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Pittsburgh Urban Growers Cooperative Launches to Increase Market and Profitability of Urban Farms in the Pittsburgh Area

The Pittsburgh Food Policy Council (PFPC), Grow Pittsburgh (GP) and Healcrest Urban Farm (HUF) have teamed up with New Sun Rising (NSR) to explore the idea of starting a Pittsburgh Urban Growers Cooperative to support the entrepreneurial ambitions of the region’s urban farms, community gardens, and backyard growing projects. The Pittsburgh Urban Growers Cooperative (PUGC) is gathering input through a Urban Grower’s Survey and also seeking urban growers to serve on its steering committee for the initial feasibility phase of the process. PUGC steering committee applications are available at this link. People interested in learning more about the idea are encouraged to attend an Urban Growers Meet & Greet networking event on Tues, Oct 27th from 5:00 to ­7:00 pm at 220 North Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15209. The idea for the PUGC arose out of conversations in the Urban Agriculture Working Group of the PFPC. The goal is to increase the individual profitability and market reach of small­scale urban and suburban farms in Allegheny County through cooperation and resource sharing. Urban growers cooperatives have been instrumental in cities like Detroit, Baltimore, New Orleans and Louisville, with each one taking a different approach to increase the market reach and profitability of its member­growers. Ideas so­far discussed for the Pittsburgh Urban Growers Cooperative include shared branding and marketing, umbrella USDA organic certification, and aggregating products for sale to larger markets. “Our current food systems relies primarily on far­away large­scale food producers to put food on our region’s tables,” says Dawn Plummer, Director of the Pittsburgh Food Policy Council. “With nearly half of Pittsburghers lacking access to fresh, affordable and nutritious food, we seek...

Services to the Street Coming to Allentown

Obtain a year’s worth of free support for your business Pittsburgh, PA – Work Hard Pittsburgh, Allentown’s co-working, business incubation, and tech academy, proudly presents Services to the Street, a program delivering free technology and marketing services to eligible small business. This year long program gives Allentown businesses access to the coworking talent in Work Hard Pittsburgh completely free of charge. Businesses will apply to receive $2,000 to $5,000 worth of technology and marketing services including brand & identity development, digital marketing, business consulting and training, media and outreach, and website development. Businesses will be selected according to metrics developed from strategic goals outlined in the 2014 Allentown CDC Neighborhood Plan. Additionally, Work Hard Pittsburgh will be forming a community advisory committee comprised of local residents to help inform which businesses receive the services. This type of program is the first-of-its-kind in the Pittsburgh region, further positioning Allentown as a center for innovative and inclusive community development. “Our goal is to give small businesses located in our community sophistication so that they can scale their revenue. Our hope is that they can then be better positioned to reap the economic benefits of a neighborhood in transition” says Josh Lucas, Founder of Work Hard Pittsburgh. Any business within the neighborhood of Allentown is welcome to apply by picking up an application at Work Hard PGH or filling out an application found on the website by November 1st, 2015. Specific services offered can also be found listed there. Services to the Street is a part of Pittsburgh Tall, an ongoing program providing subsidized content creation, best-practice social media management, and training...

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