Sat., March 23; 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Rooted in Community: Backyard Garden Forum

Join us for a one-day forum on successful growing techniques to kick off the vegetable gardening season!

On Sat., March 23 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., join us for a one-day forum about successful growing techniques for your edible garden and community gardens! Local experts and community members will present a variety of short topics with a catered lunch by Café Phipps included. 

Topics Covered:

  • Specialty Fruits to Grow in Pittsburgh | Silvan Goddin, Grow Pittsburgh, @homegrown_handgathered
  • Cover Crops on a Small Scale | Ayanna Jones, Sankofa Village Community Farms
  • Fungi in the Garden | Robin Eng, PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
  • Dealing with Nighttime Insect Pests | Allison Glick, Phipps Conservatory
  • Soil Remediation: What It Can and Can’t Do | Masoud Sayles, Grounded Strategies
  • Medicinal Content of Herbs | Marietta Altenor

In addition, Allegheny County Conservation District will host a free pop-up Soil Lead Screening at the event! To have your soil samples analyzed, read the following:

1. COLLECT: Use instructions from the “How to Take a Soil Test” handout to collect and label your soil samples.

2. POP-UP & RESULTS: Bring your samples to the Backyard Garden Forum; ACCD will analyze your soil sample in real time so that you receive results same day and can connect with staff help you understand and act on your results.

Phipps Edible Garden Forum: Rooted in Community will be held at Phipps Special Events Hall. See ticket levels below: 

  • Standard – $55
  • Supported – $25; for those who are students, in the Museums for All program, or those who need extra support to attend the event.
  • Pay it Forward – $85; for those who are eager to support access to ecological gardening education.

Attendees that register by March 1 will be entered in a raffle for a garden supply gift basket!  Please contact jpope@phipps.conservatory.org if you have any questions. Click the button below to register! 

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