Talking Lots!

Talking Lots is a podcast series that explores the issue of vacant lots in the Pittsburgh region. We present stories of vacant land restoration and activation as told through the voices of residents, community leaders, partners, and officials. Vacant lots are often overlooked but these stories prove that beautiful things can happen when we take care of the land that surrounds us.

Episode 1

In this interview, social worker, urban farmer, and community activist, Lisa Freeman, discusses her vision for vacant land in her neighborhood. Lisa describes how she transformed a neglected vacant lot into the  Manchester Growing Together Farm and Freeman Family Farms, providing fresh produce, a safe haven, and training opportunities to her community.

Listen to Lisa’s interview on Talking Lots. You can also learn more about Lisa’s urban farm in her blog post feature!

Episode 2

In this episode, we sit down with Angela Williams to discuss her experience with her green space project, the Star Meditation Garden, and her years of community involvement. Angela shares how to be a meaningful community partner and what keeps her grounded as she continues to advocate for her neighborhood.