County Park Serves As Farm, Possibly Garden, Too

In a move harkening back to wartime Victory Gardens, food pantries around Pittsburgh could soon get fresh produce from an Allegheny County Park. County Executive Dan Onorato has proposed a program called Allegheny FarmCorps that would employ a couple part-time workers to cultivate two acres at Round Hill Park in the southeast corner of the county. The park is already well-prepared for this kind of endeavor. It's the site of an old working farm donated to the county and opened for visitors in 1968. County workers now tend cows, pigs, and retired police horses.

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In a move harkening back to wartime Victory Gardens, food pantries around Pittsburgh could soon get fresh produce from an Allegheny County Park. County Executive Dan Onorato has proposed a program called Allegheny FarmCorps that would employ a couple part-time workers to cultivate two acres at Round Hill Park in the southeast corner of the county. County Executive Dan Onorato says it would quote "bolster Allegheny County's agricultural sector by raising awareness of the economic and environmental benefits of local food production." The park is already well-prepared for this kind of endeavor. It's the site of an old working farm donated to the county and opened for visitors in 1968. County workers now tend cows, pigs, and retired police horses. School groups, and others are free to visit the pens and pastures. You can see videos of Allegheny County's Round Hill Park and Exhibit Farm by visiting The Allegheny Front's facebook page.