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Community gardens provide numerous benefits. They preserve green space, create a sense of community, provide exercise and nutritious food, and improve the overall quality of life in a neighborhood. Grow Pittsburgh teaches people how to grow food in urban areas through a variety of programs including encouraging and assisting people to start community gardens. This year, Grow Pittsburgh has a new program: The 2013 Community Garden Sustainability Fund.

The fund is for existing community food gardens in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County. Groups can apply for materials such as fencing, raised beds, compost and topsoil, rain barrels, and services like tilling or soil testing in order to complete projects that will improve the productivity and sustainability of growing food.

Here’s the criteria to apply:

1) A minimum of 6 organized and motivated gardeners in the garden group

2) An already functioning community food garden

3) Written permission by owner to tend to the designated location. Preferred ownership by a non-profit or municipality. If privately owned, please provide proof of insurance and demonstrate how the garden is serving the public.

4) Note: Current 2013 City Growers and Allegheny Grows participants are not eligible for this assistance. However, we do encourage the graduated gardens of these programs to apply.

You can download an application here. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at 5:00 PM.


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