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Kick Off May with these Wonderful Events!

Kick Off May with these Wonderful Events!

We’ve been busy at Healcrest. The season is moving with exciting momentum! Come and visit us!

This Friday night, taste some Burgh neighborhood nightlife along with delicious food and fantastic arts. At the block of Penn and N. Pacific, the street transforms itself to a fun street bazaar, where all are welcome. The Garfield Night Market is back! Come and let Dana and Maria serve you cups of tea and TeaPops at 6pm!

On Saturday we continue a festive tradition of May Fair! Bring the whole family for May-Pole Dancing, Crafts, Entertainment, and of course Refreshments! Join us at The Pittsburgh Waldorf School in Friendship for Spring family festivities from 11-4pm!

Cap off the weekend on Sunday for volunteer days at the Farm! Join Meg and Michelle in the Gardens at 11am-4pm for some hands on Healcrest Farm!

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May 1, 2014 · 3:23 pm

Healcrest Winter Retreat

Happy Winter Holidays everyone out there! Its been a snowy December so far and we are busy bees right now at Healcrest filling holiday orders, taking care of our little hens and keeping our little corner of the world in order over the winter months. 



If you havent heard, Healcrest successfully entered an incubator program this November! The Idea Foundry Intersector Program will provide us with 3-4 months of business development support and we are utilizing that time to build new internal structures for farm and product management! We look for 2014 to be a great year for getting Teapops, Teas and a few other choice quality herb-based edibles into your lives! We believe strongly in the quality of our products coming out of Healcrest and are excited to get them into the world. If you have a store, a cafe or somewhere special you would like to see our Teapops or Teas, please dont hesitate to drop us a line!

On that note, the budding partners of Healcrest Urban Farm decided to take some time to  build up on our relationships and plan for the coming year by celebrating and working deep in nature. We headed this past weekend to Cook’s Forest for some wintry walks, warm cabin work time and delicious shared meals! In building up a social enterprise that believes in the triple-bottom line of people, planet and profits – we are working to ensure that our values match our business identity and that each move, as we grow, reflects our commitment to the original Garfield lots we sit on and the greater health and wellness of the people we serve everywhere.






Thank you for watching our moves out there and supporting our continued work to bring quality, local foods, urban lot sustainability and community-engagement around food and health! 

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Healcrest Urban Farm Wish List

Healcrest Urban Farm Wish List

Hi Friends! ‘Tis the Season of Giving and Did You Know Healcrest Urban Farm Has a WISH LIST?! If you want to support our efforts we will LOVE you forever!
View our wishlist here

front loader
wheel barrow X2
rain barrels
chicken feed
rakes – all kinds
tall ladder
shed organizers
cherry pickers X2
hedge clippers
hand trimmers
8’ black mesh fencing
pond liner

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December 12, 2013 · 4:08 pm

Volunteer at the Farm

Volunteer at the Farm

Join us for local beer, wine, pizza & Teapops!!

Volunteer Days at the Farm
Come enjoy some of our local favorites, Spak Bros. Pizza, and Growlers of East End Brew, in our lovely gardens!

SUNS 4-7pm 7/14, 7/21, 8/4, 8/25 and
WEDS 5-7:30pm 7/17, 8/14, 8/28

Bring water to drink, wear clothes to get dirty in, and we suggest covered shoes

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July 11, 2013 · 12:55 pm

Join Us For I Made It! Jr. & Healthy Living

Join Us For I Made It! Jr. & Healthy Living

Join us this Saturday, April 20th (Earth Day) for I Made It! Jr & Healthy Living at Bakery Square from 12 – 4 pm.

Healcrest will be there with our delicious teas for drinking and taking home. And coming out to play once again the tantalizing Tea-Pop Shop!

Apple Butter
Coconut Chai
Cherry Vanilla Smoother
Black MinTea Fudge Pop
Gentle Herbal Berry
Everyday Tea+ Pear Lavender

I Made It! Jr. pops back into Bakery Square on Saturday, April 20th from 12 – 4 pm for a market filled with lovelies made for our littlest friends and family members. Find clothing, accessories, art prints, toys, plush, cards, backpacks, gift items, and more all locally crafted and handmade.

This event also features healthy living options including natural bath and body products, beautiful ceramic kitchenware, repurposed and green housewares, organic clothing, vegan baked goods and more. Learn more and meet our artists at

I Made It! Market Links:
IMI Jr./Healthy FB Event Link:
Twitter: #imi #imadeitmarket

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April 19, 2013 · 4:47 pm

Looking Forward to Sunnier Skies!!


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.


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:

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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When the sun gets hot and the moon gets hazy Good girls go bad


Summer rainbow over our pot of gold!

And we mean BAAADDDAAASSS!!!!

Us over here in the Garfield neighborhood of Pittsburgh have been working tail to head on our gardens. By the end of this post we have harvest 5lbs of rasberries, 2 quarts or more of gigantic sweet blackberries, lavender, chocolate mint, peppermint, spearmint and we are just getting started!!!

Because of our good friends Jen and Jon – we have bees buzzing in their lovely hives, drinking up water and pollinating our crops! Apples and grapes are growing well this year and everything is in bloom!

Can’t wait for greenhouse tomatoes, celery, strawberries, okra, watermelon and fresh in the raised beds – swiss chard, summer squashes, more tomatoes,macha, sweet peppers and more! You can see we are over the hazy moon here at Healcrest!


Dried Lavender for final inspection

Dana, fresh off the job market – is taken her hours to cultivate Healcrest and get orders out on Etsy! If your a loyal Etsyian – feel free to email us or ask any question – we will surely answer you as swift as we can.

Remember to check out our products on Etsy

We planted brand new gardens to increase the amount of medicinal and culinary herbs we produce for our products and eventually for bulk sale. On our list now:

Lavender           Calendula

Borage             Bee Balm

Red Clover       Lemon Verbena

Rosemary        Sage

Chocolate Min   Mountain Mint

Spearmint       CatMint

CatNip             Motherwort

Mugwort         Mullein

Lemon Balm   Rugosa Rose

Rasberry Leaf  Blackberry Leaf

Bamboo Leaf   Chamomile

Chaste Berry   Nettles


And the amounts we have of this will just expand each year! Now please enjoy the pictures as they tell the 1000 words better than I ever could!


May Red Clover Harvest with toddler farmer


Mint, Lavender, Mullein and Greenhouse!

First summer harvest of herbs

Brand new herb garden being irrigated

Into the dryer the red clover goes!

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Well, we missed a September blogpost…but no there is a lot going on here and its the right time to discuss it with our fans and followers!

Our Kickstarter campaign is running strong. We encourage everyone to donate even a little bit towards the campaign and we are meditating like heaven that a large backer who loves Pittsburgh and urban farming and ultra-pure products and vacant land restoration and green space will come along and give us 50% of what we need – or maybe even 100%!! Please check out the great little video about the farm and consider backing

And the other big news…is that as the world gets to know our little tiny space in Pittsburgh, our product line is growing. Each year at Healcrest the space we have cultivated for herb production increases and the amount of product we can output increases. That in addition to serving more than just women – but the families they love and nourish – we have been expanding our line to include men and children in all capacities – from body care to internal wellness and whole food supplements. Also, in seeking to better align the products with the work and activity of Healcrest, we are making a name change to: The Healing Moon. 

With Healing at our root and the moon as our evening guidance and the symbol of the female we continue on to nurture women and to include their loved ones in the people who can find health and wholeness in natural beauty and medicine.

Our Etsy site will redirect at either the Vital Mother Moon, VitalMoon or TheHealingMoon handle and in the next few months you will find a completely new and exciting website that has Healcrest, our blog, our info and The Healing Moon products and info in a 1-stop shop! Look out people!

So take care in the cold everyone, think of green grass, beautiful flowers and warming sun as we approach our introspective winter!

Looking forward!




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Growing Along

Here are some great new pics of spring time on the Farm….enjoy the photo blogpost!

Young farmer trodding on the path……








Its spring time on the farm now







The Sprouts are coming up



Yes the are….






Sugar Snap Peas ready to climb





Sugar baby & mama having a time!




Remember followers, friends and neighbors…..plots are for rent, volunteer days are coming.

Join us this spring and get the farm humming!

Next volunteer days:

Sunday, April 17th….9am-12pm

Saturday, May 14th…9am-12pm

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