Programming

Help Us Connect to More People

Who We Are:

Farm to Table Buy Local is a 501c3 non profit that promotes healthy and locally grown food and is the Buy Fresh Buy Local consumer brand for the 30 counties of Western Pennsylvania. Our programs provide opportunities for consumers to connect to farms and local food/beverage producers. Our 15th Annual Farm to Table Expo will be held at the 40th Annual Pittsburgh Home & Garden Show from March 4-13, 2022.

Farm to Table provides ongoing business contracting and networking opportunities throughout the region for farms and food businesses. The initiative encourages food producers and retailers to utilize locally sourced products.

Farm to Table provides assistance for food deliveries, cooking clubs, and innovative food partnerships throughout the region. We work with non profits, community organizations, community gardens, urban farms, rural communities, and affordable housing senior and family sites.

Farm to Table Buy Local Community Outreach & Media Assets:

32,000+ Email Newsletter

20,860+ Facebook Fans

11,440+ Twitter Followers

5,310+ Instagram Followers

1,880+ LinkedIn Connections

350,000+ Event Attendance

60,000+ Farm to Table Local Food Guide Reach

3,600+ Sessions per month Farm to Table Website 

55,000+ Sessions on the Farm to Table blog

Community Gardens:

Community gardens are an essential part of access to healthy, fresh food. Gardens are planned based on necessary soil remediation, seasonality, tastes of residents, and engagement with community. Farm to Table Buy Local works with 25+ community gardens and urban farms throughout Western PA.

We obtain funding for infrastructure costs such as plumbing for running water, stormwater diversion, compost, raised beds, soil, solar panels, fencing, and more.

Grant writing efforts are ongoing to obtain funding from the United States Department of Agriculture, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, and others.

Organizations can sponsor a community garden for as little as $1,000 per year. Farm to Table staff assists the gardens to obtain locally grown plant material, compost, tools, and other items necessary to maintain the plants.


Food Resource Sponsorship:

The Food Coordination Program increases access to fresh food and locally prepared meals. 

Since the first month of the pandemic, Farm to Table staff has made food deliveries for 412 Food Rescue, food banks, and USDA food boxes. Deliveries are all door-to-door in public housing sites and to other community organizations who serve low income families and seniors who are food insecure.

Cooking Clubs provide on-site instruction for cooking skills, food safety, food preservation, and food storage. The Cooking Club is initially staffed by Farm to Table Buy Local Food Coordinators. On-site residents are hired to provide program support on an on-going basis.

A sponsorship of $5,000 provides food coordination services for a senior high rise building for 6 months.

 

Western PA Local Food Guide Advertising:

Print Edition and Online Directory:

Specialized guides featuring CSA listings, farmers markets, U pick farms, and food bank locations are published in conjunction with media partners such as Pittsburgh City Paper, Pittsburgh Magazine, and Table Magazine.

Circulation varies according to each media outlet and the guides are distributed via mail and event attendance to individuals, tourism bureaus, retailers, farmers markets, farm stands, etc. 

The Western PA Local Food Guide is searchable and available for download on an on-going basis.

Advertise in the 2022 Western PA Local Food Guide: 

• Listings are free for farms, farmers markets, etc.

Marketing Campaign Sponsorship:


 

– 1 month marketing campaign: $15,000

• 1 Blog post

• 2 Inclusions in E-blast

• 8 Inclusions in social media posts 

• 4 Sponsored posts on social media platforms

• 1 Farm to Table Connections Lunch & Learn on site (food and beverage not provided)

– 12 month marketing campaign: $150,000

• 1 Full page ad in Western PA Local Food Guide

• 4 Blog Posts

• 6 Inclusions in E-blasts

• 32 Inclusions in social media posts

• 16 Sponsored posts on social media platforms

• Monthly “Eat Local” customized webinars

15th Farm to Table Local Food Expo:

Buy Fresh Buy Local celebrates the region’s locally grown and produced food and beverages! Exhibitors sample and sell products. The Buy Fresh Buy Local stage features cooking demonstrations, gardening and farming education, and kids activities. Sponsorships start at $5,000. 

Help us bring quality programming to Pittsburgh’s largest consumer event!

Kids Programming:

Farm to Table Buy Local designs programming for teachers and students to learn where their food comes from and how nutrition can positively affect their education career. Kids love to try new foods and learn how to “Keep it Real, Keep it Local.”

Sponsor an assembly: $350/school

Contact Us:

Erin Hart – Executive Director

Phone: 412-657-3028

Email: ehart@american-healthcare.net

Seppi Grugan – Food Coordinator

Phone: 814-215-4717

Email: seppi@farmtotable.com

Carla Clipper – Event Manager

Phone: 412-443-4435

Email: carla@farmtotable.com

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