Newsmaker: Julie Butcher Pezzino |

Newsmaker: Julie Butcher Pezzino

Julie Butcher Pezzino

Age : 29

Family : Husband, Andrew Butcher

Residence : Regent Square

Hobbies : Karate, hiking, cooking

Background: Pezzino, a native of Upstate New York, moved to Pittsburgh last year to work as executive director of Grow Pittsburgh, a Garfield-based nonprofit organization dedicated to demonstrating, teaching and promoting responsible urban food production.

Noteworthy : This summer, Grow Pittsburgh doubled the size of Braddock Farms and began the City Growers program, which sponsored new community farms in Lawrenceville, Uptown, McKees Rocks and Millvale. The group is working with Allegheny County’s Allegheny Grows program, which assists communities in using vacant properties as urban gardens and farms.

Quote : “It is such an exciting time to be in this role at Grow Pittsburgh as interest in urban agriculture increases and innovative ideas for healthy local food are developing.”

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