In an effort to get myself closer to reaching 50 volunteer hours in 2012 (of which I had only notched two), I spent a Saturday morning and afternoon in Braddock at the GrowPGH farm. This urban farm sits in the shadow of the steel industry, and what they've got going on in these once-vacant lots is very impressive.
I would try and sum up what GrowPGH's Braddock farm is all about, but they do it best on their site.
Our task for the day was to clear out a long patch along the outer border of one of the lots. Then we covered the whole section with wood chips. It felt good to do some manual labor, and it was rewarding to see a debris-covered section of the lot end up closer to being a productive section of the farm.
|One day I will have a backyard, and in that backyard I will have some chicken friends.|
|View of the lot we were tasked with cleaning up .|
|This is the opposite of what my tomatos look like. I think I need to stick with houseplants.|
|The fruits of our labor: Soon this area will be as productive as the rest of the urban farm.|
But hey! Four more hours logged. Only 44 more to go.