Each student, each teacher, each parent, each volunteer and each garden is part of a larger system working to ensure that all people have access to fresh and local food across the city and beyond. Navigate through this page to learn how you can be a part of the school gardens in Pittsburgh.

Flagship School Garden Program

We currently work with four flagship schools in the city of Pittsburgh.  This is the foundation of our work as we are actively involved in building and maintaining the onsite gardens, providing weekly garden-based lessons and facilitating community events and outreach.  Click here to learn more about our history and current program.  We are not currently accepting new flagship schools but are continuing to build our Learning Garden School program.

Learning Garden School Program

Grow Pittsburgh and The Kitchen Community have partnered to develop a Learning Garden Program to support more school gardens in our region. Learning Gardens are outdoor classrooms that are adaptable to any schoolyard and are designed to fit the space and needs of each school. In this program, we work with school staff and community for two years to assist in planning and building on-site gardens. We work with teachers to train and host garden classes throughout the season and align garden classes with the school’s mission and curriculum to create a dynamic, sustainable school-specific program.

Please contact us if your school is interested in this program.

Join the Southwestern PA School Garden Network

Our map of school gardens in Southwestern PA serves as a network of educational gardens in the region.  To view the map, click here.  To add a program to the map, click here.

If your educational garden program has photos, projects, questions or ideas to share with the broader school garden community, we welcome you (or your students) to write a School Garden Guest Post on our website.

Fill out this form to submit your School Garden Guest Post!

Volunteer

We are always looking for volunteers at Grow Pittsburgh and our school gardens. Visit our Grow Pittsburgh volunteer page or Event Calendar if you are interested in a work project day. If you would like to volunteer on a regular basis with the students of our Flagship School Program, please read the ESY Lesson Volunteer Description to learn about the process for becoming a lesson volunteer.

Receive our Newsletter

ESY Pittsburgh’s programming is highlighted in the Grow Pittsburgh E-Newsletter throughout the year.  To sign up for Fresh View, the Grow Pittsburgh E-Newsletter, click here.

Become A Member

Click here to find out how becoming a Grow Pittsburgh annual member can positively effect our daily programming with Pittsburgh students.

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