Feb 23: Urban Agriculture forum

Come hear from Shelly Danko+Day from the City of Pittsburgh present about the Urban Agriculture Zoning Code and the Adopt-A-Lot program, and learn about preparing for gardening in Spring 2016.  Shelly will review the rules for growing food, selling food, and using vacant lots for garden projects! 

6-8 p.m. at the Black Forge Coffee House, 1206 Arlington Ave. 15210 (South Side Slopes).

All residents, nonprofits, community groups, and community members across all 11 Hilltop neighborhoods are encouraged to attend (Mt. Washington, Beltzhoover, Allentown, Arlington, Arlington Heights, Carrick, Mt. Oliver City, Mt. Oliver Borough, St. Clair, Bon Air, South Side Slopes & Knoxville)!!

Free seeds will be handed out at registration, along with information about Seed Starting and Spring Planting Guides!

Adopt-A-Lot Program:
The Department of City Planning (DCP) has developed an Adopt-A-Lot Program, which allows residents - and groups to build temporary edible, flower, and rain garden projects on vacant City-owned lots. The program, passed November 2015 by City Council, grants licenses and leases for use of City-owned property as well as the sale of what is grown onsite, through a “market-stand lease.” 

Urban Agriculture Zoning Code:

Passed by the Pittsburgh City Council on July 7th, the updated Urban Agriculture Zoning code streamlines the process for keeping animals and expands the opportunity for the sale of vegetables within the City of Pittsburgh. Now, a landowner can be granted a $70 over-the-counter permit via the Zoning Division of City Planning to keep bees, chicken and goats. Individuals who grow food on land they own (backyard or a parcel used for vegetable production) may now sell produce through an on-site farmstand. Additionally, the amount of land required for a full-scale farm has been reduced to two acres.

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