Monthly Archives: June 2010

Healcrest Promo

So this small and positive clip was produced as a sneak peak at our upcoming promo video. Enjoy the vibes fans and please remember to subscribe to our blog so that you can receive updates on the Rootz at Sundown Reggae Festival and our farm markets starting in July!!

Healcrest Promo

Rootz at Sundown

Reggae and Urban Farming Festival

Saturday, July 17, 2010


Live reggae performances by Pittsburgh’s finest

Man in the Street

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With special guests from the Rootz & Culture scene in New York

African Drumming

Garden Tours


Vegan Caribbean Buffet!

Suggested Individual Donation $10

Suggested Family Donation $20 (3 or more)

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Vital Mother Moon & the Blog of Fun!!!!

Vital Mother Moon is the product company of Healcrest Urban Farm. We use the herbs on the farm to infuse into our carrier oils for each body care product. And we make our herbal healing teas from70% of the herbs grown on Healcrest Urban Farm. You got it, local, natural healing for body and soul!

So we sell on etsy and at our new website which is now fully up and running!

And we often get requests to do samples and product reviews so that people on social media sites, blog followers, blog writers, e-commerce customers, etc. can know about, try and tweet about our handmade products and the important work of Healcrest Urban Farm

So a lovely supporter of Handmade Ms. Sarah Coulsey asked if I would share some of my products with her and she would blog her more than 600 followers about them and also get people to support both her super cool blog and  our product company by providing a giveaway.

Check out Sarah’s blog and if you also want to try some of our product just follow her instructions and enter to win!

Thank you all who check out our blog and have subscribed to receive the email blog blasts!! We hope you can continue to support Healcrest Urban Farm through your e-contact and as a customer of Vital Mother Moon

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Garden Sage in Full Bloom at Healcrest Urban Farm

So as many of you may know, I am a certified Herbalist. I was trained from 2002-2004 through various internships on local farms, an apprenticeship with Sage Mountain Herbal School and years of study with my own herbal gardens before and with Healcrest Urban Farms. Hence why our name is Healcrest.

So we grow many medicinal and culinary herbs at Healcrest Urban Farms and I harvest, dry and make them into healing natural skin care products primarily for women and babies. The product company if you don’t know is called, Vital Mother Moon and we now have our own website for that company

Each and every product is made in small batches, using the finest carrier oils, amazing smelling high quality essential oils, natural preservatives like Vitamin E and grapefruit seed extract. No parabens, pretroleums, chemicals, etc.!! All that and the herbs are grown right here in Pittsburgh.

So we are doing now some serious herb harvesting and it is quite beautiful and luscious on the farm with all the rain and sun. I wanted to share some pics of our herbs and tell you a little more about how the products are made.

This one of many Lemon Balm (Melissa Officinalis) plants in the gardens. This is one of the biggest and it has decided this  year to multiply itself triple fold – so we have some serious harvesting to do and lots of dried lemon balm for our markets, products and online customers!!

Lavender Harvest

This is the lavender being harvested. We hang dry it in greenhouse and braid some into lavender wands. Then the flowers are shucked from their stems and stored in dark glass jars until we need them to soak in the carrier oils, or stuff into our healing heat packs!!

Oregano and Basil in background

Here we are harvesting Greek Oregano and it is sitting in greenhouse waiting to be tied up. In the background is our basil plants ready to be put in – we are planting over 30 plants – so lots of basil for your pesto’s this year and dried basil for year round enjoyment.

Finally we have Miss Ella here, planting out the native medicinal herb garden. She supported Healcrest by getting from Sylvania Natives lesser-known but potent herbs like Bee Balm, Boneset and Gentian to plant in our native medicinal plot that opens up to the big garden at Healcrest. This garden also has lavender, a massive garden sage (right in front of Ella), daisies and another Lemon Balm.

Ella in the herb garden


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Volunteer Giveaway will leave you Breathless!!!

So local growing is in the height of its busy time, getting seedlings in the ground, starting new seedlings, keeping the plants watered, planting new fruit trees, clearing new garden spaces, weeding, nourishing and finally…. picking – herbs, strawberries, rasberries and soon greens!!

We want all those who have been interested in volunteering to fulfill that promise to themselves and get out to their local urban east-end Healcrest Urban Farm and spend 2 hours supporting local food – and enjoying the beautiful land, the butterflies nesting in the milkweed, the blooming lavender, the warm sun on their skin!! So many benefits to spending time here.

So here it goes………..

The first person to contact me via email and schedule their two hour volunteer time will win this super squeaky clean gift basket of handmade, all-natural, super delicious soaps made from the hands of Breathless Beauty!!

Dawn, of Breathless Beauty is an avid handmade artisan and has been making soaps, butters, and so much more for the past 11 years! She makes all the soaps in small batches, using the finest carrier oils, herbs for medicinal value, and high quality essential oils for a soap that will be nutrient, cleansing and make you smell amazing!

This basket is filled with 5 great full-size bars:

Real Momma Times – infused with a healing herb mix fenugreek, anise seed, blessed thistle, nettle leaf and marshmallow root, great for mamas of all kinds!

Soft Skin Please –  olive oil, coconut oil,  cocoa butter, comfrey root powder and essential oils.

Walnut Brownie – cocoa powder and crused walnut shells in a pure olive oil base

Cloveberry – essential oil of clove mingles with exfoliating strawberry seeds and a wonderful vegetable soap base

Sq-uean Shampoo Bar – carrot infused with rosemary

By the way…you can find Breathless Beauty at and take care of all your sudsy needs!

This basket retails at $29.50 – so its like getting paid to do your volunteer work! Pretty nice deal!

So back to how you get this basket:

Email us at

Tell us which volunteer slot you would like:

Saturday, June 5th at 12noon-2pm -yes that is tomorrow!! If you pick this one you can come to a free event at Healcrest too – double wammie!!

Thursday, June 10th at 5:30-7:30pm

Sunday June 13th 9:30-11:30am

And finally – show up for volunteer slot and the basket will be waiting for you…Along with the work!!

We look forward to receiving your responses and if you don’t win…I won’t let you now until you get here! (But we will have fresh rasberries and herbs and cool water as a consolation prize!!!!)


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