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Filed under Business, Events, Pittsburgh, Tea-pop Shop, Urban Farming
Aquaponics at Healcrest – Part 2
Everything’s coming together. The Bottom tank will hold the fish, while the Top shelf will house delicious delicate herbs.
Savi says this is what the fish will do if you put your hand in the tank.
Filed under Pittsburgh, Urban Farming
Healcrest is on Hatch!
Dear Fans of Healcrest Urban Farm!
The Team of Healcrest Urban Farm!
Filed under organic gardening, Pittsburgh, Uncategorized, Urban Farming
SUMMER HAS ARRIVED AND IT IS HOT!
So to refresh and recharge you we have Savory Strawberry Creamsicle; Cucumber Lime Mint, and returning champs Chocolate Lavender, & Fresh Apple Mint. In addition we are bringing freshly brewed Iced Tea by the cup. Try our original Tea Blends like Goddess Blend or Everyday Tea. We look forward to hosting you for volunteer days, tours, and classes. And we are always happy to see you at market.
Filed under Events, Pittsburgh, Urban Farming
A Rainy Day Photo Shoot!
By Michelle Soto
Meg and I thought we could use this rainy day to our advantage and show some photos of our muscle powered tools that we use to create the gardens. As we were planning and budgeting to create new gardens and revitalize more green spaces at Healcrest, we made a decision to not rent heavy gas powered machinery and to invest in quality earth moving tools that we can use for years to come.
We still use lawn mowers for grass cutting, but pretty much everything else up at the farm is a hand tool. This definitely increases the time and energy it takes to build a garden bed, but the finished products are high quality beds that will be around for years to come, completely free of knotweed roots, rocks, and anything else that might impede the growing process.
We’ve found that the beds that we built last year have needed a few wheelbarrows of compost of them and some leaf mulch in the aisles, but are free of invasive weeds. The hard pan clay that is just right under our top soil was turned with compost last year and has matured into a dark rich layer of soil, perfect for growing.
Planting into these beds will continue for a few more weeks! Official volunteer days are on Sundays from 11-4. We won’t make you jump on a broad fork for you can help some baby seedlings find a good home!
Michelle loves to use the little digging fork to turn earth
Meg attacks knotweed, clearing a new path through the woods
Michelle jumps on the broad fork, using all her body weight!
Meg is shifting soil with the brand new shifter that Suzy built or the farm
Family Time on the Farm
By Michelle Soto
This past week my family came into town ready to work on the farm! Many of my memories of childhood involve helping my dad in the yard and in the garden. Every spring we’d get a load of wood mulch delivered to the house and I would use my child sized shovel and wheelbarrow to mulch the rose bushes and the edges of garden beds. I loved the smell of the mulch. It smelled woody and alive and signaled that spring was here. My dad’s biggest hobby was working in the yard, he’d come home every day after work, take a power nap, change into work clothes and spend the rest of the afternoon outside. He’s the type of guy who only has ONE kind of grass in his yard, and absolutely no weeds. Anywhere.
Filed under Gardening, organic farming, organic gardening, Pittsburgh, Urban Farming
It’s a Weed Walk! This Sunday MAY 18th – 3 to 5PM
Healcrest is hosting herb walks and classes with Michelle!
We’re kicking off our season:
this Sunday MAY 18th – 3 to 5PM
It’s a Weed Walk!
to learn about the plants poppin out NOW that its spring!
We’re going to walk and talk about what’s growing now and what it looks like. Curious about how to harvest burdock to get the most out of it? Or simply want to know what burdock is and looks like? We’ll talk about medicinal uses, cultivation techniques, wildcrafting habits, and whatever you want. There’s going to be a number of these kinds of classes this year where we can visit the same plants in different seasons and growing stages and identify and use them is a variety of ways.
the walk and talk is $10 and our rain date’s set for may 20, 4-6.
Register Here let us know if you have any questions, 615-804-0064 thanks! and happy spring,
Filed under Events, Gardening, herbal medicine, Urban Farming
Spring Has Sprung at Healcrest Urban Farm!
Whew! Spring has sprung and we are seeing the evidence of that all over the farm!
The daffodils are in full bloom, the forsythia has one whole garden in a wash of yellow, the hawthorns are budding out the cutest little leaves, and our perennials are coming back from the intense winter hibernation we were all in.
Meg and Michelle have been busy tilling the ground in several gardens to get beds ready for the hundreds of plants we have started inside. Many herblings are more delicate than vegetable starts so we’ll wait till after the last frost to plant outside.
We are orienting garden beds differently this year in one garden and are breaking ground the what we used to call “the knotweed field”. Although it does have medicinal qualities: the knotweed root contains high amounts of resveratrol- the feel good chemical in red wine, we are striving to eradicate our pristine piece of land from this invasive creature. Slowly, but surely.
Suzy has built a rain barrel system to catch rainwater off the roof of our shed so that we can water everything grown on the farm with water collected from the farm.
As usual, the chickens have the run of a garden during the day to dust bathe and sun themselves.
We will post soon about upcoming classes and volunteer days! Here’s to spring!
Hillcrest Steet Autumn Clean-Up
Please join us this Sunday, December 7th, 1-4pm for an Autumn Street Cleanup!
We would love your help lifting leaves, trimming trees, and general Fall time FUN!
Join Us at the Corner of Hillcrest St. and N. Pacific in Garfield, PGH.
Take a moment to enjoy the gardens and peaceful retreat of Healcrest Urban Farm.
*long sleeves, pants, boots, and gloves recommended*
IMI for The Holidays 2013!
We look forward to seeing you this weekend at The Waterfront! FRIDAY & SATURDAY
Join US for a Wonderful Local Artisan Shopping Experience
The 6th Annual Holiday Artisan I Made It Nomadic Marketplace
DEC 8th – Sterling Yoga Artists Market