Jen Lazzaro and Fin
Founder, Owner, Operator
For Jen; gardening became second nature to her after growing up with several acres of vegetable gardens and fruit trees in her backyard. Inspired by the gardens of her grandparents, Italian immigrants who carved out and cared for their own patches of soil, she was determined to carry on that passion for growing. Emboldened by her family’s agricultural background, Jen’s personal journey began caretaking for a small plot in a burgeoning community garden in 1998, growing and cultivating her grandfather’s saved seeds. From there, Jen immersed herself with opportunities to grow and learn, honing her craft from organic farms in the high deserts of New Mexico, to a specialty hellebore nursery in southern Appalachia. While travelling for many years, one thing remained constant; there was a thriving garden that followed every place she had lived or stayed.
Jen returned to Pittsburgh in 2010, looking to combine her hands-on experience with more traditional forms of education. In 2011, she completed her Permaculture Design Certification through Phipps Conservatory; in 2013 she became a certified Master Gardener, which is when she began pursuing more individualized and stylized landscaping and gardening work. In 2014 Dirt Landscape Collective’s inaugural year, Jen began to actualize her dreams and vision! She is still growing her grandfather’s tomato seeds! In her spare time, Jen enjoys the pursuits of nature, birding, boating and camping!