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Phipps Backyard Edible Garden Program: Homegrown

Gabe Tilove | Director of Adult Education and Community Outreach, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

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Backyard gardens often represent our earliest interactions with the natural world, and eating from the garden is one of the most intimate. In Pittsburgh, our urban soils often have heavy metal contaminants, construction debris, or other obstacles to safe, productive, and beautiful garden space. Phipps Homegrown program helps build healthy gardens for families in food insecure areas – increasing fresh food access, encouraging time outside, and training a new generation of gardeners.

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About the Speaker

Gabe Tilove is the associate director of adult education and community outreach for Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, where he works to connect people more closely to the beauty of the natural world through education and outreach. Gabe directs 250+ classes annually on topics ranging from sustainable horticulture and native plant landscapes to botanical art and floral design, and now culinary arts in Phipps new teaching kitchen where students explore the intersection of food, plants, health and culture. In 2013, Gabe helped launch Phipps Homegrown program, and edible garden outreach program installing raised bed gardens for food insecure families. Over 300 backyard gardens have been installed to date.