Grounded Holiday Party: A Merry Gnorman Holiday

Please join the Grounded Strategies team for our annual holiday party, A Merry Gnorman Holiday! Come meet our loveable mascot, Gnorman, a friendly folk character who prides himself on maintaining beautiful green spaces! The holiday party will feature food, drinks, live music, and more! If you are having issues registering please call 412.361.2099   Thanks to our Sponsors who have made A Merry Gnorman Holiday possible! Excavator Level Sponsorship                      …

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Community Keystones

Blog by Sean Cuff, Policy Fellow In early August, I interviewed CommunityCare Steward and long-time Larimer resident Tab Duckett outside his adopted lots near Thompson and Joseph Streets. He and his lawnmower have been fixtures of the community, and represent the outsized role neighbors have had to take on to keep their blocks maintained. He was born and raised in the neighborhood. In between at least ten horn honks, waves, and “hey there’s” with passersby, we talked about how the…

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Work Day @ Morning Star Baptist Church-Hazelwood!

Come join the Grounded team as we work alongside TMC-Pittsburgh's Hazelwood Platoon to finalize our year-long effort at The Morning Star Baptist Church! We will be completing the revitalization of the once-vacant lot next to the church before the weather gets too cold. Our goal is to do some planting, complete the youth activity area, and remove any trash and refuse from inside and outside of the church. Please come dressed in clothes you would not mind getting dirty! All…

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Allegheny Mountains Lot Refresh

Join us for a workday in the Northside at Allegheny Mountains Lot at the intersection of California Avenue and Benton Avenue! This lot was damaged and needs repair so we are asking for volunteers to join us in restoring it to its former glory. As a part of the Grounded Strategies team, we will be getting our hands dirty with weeding, mulching, and general site refresh. Come ready to work in warm or cool weather. To sign up, please email…

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Grounded in The Art Trap

The Art Trap: Trap + Paint is a monthly event curated by our Project Associate Kuwame Kinsel. In July, with support from Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, he presented it to over 120 patrons at the seasonal Cultural Trust Gallery Crawl. The goal of Art Trap to bring individuals from various social, economic, and cultural backgrounds together to create a safe space powered by art, culture, and entertainment. While out in the field, Kuwame noticed a trend of communities lacking self-care or…

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Permaculture Design: Ecological Solutions to Planetary Problems

For the purposes of sorting out the issues our world currently faces and quelling the fires which threaten to consume us there is one system of ethics that seems particularly well suited. This system, developed from the synthesis of indigenous wisdom about Earth systems and modern best practices in the management of human populations is called Permaculture. Coined by Bill Mollison, the term permaculture is a combination of the words permanent and agriculture (or culture). However, it is an approach…

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