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Online guide helps you sell the food you grow


Grow Pittsburgh, Penn State Extension, and Pittsburgh Food Policy Council have announced the launch of an online resource guide titled An Urban Grower’s Guide: Selling the Food You Grow in Pittsburgh.

The goal of the guide is to encourage city residents to grow and sell produce by providing resources that explain the relevant rules and regulations.

A workshop has been scheduled on May 19 to showcase the new website content followed by Q&A, and will be held at Penn State Center Pittsburgh’s office at 1435 Bedford Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15219.

Registration is free at:

There has been a revival of urban agriculture across the country and here in Pittsburgh. Changes to the City of Pittsburgh’s Urban Agriculture Zoning Code in July 2015 made it easier to change zoning to allow for raising animals and sell home-grown produce from a farm or garden.

Then, in November 2015, City Council passed the Adopt-A-Lot program, which allows residents and groups to license or lease city-owned vacant lots for gardens. For gardens participating in the Adopt-A-Lot program, it is also possible to attain, for a $25 permit fee, a “market-stand lease” allowing the on-site sale of produce grown at that garden or farm.

These developments inspired Grow Pittsburgh, Penn State Extension, and Pittsburgh Food Policy Council to collaborate to create a clearinghouse of information for urban growers seeking to sell the food they cultivate. The resources in the guide cover a range of topics that one might run into when growing and selling food, from rules about zoning or food safety permits to understanding liability or water access.

The five sections of the guide include Before You Begin, All About Land, Business Planning, Growing your Garden or Farm, and Successful Operation.

The guide is for anyone who is growing food in the City of Pittsburgh and is interested in selling it, from backyard or community gardeners to urban farmers. While some resources may be helpful for growers in the surrounding region, the information in the guide is directed toward those growing and then selling food within the City of Pittsburgh.

View the guide at


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