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Weed Control for Smaller Growers [CRAFT]

June 4, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

As we enter the height of the production season, one of the most time-consuming (and frustrating) aspects of farming is weed control. As small scale growers we face the duel challenges of intensive plantings and limited tools of mechanized weed control.

Come learn about strategies to prevent weeds in the first place and tools to handle them when they inevitably happen. We will be discussing prevention strategies such as mulching (Both paper and plastic), stale seed bedding, flame weeding, and staggered planting as well as control tools such as hand pulling and hoeing. Finally, we will discuss the challenges that Garfield Community Farm has had with controlling Japanese knotweed.


John Creasy, Garfield Community Farm: Rev. John Creasy is the Associate Pastor at The Open Door Church, a missional church community that worships at the Bloomfield Garfield Activity Center in Garfield. John is the founder of Garfield Farm and the Farm Director. John has loved the steep learning curve of becoming an urban farmer, using permaculture design, and learning to engage the community. John lives with his family a mile from the farm in Stanton Heights where they practice permaculture in their 90 year old home with rainwater collection, solar power, off grid heating and a large backyard garden.

Nick Lubecki, Braddock Farm Manager, Grow Pittsburgh: Nick Lubecki started his first vegetable farm in 2012 in the Stanton Heights neighborhood of Pittsburgh. He ran his small farm businesses, Butter Hill Farm, which sold vegetables to farm markets, CSA and restaurants on two acres until 2015. He began working at Grow Pittsburgh in 2016 managing Shiloh Farm, a small intensive urban farm, as well as the Frick Greenhouse. In 2018 he began managing Braddock Farm, a one acre urban farm which aims to produce affordable food to sell in Braddock while teaching people how to grow vegetables.

Hanna Mosca, Frick Greenhouse and Shiloh Farm Manager, Grow Pittsburgh: Hanna Mosca has been teaching educational programming on urban farms for 10 years. She is the Frick Greenhouse & Shiloh Farm Manager for Grow Pittsburgh where she manages an annual seedling sale and a weekly farm stand throughout the summer selling vegetables, fruit and herbs. She moved to Pittsburgh in 2012 for Chatham University’s Master of Food Studies program, where she concentrated on urban agriculture education and food access issues. In undergrad she studied Social Justice, Sustainability Studies, and Gender, Women, Sexuality Studies focusing on food justice.

Additional information

  • This is a CRAFT workshop. CRAFT workshops are designed for beginning and aspiring farmers, but all are welcome.
  • This event qualifies for one SmartStart credits through AgChoice Farm Credit. SmartStart allows young and beginning farmers to earn credits toward a reduced interest rate on a new AgChoice loan by attending educational events.


Take a look at our frequently asked questions about our workshops and events. Otherwise, please contact this event’s coordinator, Dan Dalton, by email at dan@pasafarming.org or by phone at (814) 349-9856 x710.


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Date: Tue, June 4, 2019

Time: 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Location: Garfield Community Farm
509 Wicklow St
Pittsburgh, PA 15224

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Event Category: PASA Events