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200 orchard trees to be planted at former housing project

May 3, 2019

PITTSBURGH (AP) — An orchard of two hundred trees will be planted on a hilltop in Pittsburgh as part of a non-profit urban farm.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports volunteers will plant 200 fruit and nut trees at the Hilltop Urban Farm on the site of the former St. Clair Village housing project.

Executive Director Sarah Baxendell says Hilltop Urban Farm organization aims to address food insecurity in Pittsburgh’s hilltop neighborhoods.

The orchard’s harvest will eventually be sold to wholesalers and local farmer’s markets.

The organization began converting the former residential neighborhood to a 23-acre urban farm in 2017. It’s funded mostly with grants and charitable donations.

A farmer incubation program will help urban farmers start new businesses and a youth program will teach neighborhood kids about urban agriculture.