The Crafton Community Farm is not your ordinary community garden! Currently in its fifth year, the garden is planted, mulched, watered, weeded and harvested by volunteers–who then donate most of the produce! It began as an idea from Crafton resident Andrea Marquis, who brought the idea to Crafton Borough in 2014. With a generous grant from The Allegheny Grows branch of Grow Pittsburgh, as well as ongoing cooperation with the Crafton Borough, the garden is now thriving, and its produce is regularly donated to the Crafton Ingram Community Food Pantry and others. The amount of produce harvested in the summer of 2018 totaled 1164 pounds.
All produce is organic, grown from non-GMO seeds. This summer, volunteers are planting cucumbers, beets, peas, tomatoes, peppers, zucchini, ground cherries, strawberries, kale, beans, nasturtium, lettuce, carrots, Pak Choi, swiss chard, eggplant, okra, asparagus, bush, cannellini, & pole beans, spaghetti squash, garlic, and a variety of herbs. Volunteers learn from each other and from professionals about the best way to grow, harvest–and even cook!–the produce.
Would you like to get involved? Anyone is welcome join in harvesting and other garden activities every Sunday morning at around 10:00 a.m., every Tuesday evening at 5:00 p.m., and every Thursday morning around 9:00 a.m. You can tour and browse through the garden, the pollinator garden around its border, and, if you’re dedicated, the compost. Please always respect the food and the work of the volunteers by staying positive and helpful in this space.
More information about the garden can be found on its Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/craftoncommunityfarm, or by contacting CraftonCommunityFarm@gmail.com.
Have you seen any untended fruit trees growing around your neighborhood? The Crafton Ingram Food Pantry would love your apples, berries, pears, or other fruit. If you have a fruiting tree, or know someone who does, please contact us at CraftonCommunityFarm@gmail.com so we can rally our volunteers to harvest the fruit when it is ripe. If the tree is not on your property, please remember to get the owner’s permission before you pick. Likewise, if you are enjoying a surplus of any type of veggies in your home garden, they would be most welcome at the Food Pantry. Email us at the above address to schedule a pickup!