Neighborhood project grows organic food on the Northside


Photo courtesy of Ballfield Farm.

By Alyse Horn

Northsider’s looking to grow their own produce can find a sanctuary within Ballfield Farm, located near the corner of Danbury and Crispen Streets.

Joanna Deming, the development associate at The Pittsburgh Project, said in an email that Ballfield Farm is a neighborhood project that collectively grows organic food in Pittsburgh’s Perry South neighborhood and the garden was created in 2008 by two staff members, Mark and Courtney Williams, at The Pittsburgh Project.

“[They] led an effort to transform an abandoned, overgrown baseball field into a small urban farm that produces fruit, vegetables, and herbs,” Deming said. “They still lead [the garden], along with with volunteer team today.”

Deming said some of the produce includes chard, kale, spinach, potatoes, tomatoes and other organic crops.

The farm is open every Wednesday from 5:30 p.m. until dusk, and every Saturday from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Deming said the produce grown is only available to members and those who are involved in gardening during the entire growing season. A minimum of an hour and a half per week is required to be involved.

To become involved, Ballfield Farm asks that potential participants fill out an online membership form or show up during gardening hours to register. There is a $15 fee for individuals or $30 for a family.

Deming said the garden is very family friendly, and there is separate garden where children can participate in growing fruits and vegetables.

“It’s multigenerational,” Deming said. “What makes it unique is we all work together on shared space.”

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