$12,500 Pittsburgh Struggling Student Assoc.: Urban Farming in Manchester
PROGRAM: 2016 Small & Simple
GRANTEE: Pittsburgh Struggling Student Association
The Pittsburgh Struggling Student Association seeks to address food insecurity in Manchester and its status as a food desert by using the Manchester Growing Together Farm as a hands-on educational classroom, teaching and reinforcing healthy eating and living, and economic empowerment. This farm, a small-scale direct to market farm, will soon be a certified natural grown farm which will enable them to host three FREE summer community dinners in order to provide a family setting and engage conversation among the community. PSSA will purchase a 16’x’32 pre-fabricated portable building with a kitchen and a pavilion from Ken’s Sheds of Slippery Rock that will be delivered fully constructed and usable to the site. This building will afford them the opportunity to sell and provide milk and cheese products and refrigeration to ensure freshness of the farmed products. The building also has a covered pavilion that offers a sheltered farmer’s market retail space as well as a classroom space for children’s programming, communal dinners, cooking demonstrations and meeting space. PSSA will also monitor and provide opportunity for youth that are court-ordered to perform community service hours. The site will mentor all youth who attend their summer youth programming. This will help reinforce positive behaviors and attitudes of youth who may be inclined to be involved in delinquent behaviors. Rewards will be earned based on attendance and behavior.