Neighborhood Stories: Hilltop Urban Farm


A large farm being created in the midst of a city does make one turn their head, as does Hilltop Urban Farm, at 107 acres, in the south Pittsburgh neighborhood of St. Clair. It is the largest urban farm in the country, training young people to become farmers and quadrupling food production in the City of Pittsburgh.

St. Clair, on a hilltop above the South Side, was at one time made up of small farms. After World War II, facing a need for more housing, the Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh created a large housing development, St. Clair Village, containing 70 buildings housing over 1,000 people.

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