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Plant your edible schoolyard

Written by Bob Batz Jr. on

Here's some news from Grow Pittsburgh that I knew was coming, but now I can share it with my son's elementary school. You might want to do that, too.

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Grow Pittsburgh Launches Edible Schoolyard Pittsburgh Website

Educational site offers resource for schools to start their own food gardens

Friday, December 7th, 2012, PITTSBURGH --- Grow Pittsburgh, a nonprofit dedicated to demonstrating, teaching and promoting responsible urban food production, is pleased to announce the launch of its Edible Schoolyard Pittsburgh website (  With increased interest and demand for creating school gardens and implementing programming that connects students to the growing and eating of healthy local foods, Grow Pittsburgh has created a website to serve as a resource for principals, teachers, garden educators, parents and students alike.

Edible Schoolyard Pittsburgh integrates garden and cooking activities into the regular classroom curriculum to improve young students’ eating habits, invest students in their school communities, and enhance students’ academic performance. Currently, the program is heavily invested in six Pittsburgh area elementary schools – four Pittsburgh Public Schools and two local charter schools.

The website provides 72 comprehensive lesson plans that are aligned to the PA State Science standards and are to be used in a school garden.  It also includes detailed information related to how to set-up a school garden, how to maintain and engage the community in caring for the garden, what crops to grow and when to grow them, a children’s booklist, and much more.

In conjunction with the website launch, Grow Pittsburgh is pleased to announce the development of an Edible Schoolyard Pittsburgh affiliate school program that will provide opportunities for elementary schools in the region to connect with staff members at Grow Pittsburgh to help schools design a suitable garden and conduct teacher trainings and support to ensure success.

“We are so pleased to see this project come to fruition as a resource for teachers, administrators, parents and students in our community.  We envision the day when school gardening and education around healthy eating becomes an integral part of all school programming and this website represents a significant step towards that goal”
                                                             – Jake Seltman, Director of Educational Programming

The Edible Schoolyard Pittsburgh website has been developed by Wall-to-Wall Studios, Inc. and with generous support from the Heinz Endowments, The Grable Foundation, The Eligator Sansom Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation, the Fisher Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation and the Garden Club of Allegheny County.   

CONTACT: Jake Seltman, Director of Educational Programming

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Phone: 412-362-4769 ext. 102

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