The Pittsburgh Foundation

Small and Mighty: Mwanakuche Farm

Mwanakuche Farm

The Pittsburgh Foundation’s Small and Mighty program awarded $15,000 to All About the Youth Community Center in 2021. Mwanakuche Farm is run by a group of Somali Bantu volunteers in Perry South that produces food for the community. 

Mwanakuche Farm is a volunteer run, Somali-Bantu-led and serving organization that operates the Mwanakuche Community Garden in Pittsburgh’s Perry South neighborhood. The organization focuses its programs and services on supporting Somali-Bantu community unification, self-sufficiency and integration, while upholding cultural heritage. Produce from the garden is donated to community members and sold at a farm stand. This grant will support the community garden and farm stand. In 2022, the organization plans to increase the farm stand from one to three days per week and host technical skills training sessions to build volunteer capacity to expand the farm and effectively use its new greenhouse.  

The Small and Mighty grants program focuses on grant seeking for small nonprofits that are meeting basic needs in our region. Since 2016, the program has awarded funding to many nonprofit organizations with budgets of less than $600,000. View all Small and Mighty grantees.