Hydroponic garden planned for Homestead youth

JUL 10 2017

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...The garden, to be called the Steel Valley Food Project, would allow vegetables to be grown year-round, even in winter, Mr. Voelker said.

The produce will be sold to the Voodoo Brewery locations and other restaurants in Allegheny County, he said. Depending on how much produce is grown, some may also be donated to food banks.

Children in grades K-12 could work on the project, he said, adding, “It would be wonderful to empower them.”


Bost   The Bost Building, built in 1892, was AA union headquarters during the Homestead Strike that year, and today is a National Historic Landmark and museum of the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area

More about Homestead, PA:

 The area on the south bank of the Monongahela River now comprising the boroughs of Homestead, Munhall and West Homestead saw the first white settlers arrive in the 1770s. One hundred years later, much of the existing farmland on the flats and hillsides by the river was purchased, laid out in lots and sold by local banks and land owners to create the town of Homestead. The town was chartered in 1880. The building of a railroad, glass factory, and in 1881 the first iron mill began a period of rapid growth and prosperity. In 1883, Andrew Carnegie bought out Homestead Steel Works, adding it to his empire of steel and coke enterprises. Carnegie had recently acquired a controlling interest in Henry Clay Frick's coke works on the Monongahela, setting the stage for the dramatic labor clash in Homestead.

A few remnants of the steel works were not destroyed.  Today the land is home to The Waterfront shopping center Screen Shot 2017 07 10 At 5.57.51 Pm (photo by Continental Real-estate.)

and Sandcastle WaterparkScreen Shot 2017 07 10 At 5.55.02 Pm


The Great Allegheny Passage ® (GAP) rail-trail offers 150 miles of hiking and biking from Cumberland MD to Pittsburgh,PA.


P.O. Box 228
Homestead, PA 15120