About the Youth Farm Program
Serving as a vehicle for youth education and development, the Youth Farm at Hilltop Urban Farm engages school-aged children from the Hilltop communities with food production and teamwork. Partnering with the Pittsburgh Arlington School, Lighthouse Cathedral, and the New Academy Charter School, the Youth Farm acts as a living agricultural and ecological laboratory for children. It promotes the teaching of Nutrition & Cooking, Growing Food, Local Food Systems, Agriculture as a Career Pathway, and Ecology of Western Pennsylvania through the lens of urban farming with the support of program partners Penn State Extension, Allegheny Land Trust Education Department, Power Up, and Grow Pittsburgh.
All elements of the Youth Farm are visually appealing, colorful, child-friendly and scaled to size. Children can expect to learn, play and interact among raised bed growing areas, youth gardens, a youth orchard and a youth food forest.
"We have to bring children into a new relationship to food that connects them to culture and agriculture."
- Alice Waters
2019 After School Program
Eligibility: Students who are enrolled at the Pittsburgh Arlington PreK-8 School are eligible for this After School program.
The one-acre Youth Farm at Hilltop Urban Farm is offering a Fall after school program for Pittsburgh Arlington PreK-8 students. After school activities focus on farm/garden themes and integrate STEM lessons. Students will learn where food comes from, how to grow food, how to harvest food, and cook healthy meals.
Fall Program Dates: 9/9, 9/11, 9/16, 9/18, 9/23, 9/25, 10/2, 10/7, 10/16, 10/21, 10/23, 10/28, 10/30
Frequently Asked Questions
When is the after school program at Hilltop Urban Farm?
The after school program at the Youth Farm at Hilltop Urban Farm will be hosted every Monday and Wednesday in September 2019, October 2019, April 2020 and May 2020 from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm.
Where is Hilltop Urban Farm located?
Hilltop Urban Farm is located at 700 Cresswell Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15210, directly across Mountain Avenue from the Pittsburgh Arlington PreK-8 School, just up the hill from the school playground.
How will students get to the farm?
Students will meet the Director of Farm Programs, Ned Brockmeyer, at the crosswalk on Mountain Avenue by the school playground and be escorted across Mountain Avenue to Hilltop Urban Farm. Students will always be escorted by an adult across the busy Mountain Avenue crosswalk to ensure their safety.
What happens if it rains?
In the case of a rain event, the after school program will move indoors. The program has indoor activities, including painting, workshops and garden reading to get students through a storm.
What will my child learn at this program?
Your child will learn what it is like to be a real farmer. Students will learn how to grow and care for fruits and vegetables, learn about sustainable systems on the farm and their local ecology. Nutrition education and cooking workshops are tailored to each age group so workshops are age appropriate.
What should my child wear to the farm and what can they bring with them?
Your child should wear closed toed shoes, pants/shorts, or a t-shirt that they don’t mind getting dirty. We will provide water, sun hats and sunscreen to all students while they are at Hilltop Urban Farm. The farm team will provide all after school snacks to limit the chances of allergic reactions.
My child has allergies.
Students are required to disclose any allergies. There are beehives at Hilltop Urban Farm. Please let us know if your student is allergic to bees or carries an EpiPen.
Why is the gate to Hilltop Urban Farm locked during the after school program?
Hilltop Urban Farm is required to keep the property gates closed and locked at all times. Keeping the property gates locked also ensures student safety. All adults, staff and program participants at Hilltop Urban Farm are required to have child clearances.
Who is staffing the after school program?
The Director of Farm Programs, Ned Brockmeyer, will run the Hilltop Urban Farm after school program. Ned has obtained child clearances, and has completed Adult and Pediatric CPR and First Aid training. Ned will occasionally be assisted by local educational partners who all have their child clearances.
If there are any further questions, please email Ned Brockmeyer, Director of Farm Programs at Hilltop Urban Farm, at Ned@HilltopUrbanFarm.org. Thank you!