The idea is that after three years at the Hilltop Urban Farm, farmers-in-training will be able to graduate off the site, and go on to launch new urban or rural farms in Western Pa., either in the city or on other preserved land in the county, ” says Sarah Ashley Baxendell.

Pittsburgh City Paper

“ Once a reality, the Hilltop Urban Farm will exist on a much larger scale. Fully active, the farm will multiply Pittsburgh’s food supply by 400 percent and quadruple the amount of food grown within the city limits, based on its acreage.”

The Incline


“We’re light years ahead of where we were 10 years ago,” Sarah Ashley Baxendell says, describing the process (in South Side Park) and the city’s recent push to emphasize open spaces.

— Pittsburgh Magazine


You can’t really see it from anywhere,” says Sarah Baxendell, Director, Greenspace Projects for the Hilltop Alliance and organizer of Saturday’s Goat Fest. “You wouldn’t know (South Side Park) was there just driving past. ”

Baxendell spent the better part of last year compiling a comprehensive report on park’s makeup and usage. It was the first step in a long-term, community-driven effort to transform a neglected plot of land into a core amenity for south Pittsburgh.

— Next Pittsburgh

According to Sarah Ashley Baxendell, the purpose of the (Lots of Flowers) program was to beautify vacant lots with low maintenance flower installations. It also serves to improve stormwater holding capacity, beautify the community and diminish vacant lot maintenance.

— South Pittsburgh Reporter


The Hilltop Urban Farm will open in 2019, consisting of 23 acres (9 hectares) of farmland where low-income housing once stood, two miles (3 km) from the city center, designer, Sarah Ashley Baxendell, says.

— Reuters

First ribbon-cutting for a farm in probably 100 years in the City of Pittsburgh,” quipped Mayor Bill Peduto at the site of Hilltop Urban Farm, a 107-acre property in the city’s tiny St. Clair neighborhood in South Pittsburgh that includes 23 acres of farmland.

Upon completion, Hilltop Urban Farm will be the largest urban farm in the United States. 

— Next Pittsburgh


Supported by National Media Outlets



Proud to be from Pittsburgh: Hilltop Urban Farm, WPXI

What does Pittsburgh’s Hilltop Urban Farm need to do to mitigate a food desert? Access to healthy food may only be a start., Public Source

Fruit Trees, Nuts and Programming are growing at the 23-acre Hilltop Urban Farm, WESA 90.5 NPR Pittsburgh

Fresh Divide: Could an urban farm help those marooned in Pittsburgh’s Hilltop?, The Incline

See what’s growing in the City during the Pittsburgh Urban Farm Tour, Next Pittsburgh

Growing Farmers, East End Food Co-Op

Hilltop Urban farm sets goals and launches volunteer days, Pittsburgh City Paper

Pittsburgh to be the site of America's largest urban farm, VOA News

Pittsburgh to have largest urban farm in US, Pittsburgh Green Story

Unique Urban Farms across the US, Subculture, Subway

Pittsburgh Urban Farm Aims to Combine Housing and Healthy Eating, Next City

This New Housing Complex has a bonus, a 23-acre farm, Fast Company

Post-Industrial Pittsburgh to host America's largest urban farm, Reuters

Pittsburgh's Serious Commitment to Urban Farming - St. Clair Village, Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Up on the Farm: Ambitious urban agriculture in the city's Hilltop, Pittsburgh Post Gazette

One of the country's largest urban farms is underway to St. Clair Village, Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Hilltop Urban Farm in South Pittsburgh is set to become the largest urban farm in the country, Next Pittsburgh

Urban Farm planned for former housing project site, Trib Live

City takes steps to make urban farming dream come true, CBS Pittsburgh

Latest Hilltop Farm Plans explained at Mt Oliver City Block Watch, South Pittsburgh Reporter

Updates Hilltop Farm Master plan to block watch meeting, South Pittsburgh Reporter

Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: Opportunities grow in old St. Clair Village, Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Alliance aims to transform vacant parcel in St. Clair to include townhouses, urban farming, Trib Live

One of the largest urban farming communities in the country might be created where a public housing complex once stood, Inquisitr 

Pittsburgh's St. Clair neighborhood to get an urban farm and new housing, Pittsburgh City Paper

Plan announced for Hilltop Urban Farm, Pittsburgh City Paper

Possible options discussed for St. Clair Village site, South Pittsburgh Reporter

South Side Park is a Forgotten Gem and a Future Asset, Pittsburgh Magazine

Step One in Creating a Better South Side Park: bring in the goats, Next Pittsburgh

Allegheny Goatscape offers novelty, sustainability as the herd embarks on a mission to clean up Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh City Paper

Nine Goats and a Miniature Donkey may help clear overgrowth in South Side Park, Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Teens tried to Ride, Attacked Donkey in South Side Park, CBS Pittsburgh

Equipment Meant to Protect Landscaping Goats Stolen, CBS Pittsburgh

McKinley Park will get greener, with more gathering space, NextPittsburgh

Parks Conservancy to share $1.75 Million grant, Pittsburgh Post Gazette

McKinley Park Master Plan outlined, South Pittsburgh Reporter

Haberman, McKinley Park plans moving forward, South Pittsburgh Reporter

Lots of Flowers bringing a little color to vacant Hilltop properties, South Pittsburgh Reporter

Lots of Love going into these lots, South Pittsburgh Reporter