Homegrown is a Phipps program dedicated to increasing community access to fresh produce, promoting better food choices, and improving the overall health of families and children. Since its inception in 2013, the program has installed 125 vegetable gardens at households in underserved neighborhoods and provided mentorship and resources. Currently, Phipps is operating Homegrown only in Homewood, but we plan to expand the program in the future.
Interested in growing your own vegetables at home? Want to get your kids involved in a positive activity with healthy rewards? Don’t know where to start? We can help.
How We Work
Homegrown supports participants over two years, equipping them with the resources they need to become self-sufficient gardeners. Each family receives help with installation, plus these free materials:
• Raised-bed building supplies
• Soil, seeds and plants
• Garden tools
After gardens go in, Homegrown keeps in touch throughout the season, offering participants:
• Regular check-ins and garden visits to answer questions
• Gardening and cooking workshops
• Help getting started again the second year
By enrolling in Homegrown, participants commit to:
• Participate in the program for two years
• Attend monthly classes when able
• Take care of the gardens throughout the season
• Help new neighborhood gardeners after the second year
Want to follow the Homegrown model in your own backyard or community? Check out our resources to help you get started:
Currently, Phipps is operating Homegrown only in Homewood, but we plan to expand the program in the future. Watch this space for details.
For more information, please contact the Homegrown staff at firstname.lastname@example.org or 412/441-4442.
Homegrown’s residential efforts in Homewood are made possible in collaboration with the Homewood-Brushton YMCA and Pittsburgh Job Corps Center.
Photos © Adam Milliron, Charity Grimes Bauman and Gabe Tilove