Small and Mighty: The Black Urban Gardeners and Farmers of Pittsburgh Co-op
A Small and Mighty grant of $15,000 in January 2018 will assist Black Urban Gardeners and Farmers of Pittsburgh Co-op (BUGS) in implementing a nutrition education program, allow focus groups to provide feedback regarding the building of a co-op grocery store and recruit community members to attend a community farmers market.
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. This Homewood-based organization. It also educates community members about the holistic benefits of urban gardening and farming.
With the help of a previous Small and Mighty grant in 2017 of $16,500, BUGS completed Homewood’s first temporary outdoor greenhouse, or hoop house, for community use. Volunteer days are organized for participants of all ages to help maintain the cleanliness of the neighborhood and combat food insecurity.
The Small and Mighty grants program, an outcome of the Foundation’s 100 Percent Pittsburgh organizing principle has, as of Dec. 2019, awarded $1.25 million to 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. The Black Urban Gardeners and Farmers of Pittsburgh Co-op has an annual operating budget of $53,000.
To learn more about BUGS, visit https://www.facebook.com/blackurbangardeners/