The Pittsburgh Foundation

Small and Mighty: The Black Urban Gardeners and Farmers of Pittsburgh Co-op

Black Urban Gardeners and Farmers of Pittsburgh educates and assists black people in maintaining gardens and small farms to address the food desert problem that persists in many majority-black communities.

The Pittsburgh Foundation has awarded a Small and Mighty grant of $16,500 to The Black Urban Gardeners and Farmers of Pittsburgh Co-op (BUGS). The Small and Mighty grants program, an outcome of the Foundation’s 100 Percent Pittsburgh organizing principle, has awarded $308,821 this year to 22 local nonprofit organizations with budgets of less than $600,000.

BUGS aims to educate and assist black people in establishing and maintaining gardens and small farms, supplying fresh fruits and vegetables to residents. Established in 2015, Homewood-based BUGS seeks, through farmer’s markets and free food distributions, to address the food desert problem that persists in many majority-black communities.

The grant will be used to execute its design for a year-round urban farm and implement farm-based programming. The Black Urban Gardeners and Farmers of Pittsburgh Co-op has an annual operating budget of $50,470.

In the first round of Small and Mighty funding, announced in March 2017, a total of $230,000 was awarded to 18 organizations. To date, Small and Mighty has awarded $538,000 in grants to 40 organizations.

To learn more about BUGS, visit their Facebook page.

Read about the Small and Mighty initiative