Monthly Archives: February 2013

ANNOUNCING! The Healcrest Urban Farm Tea-pop Shop!


ANNOUNCING! The Healcrest Tea-pop Shop!

ImageLast year Maria Graziani had an inspired idea, what if we combine tea, herbs, fruit, berries, and delicious sweetness in a frozen treat. After some tasty and not-so tasty experimentation Healcrest tea-pops were created. With growing interest in healthy treats, artisanal food, and locally grown produce, things we love in great quantities at Healcrest, we thought what a wonderful novelty item for Pittsburghers to enjoy this coming summer.

Well, WE DID IT!

ImageWe are ecstatic and elated to announce the arrival of the Healcrest Urban Farm cold-plate push cart! With the help from friends and supporters at Awesome Pittsburgh, CatapultPGH and KivaZip Micro-Lending, we made the BIG acquisition. You will recognize it as your standard ice cream or Italian ice cart, locate us by umbrella at your favorite event!

Try all of our seasonal flavors!

Please follow more of this story and watch Healcrest in the NEWS on Pittsburgh’s KDKA and in The Bloomfield-Garfield Bulletin

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Healcrest Urban Herbals at Your Service! Tea-pops, Tisane, and Tea Service in Fact


Whether Rain or Shine, at Healcrest It’s Always Teatime!!

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Now we’ve made it even easier to bring our delicious, specially brewed hot and cold tea to YOU, for your enjoyment, at any event, anytime! You’ve enjoyed our hot and cold tea samples at every event. Now delight as you enjoy a FULL cup of our hand-crafted, locally-grown herbal blends!

Whether you enjoy hoImaget Coconut Green Chai or Everyday Iced Tea….not Ice-TImage

… Iced Tea! Brewed just the way you like to enjoy it, smooth, hot, warming, cold, refreshing, and ready to enjoy when you want it!!

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FIND US AT A MARKET NEAR YOU! Come say hello, Meet, Drink, Be Merry!

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Looking Forward to Sunnier Skies!!


SUN + WATER = LIFE

Our little hill in Garfield is in the perfect spot to soak up the glorious sun. On a clear day, you can see open skies and Pittsburgh’s East End for miles. With resources in abundance the natural forest and wild plant growth has taken over.

So it is our longtime desired project to begin some forest maintenance and tree felling. A daunting task when standing in the shadow of a century old Maple wondering how do you cut down something so HUGE.

We have several areas to work with in the long term and a few specific areas of immediate focus, small stands of Black Locust shading out the rowed herb garden, and the raised bed garden; and the BIGGEST shade producer, the Maple.

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Resources and connections blessedly show up when we need them most and with the help of Jason Boone of Urban Tree LLC, Josiah Leisher of Leisher Landscapes, and a little side support from G-Tech……..TIMMBBEEEEEEEEEEEEEERRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sustainable tree reclamation and land-use management, along with mutually beneficial collaborations will surely make for BRIGHT and SUNNIER skies this season!

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Internships Available


Urban Farm Internships at Healcrest!

We are always looking for dedicated interns to work and grow in their gardening skills at Healcrest. Interns willing to build skills 20 hours per week with Healcrest are offered free room and board on the farm. Eligibility for the Internship requires the following:

1. Sending us an email: healcresturbanfarm@gmail.com

2. Describe your interest in interning with us

3. Provide us with a summary of your skills in farming & working with medicinal herbs

4. Attach your current resume with 3 references provided.

5. Like us on Facebook and Twitter!

6. You MUST be willing to provide 20 hours of service to Healcrest to receive

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