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Hosted by Grow Pittsburgh, the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and Phipps, this year's Seed Swap will be bigger than ever! Come to exchange and procure seeds, attend a workshop, and meet fellow gardeners. 

Date: Saturday, March 15th


Seed Swap: 11:00am-2:00pm 

Seed Starting workshop: 12:00pm presented by: Gabe Thailove, Phipps Conservatory

Seed Saving workshop: 1:00pm presented by: Cassandra Morgan, Grow Pittsburgh

LocationCarnegie Library Pittsburgh (Main), Oakland 

International Poetry Room, 2nd Floor  


This event is free and open to the public.

For more info contact Jessica: [email protected]

Our planning meeting will be held this year on February 8th, 9:30 am at Biddle's Escape.

This year we are back and more organized than ever!  We are your best source for FREE GARDENING CLASSES AND NETWORKING EVENTS hosted by local, experienced gardeners.  We've participated and hosted over 100 meetups in the past 5 years, and we plan to continue offering topics including everything from basic gardening, wild-crafting, cooking, to advanced permaculture design.  From beginner to expert, we have something for everyone. 

This "open-space" style meeting is for networking, feedback, and planning out the year's events schedule. If you'd like to learn, teach, or share about your backyard gardening skills, this is the place to be!

Come with ideas for workshops and workdays you'd like to see or be willing to lead. Dream about warm weather, and share your experiences gardening in the Burgh. Beginners and experts are invited to share.

Join Us:

To host or teach a gardening class in 2014 
To meet and network with urban farmers and gardeners 
To promote and share your neighborhood gardening projects 
To give your all important feedback which keeps our group growing!

Biddle's Escape-401 Biddle Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15221

Country Barn Farm First Year Beekeeping Class

Where:      Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve,614 Dorseyville Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15238

 When:     Saturday, September 7th 2013 from 9:00 am to 5:00pm    

 Description:       This is a classroom-based course offering an introduction to honey bee biology and basic approaches to beekeeping.  The course will include:  an overview of honey bee biology in order to understand the challenges facing honey bees, and an overview of the basic equipment and techniques necessary to be a successful beekeeper.  The goal is for students to learn how to keep bees for the first year.  There will be an opportunity for an onsite apiary visit if the weather permits for interested students who have protective gear. 

 Instructor:     Joseph Zgurzynski, a  Master Beekeeper with over 30 years of  experience

Course Fee:       $115, includes one year of after class mentoring via email and phone, numerous hand outs, coffee, and a certificate of completion.  PASA members receive a $10 discount on the class.   Pre-Registration Required. For a registration form, please email [email protected], or call 412-225-0930.

This Workshop is Offered in Cooperation with PASA and the Good Food Neighborhood


Plant to Plate, Pitt's student run urban garden project, recently received an abundance of cedar and pine wood chips, and are looking to give away the excess. For pick-up arrangements please email [email protected]

It's that time of year again, where I seem to be starting seeds non-stop!  I have fun, but I am exhausted!  I started a lot of hot peppers, tomatoes, leeks, herbs, lettuce.  I lifted the plastic off a section of where my leeks over-wintered and saw new sprouts on my chives already!

Starting my second year on the chickens.  I have more eggs than I can use.  Nice to see my son (teen) go out to the chicken run, get out the eggs, and come in to make himself breakfast LOL!  Neighbors like the chickens...who knew? I have organic feed delivered to my doorstep for about the same price it would cost me to drive overto Regent Square to AnimalNature. Saves on gas and my precious time.  Weekends are always so packed and I'd rather be out gardening than spending time in the car to go buy chicken feed :0)

This cold weather has to go! I am ready to get out there and get started!


Anybody have any experience with building greenhouses out of old windows here?  I am thinking the frost heave is going to be an enemy.  I was originally thinking of doing it like you do portable sheds but without a floor so it just sits on top of the ground...well, resting on cinder blocks...? What do you think?

Saturday March 2nd, 3-5pm

The Zone @ 5217 Butler St.

Don't know the first thing about organic vegetable gardening, but want to learn? Never even picked up a spade?

Fear not! Grow Pittsburgh's Organic Gardening Basics workshop will cover all the basics. Learn:

* What to plant and where
* How to compost
* Basic pest & disease identification and management
* …and much more!

Did we mention they'll be light refreshments and giveaways? 

This event is FREE and open to the public.  This class is sponsored by GROW PITTSBURGH AND LAWERENCEVILLE COMMUNITY GARDEN

One hundred trees are being planted throughout downtown Millvale this spring. On Saturday, April 6th we will meet at the library and plant about 50 of them. The other half will be planted on April 20 as part of a neighborhood-wide clean up and green up effort.

Breakfast, drinks, and lunch will be provided by Western Pa Conservancy! Yum. Yum.

At the future home of the Millvale Community Library, 213 Grant Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15209


Today we attended a planning meeting with about 20 participants (plus a few more online) to begin planning and share a little bit of knowledge through group discussions.  The topics and my notes were:

1.  Gardening Organization - Look for community garden lists at Grow Pittsburgh's Community Garden Guide

2. Soil - starting from empty lot to vegetable garden, sheet mulching and cultivating beneficial fungi and microbes is probably the best cheapest way.  Break the soil up without turning it over and mulch on top. Use any organic material such as newspapers (we think the ink is plant-based) cardboard, compost, woody stuff, plant wastes, leaves, clippings. You can make great soil from just dry leaves.  Make sure to agitate the soil to continue to get air so your biology can breathe.  Look up more on Mother Earth News: "lasagna gardening".  To make it look nice, use a raised bed.

3.  Aquaponics = water + plants + fish tanks. Our freind, Mark has a setup where the dirty fish water feeds the plants and the plants filter the water for the next pass through the fish tank. We look forward to featuring his setup and pictures in another meetup very soon. 

Maren Hosts Sustainability Salons, and features a ton of environmental events. For More info on Maren's Sustainability Salons Check her blog Maren't List.

Fugus can save the world!  More on Mushrooms: Paul Stamets TED Talk


We also received some solid ideas for classes including a "Getting Started" gardening talk by Jeff O., "Aquaponics" by Mark, Maren's House Tours (link above), and planting trees in Millvale on April 6.

We'll start posting events as they get planned.  Check here or for event info.

Thanks for your support!

<3 Jeff

Has it been 5 years already?  I've learned so much from this group.  I am excited to see you all for a new season of gardening skills sharing.   ~Jeff


5th Annual PGE Planning Meeting

Saturday Feb 16th. 2:00pm

Carnegie Library in Squirrel Hill

 Please join us for the 5th Annual PGE Planning Meeting. This "open-space" style meeting is for networking, feedback, and planning out our 2013 events schedule.  If you'd like to learn, teach, or share about your backyard gardening skills, this is the place to be!

Dream about warm weather, and share your experiences gardening in the Burgh.  Beginners and experts are invited to share.  This year we will continue our Free Member-Supported Gardening Class Programs with indoor discussion groups and outdoor working groups.

Join Us:

  • To host or teach a gardening class in 2013
  • To meet and network with urban farmers and gardeners
  • To promote and share your neighborhood gardening projects
  • To give your all important feedback which keeps our group growing!

Pittsburgh Garden Experiment:  "growing your skills"

Click Here for the Meetup event RSVP.  or just show up!

Hi I wanted to share this class. I've been to a few of Carol's free veggie growing lectures and they are great! Late season planting: learn about planting vegetables now for harvest into winter and spring Thursday Sept 6th at 6:30 pm @ McKeesport Carnegie Library RSVP on the McKeesport Carnegie library website

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