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Weed Control for Small Farms [CRAFT]

June 4, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm


Small-scale growers face the duel challenges of intensively planting their crops and having limited access to mechanized weed control tools suitable for their operation.

At this CRAFT workshop for aspiring and beginning farmers, we’ll review strategies for both preventing weeds—such as paper and plastic mulching, stale seed bedding, flame weeding, and staggered planting—and controlling weeds when they inevitably happen.

We’ll also learn how Garfield Community Farm is working to manage Japanese knotweed, an invasive and vigorous plant that thrives in disturbed soils. 


John Creasy, Garfield Community Farm: John is the founder and farm director of Garfield Farm. 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 maintaining 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. 

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 credit 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: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

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

Cost: Free

Event Category: Pasa Events