Monthly Archives: May 2011

Full Spring Ahead

Kale…..mesclun mix…..beets….grapes…..strawberries…rasberries…..lavender…..lemon balm….bamboo…..beans….sage…motherwort….peppermint….catmint…rhubarb….comfrey….mullein….rue….red roses….rosemary……oregano….mugwort….asparagus….okra….apples…..peaches….

What do they have in common?

They are all growing tremendously at Healcrest Urban Farm in Garfield Heights, Pittsburgh!!

Spicy Salad Mix with Arugula, Cilantro and tender lettuces

Kale, getting ready for a thinning so it can have space!
Bamboo Leaf Harvest #1

We have several projects happening at Healcrest: Fence repair, compost application around fruit trees and grape vine, seedling transplants, tilling, and mulching!

This Saturday, May 14th we will have some great volunteers out from 9am-1pm! Please try and join us for some outdoor gardening at your local organic farm – there is major spring prep to be done and all are welcome!
We have two great pieces of news for our followers as well…..
We are partnering with a local flower grower, who will be growing on one of our spots at Healcrest this year! I will get more information on their business and do a blog post to let everyone know!
Also we have brought on a garden support person, Ms Annie Derek. She will be helping me out with some general maintenance and care of the farm, we get along smashingly and Negus Tafari loves her as well! I will also do a blog post on Ms Annie as well, once we get some pics of her!
Finally, we plan to sell a lot of our herbs wholesale/bulk on the website and to increase our overall web and community presence around the value-added products created from the luscious herbs on the farm. Healcrest is focused on these spectacular products and less on food production – if you want to eat our produce you have to put some back labor into volunteer time! You can support us best by purchasing your herbal, natural wellness products at or at!
We hope to see people out on Saturday for the volunteer day – coffee and healthy snacks on us!

Happy Earthstrong Lalibella!!

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