with the students, faculty and staff of the Pittsburgh Manchester Elementary School, we continually heard the struggles of young urban families. Many faced varying levels of food insecurity and the absence of affordable and healthy food was symptomatic of much larger problems.
We recalibrated and expanded our focus to serve as a conduit for community health education and transformation, using the garden/farm as a hands-on educational classroom teaching and reinforcing healthy eating/living and economic empowerment.
The Manchester Growing Together Farm will soon be a certified natural grown farm. Because we are a small scale, direct to market farm, the designation enables us to offer organic quality produce at a fraction of the cost of organic labeled foods.
The Manchester Growing Together Farm is truly rooted in the Manchester community. Everything that we do, every crop that is planted carries with it the desire to build our community into a self reliant, healthy neighborhood where children and families can thrive. That is why YOU are such an important part of the Farm.
Sure, we need funding, grants, in kind donations, but more importantly, we need YOUR head and your heart to help us to plant and to plan as we grow the capacity of our garden and our mission.
Interested in learning more about Manchester Growing Togehter Farm? Looking to volunteer or sponsor our efforts? Fill out the form below or give us a call at 412-290-9294.
1436 Columbus Avenue | Pittsburgh, PA 15233