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  • 14th Annual Farm to Table Local Expo

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    Join us for the 14th Annual Farm to Table Expo! We will be part of the Pittsburgh Home & Garden Show.

    Vendors and speakers will be sampling and selling local farm products. Learn where to shop local all year round and stock up on your Buy Fresh Buy Local favorites!!

  • Environmental Film Series: Right to Harm

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    Join Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens on Fri., Jan. 17 from 7 – 9 p.m. in the Botany Hall Auditorium at Phipps for a screening of Right to HarmThrough the riveting stories of five rural communities, Right to Harm exposes the devastating public health impact factory farming has on many disadvantaged citizens throughout the United States. Filmed across the country, the documentary chronicles the failures of state agencies to regulate industrial animal agriculture. Known formally as Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations – or CAFOs – these facilities produce millions of gallons of untreated waste that destroys the quality of life for nearby neighbors. Fed up with the lack of regulation, these disenfranchised citizens band together to demand justice from their legislators.

  • SCDN Forum: Local Food Fosters Economic Development and Resilience

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    Forum, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
    Networking Happy Hour to follow, 5:15 pm – 7:00 pm

    Forum:
    Sharpsburg Municipal Building
    1611 Main St.
    Pittsburgh, PA 15215

    Networking Happy Hour:
    Hitchhiker Brewing Co.
    1500 S Canal St
    Sharpsburg, PA 15215

    Register here
    Cost from $10 to $25
    Appetizers will be served and Food Truck will be available during happy hour

    12:30 pm – Registration opens
    1:00 pm – Speakers begin

    Please join the Sustainable Community Development Network (SCDN), facilitated by Sustainable Pittsburgh, along with the Local Government Academy (LGA) for an afternoon forum (and happy hour!).

    Participants will learn about the numerous health and environmental advantages of fostering a robust and accessible food system and discuss how communities can improve economic and community growth through implementing food-friendly policies. Grow PittsburghThe Greater Pittsburgh Food Policy Council, and the Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurant program are working with us to create a program exploring numerous topics, including: workforce development, land use and reuse, the farm to table experience, restaurant incubators, urban agricultural, and a related model ordinance.

    The benefits of improving the availability of fresh, locally produced food in your community are difficult to overstate. A robust local food system can provide low income and disadvantaged members of your community with access to fresh and healthier foods. It can connect community members to workforce training opportunities and a larger pool of career oriented jobs. In addition, locally produced food can lower the region’s overall carbon emissions, return unused land to productive use, and improve our regional air quality.

    Please share with your elected municipal officials and community leaders!

    Speakers and Discussion Leaders to include:

    Jonathan Burgess

    Jonathan BurgessPrograms and Policy Director, Allegheny County Conservation District
    He oversees programming that includes farmland preservation, urban and rural agricultural assistance, urban soil health, and watersheds.


    Cynthia Caul

    Cynthia CaulOutreach & Research Coordinator, Center for Regional Agriculture, Food, & Transformation (CRAFT), Chatham University
    With CRAFT, she helps to foster a regional food system in Western Pennsylvania that is more equitable, sustainable, and inclusive.


    Alyson Fearon

    Alyson FearonCommunity Conservation Director, Allegheny Land Trust
    She is responsible for establishing and expanding urban conservation and greenspace efforts in our region.


    Erin Hart

    Erin HartDirector of Health Benefit Services, American HealthCare Group
    She created Farm to Table Western PA that unites farms and food producers with local consumers through an annual conference, regional tasting events, a business-to-business network, Lunch & Learn series, and ongoing educational programs for consumers.


    Denele Hughson

    Denele HughsonDirector of Farm Education, Grow Pittsburgh
    She oversees the operations of Grow Pittsburgh’s three productions sites, workforce development, and general education offered to the public and serves on the advisory council for the Food Trust’s Farmers Market Promotion Program and the Hilltop Urban Farm.


    Karlin Lamberto

    Karlin Lamberto, Project Manager, Pittsburgh Food Policy Council
    She provides outreach, coordination, and research support to the Council, the Urban Agriculture Working Group, and related projects.


    Adrienne Nelson

    Adrienne Nelson, Co-Founder, Western Pennsylvania Young Farmers Coalition
    She supports the new generation of farmers in PA by ensuring that their needs and voices are accurately represented in state and federal policy-making processes through this chapter of the National Young Farmers Coalition.


    Kristen Rodack

    Kristen RodackPublic Health Administrator, Allegheny County Health Department
    She works on Live Well Allegheny, a county-wide health and wellness campaign to reduce chronic diseases in Allegheny County, connecting municipalities, schools, restaurants, and workplaces to a network of partners and health resources.


    Rayden Sorock

    Rayden SorockDirector of Community Projects, Grow Pittsburgh
    He has worked with communities to establish 36 community gardens and support an additional 60 more over the past 7 years, utilizing education and building community support.


    Questions? Please contact Jim Price, Sustainable Community Manager, Sustainable Pittsburgh at jprice@sustainablepittsburgh.org or (412) 259-5331.

  • SCDN Forum: Local Food Fosters Economic Development and Resilience

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    Tuesday, May 14, 2019
    Forum, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
    Networking Happy Hour to follow, 5:15 pm – 7:00 pm

    Forum:
    Sharpsburg Municipal Building
    1611 Main St.
    Pittsburgh, PA 15215

    Networking Happy Hour:
    Hitchhiker Brewing Co.
    1500 S Canal St
    Sharpsburg, PA 15215

    Register here
    Cost from $10 to $25
    Appetizers will be served by Community Kitchen Pittsburgh during happy hour

    12:30 pm – Registration opens
    1:00 pm – Speakers begin

    Please join the Sustainable Community Development Network (SCDN), facilitated by Sustainable Pittsburgh, along with the Local Government Academy (LGA) for an afternoon forum (and happy hour!).

    Participants will learn about the numerous health and environmental advantages of fostering a robust and accessible food system and discuss how communities can improve economic and community growth through implementing food-friendly policies. Grow PittsburghPittsburgh Food Policy Council, and the Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurant program are working with us to create a program exploring numerous topics, including: workforce development, land use and reuse, the farm to table experience, restaurant incubators, urban agricultural, and a related model ordinance.

    The benefits of improving the availability of fresh, locally produced food in your community are difficult to overstate. A robust local food system can provide low income and disadvantaged members of your community with access to fresh and healthier foods. It can connect community members to workforce training opportunities and a larger pool of career oriented jobs. In addition, locally produced food can lower the region’s overall carbon emissions, return unused land to productive use, and improve our regional air quality.

    Please share with your elected municipal officials and community leaders!

    Speakers and Discussion Leaders to include:

    Jonathan Burgess

    Jonathan BurgessPrograms and Policy Director, Allegheny County Conservation District
    He oversees programming that includes farmland preservation, urban and rural agricultural assistance, urban soil health, and watersheds.


    Cynthia Caul

    Cynthia CaulOutreach & Research Coordinator, Center for Regional Agriculture, Food, & Transformation (CRAFT), Chatham University
    With CRAFT, she helps to foster a regional food system in Western Pennsylvania that is more equitable, sustainable, and inclusive.


    Alyson Fearon

    Alyson FearonCommunity Conservation Director, Allegheny Land Trust
    She is responsible for establishing and expanding urban conservation and greenspace efforts in our region.


    Erin Hart

    Erin HartDirector of Health Benefit Services, American HealthCare Group
    She created Farm to Table Western PA that unites farms and food producers with local consumers through an annual conference, regional tasting events, a business-to-business network, Lunch & Learn series, and ongoing educational programs for consumers.


    Denele Hughson

    Denele HughsonDirector of Farm Education, Grow Pittsburgh
    She oversees the operations of Grow Pittsburgh’s three productions sites, workforce development, and general education offered to the public and serves on the advisory council for the Food Trust’s Farmers Market Promotion Program and the Hilltop Urban Farm.


    Zaheen Hussain, Director of Sustainability, New Sun Rising

    Zaheen directs New Sun Rising’s regional work on community sustainability, and serves as the Sustainability Coordinator for the Millvale Ecodistrict Collaborative.


    Karlin Lamberto

    Karlin Lamberto, Project Manager, Pittsburgh Food Policy Council
    She provides outreach, coordination, and research support to the Council, the Urban Agriculture Working Group, and related projects.


    Adrienne Nelson

    Adrienne Nelson, Co-Founder, Western Pennsylvania Young Farmers Coalition
    She supports the new generation of farmers in PA by ensuring that their needs and voices are accurately represented in state and federal policy-making processes through this chapter of the National Young Farmers Coalition.


    Kristen Rodack

    Kristen RodackPublic Health Administrator, Allegheny County Health Department
    She works on Live Well Allegheny, a county-wide health and wellness campaign to reduce chronic diseases in Allegheny County, connecting municipalities, schools, restaurants, and workplaces to a network of partners and health resources.


    Rayden Sorock

    Rayden SorockDirector of Community Projects, Grow Pittsburgh
    He has worked with communities to establish 36 community gardens and support an additional 60 more over the past 7 years, utilizing education and building community support.


    Questions? Please contact Jim Price, Sustainable Community Manager, Sustainable Pittsburgh at jprice@sustainablepittsburgh.org or (412) 259-5331.

  • SCDN Webinar: Urban Agriculture – From Vacant Properties to Green Space

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    The presence of vacant properties is a challenge that municipalities face every day, but these spaces can be utilized to benefit the community in several ways: returning properties to the tax rolls, improving community engagement, fostering economic development, and combating food insecurity.

    Interest in urban agriculture and community gardening has seen a major resurgence in the last 15 years. As municipal leaders seek ways to improve the quality of life for their neighborhoods, community gardens have shown to cultivate resident engagement and productive community partnerships. Utilizing vacant lots as green space in some communities has also revealed an improvement in air and water quality, helping with stormwater issues and even calming local traffic.

    As a response to rising interest in community gardening, Grow Pittsburgh formed in 2005 and has since become a go-to resource when it comes to self-sustaining urban agriculture in the region. Join Local Government Academy in partnership with Sustainable Pittsburgh’s Sustainable Community Development Network (SCDN) as we host speaker Rayden Sorock, Director of Community Projects at Grow Pittsburgh, for a webinar describing best practices for starting an urban agricultural project. Learn which policies municipalities can adopt to facilitate growing food, and then hear from Rebecca Bradley, Manager of Wilkins Township, about a real community garden project.

    About the presenters:

    Rayden Sorock is the Director of Community Projects at Grow Pittsburgh. Since 2008, Rayden has been working in community-focused agriculture, and has worked with communities to start or support 80+ community gardens throughout Allegheny County. He lives in Wilkinsburg with his family and backyard garden.

    Rebecca Bradley has been the Manager for Wilkins Township, Allegheny County for the last 15 years. She also serves as a peer-to-peer consultant for the DCED Governor’s Center for Local Government Services. Prior to working for Wilkins, Rebecca spent ten years as the Administrator for the City of Aliquippa, Beaver County. Rebecca has a Masters in Business Administration from Geneva College. Hobbies including running, reading and weeding.

  • SCDN Webinar: Urban Agriculture – From Vacant Properties to Green Space

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    November 15 @ 1:00 – 2:00 pm
    Register Here
    FREE

    The presence of vacant properties is a challenge that municipalities face every day, but these spaces can be utilized to benefit the community in several ways: returning properties to the tax rolls, improving community engagement, fostering economic development, and combating food insecurity.

    Interest in urban agriculture and community gardening has seen a major resurgence in the last 15 years. As municipal leaders seek ways to improve the quality of life for their neighborhoods, community gardens have shown to cultivate resident engagement and productive community partnerships. Utilizing vacant lots as green space in some communities has also revealed an improvement in air and water quality, helping with stormwater issues and even calming local traffic.

    As a response to rising interest in community gardening, Grow Pittsburgh formed in 2005 and has since become a go-to resource when it comes to self-sustaining urban agriculture in the region. Join Local Government Academy in partnership with Sustainable Pittsburgh’s Sustainable Community Development Network (SCDN) as we host speaker Rayden Sorock, Director of Community Projects at Grow Pittsburgh, for a webinar describing best practices for starting an urban agricultural project. Learn which policies municipalities can adopt to facilitate growing food, and then hear from Rebecca Bradley, Manager of Wilkins Township, about a real community garden project.

  • Nicaraguan Coffee Tasting with Cooperative Aldea Global

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    Taste the coffee and meet the leaders and farmers behind the internationally recognized Nicaraguan coffee cooperative, Aldea Global, during an interactive tasting and light reception.

    Social impact investor Oikocredit is teaming up with Building New Hope, a Pittsburgh based non-profit who collaborates with Central Americans to build sustainable livelihoods, to introduce you to the delicious taste and compelling stories behind quality organic coffee and the communities that produce it.

    Maria Mercedes Aleman will join us from the Jinotega region of Nicaragua to share the stories and experience of Aldea Global. Aldea is a recognized leader not only in producing delicious coffee but in building strong and thriving communities where women own land and hold positions of leadership, where farmers retain more of their profits, and where a diverse array of community programs contribute to a sustainable and productive future.

  • Downtown Foodies: Sustainable Tasting Tour (Cancelled)

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    *We apologize for the short notice but due to circumstances beyond our control, this tour has been cancelled. Please stay tuned for future neighborhood tasting tours!

    The Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurant program is excited to host Downtown Foodies: Sustainable Tasting Tour as part of the 2018 Doors Open Pittsburgh Insider Tour!

    Get an up-close insider experience with two Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurants located Downtown as you explore their cuisines and learn how their commitments to sustainability improve their communities, reduce environmental impacts, and contribute to the economic prosperity of southwestern PA.

    Participating restaurants include:

    Corner Mercantile: A Silver designated Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurant, the Corner Mercantile offers an extensive seasonal menu with all meals from scratch and pastries baked in-house daily. Enjoy house-made samples while learning how Corner Mercantile strives to reduce waste, is active in the community, and shows care for their employees.

    or, The Whale:  A seafood and chop house committed to sourcing from sustainable and humane, local farms, or, The Whale is harbored next to the Distrikt Hotel in the historic Salvation Army building. Enjoy a cocktail making demo upstairs in Evangeline accompanied by some house-made snacks from this Gold designated Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurant.