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Biophilia: Pittsburgh is the pilot chapter for a global Biophilia Network. Read on to learn about our next event!

Virtual Biophilia: Pittsburgh August Meeting – A Farm-to-Table Life

Register to Attend

Join us virtually Thurs., Aug. 5 for an evening of conversation with Art King of Harvest Valley Farms, a fourth-generation family farm in Gibsonia, PA. The farm has undergone a number of changes over the decades since it began in 1941, and Art will share more about the history of the farm itself and how the farm has evolved to become more sustainable from their management to their growing practices. In addition, he will look ahead to what’s coming in the next 5 years, not only for Harvest Valley, but other farms in the region.

Register in advance for the meeting here. The Zoom meeting will begin promptly at 6 p.m. (EST), 3 p.m. (PST). After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Meet the Speaker

Art King operates Harvest Valley Farms with his son, David, and his brother, Larry, in Valencia, PA, just north of Pittsburgh. Over 58 varieties of small fruits and vegetables are grown on 160 acres, and their marketing is just as diversified as their product list. They have a 509 member CSA, sell at 3 farmers markets in Pittsburgh, a farm market and bakery in Gibsonia and host pick-your-own pumpkin activities in October on the farm. Art holds a bachelor's degree in Nature Conservation from California University, in California, PA and an associate's degree in Business Management from Butler Community College. He is the past President of the Pennsylvania Vegetable Growers Association, serves on the Simply Sweet Onion Committee and is a member of Royal Grange and PASA. He was also awarded “Honorary County Agent” in 2019.

Meetings are free to attend; however, advance registration is required. To R.S.V.P., please use this link.

Discover Our Additional Resources

Designed as a series of posts on the Phipps blog and a hashtag for use on Twitter and Instagram#bioPGH is a new social call-to-action for people throughout the region to more closely examine the beauty and importance of the nature around them.

The Biophilic Mind is a blog focused on presenting primary-source articles at the intersection of human health and the natural world. The Biophilic Mind aims to highlight high quality, recent research about the connections between well-being and nature.

Inspired by the Biophilic Cities initiative, the Biophilia: Pittsburgh Directory seeks to present an overview of the biophilic organizations, events, activities and projects in Pittsburgh, to aid the public in enhancing their connections to nature and discovering collaborative opportunities. 

In this archive, you may access presentation materials and video recordings from previous installments of our monthly Biophilia: Pittsburgh meeting series. Additions will be made often, so visit regularly for the latest materials to deepen your Biophilia: Pittsburgh experience.

Biophilia: Pittsburgh meets monthly at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens where, over delicious small-plates and light refreshments, a discipline or behavior is identified — often by an expert guest speaker — and discussed among the participants in the interest of sharing ideas and identifying opportunities. 

Our Goals

• To welcome and inspire others with the concept and principles of biophilia
• To foster collaboration and learning between professionals from a wide variety of disciplines
• To communicate biophilic principles in action-oriented ways to a wider audience for exponential and regional impact

What Is Biophilia?

The term “biophilia,” which literally means “love of life,” was coined by social psychologist Erich Fromm and popularized by biologist E.O. Wilson, who defined it as “the innately emotional affiliation of human beings to other living organisms.”

The implications of biophilia extend across a vast array of disciplines including design and engineering, nutrition, psychology, public health, education, biology and the humanities. Biophilia is expressed all over the world every day, through complex collaborations such as the design and construction of buildings and landscapes; and intimate, personal encounters including nature hikes and home gardening.

Photo © Paul g. Wiegman, Phipps staff