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Farm-to-Freezer: Locally Made Popsicles Popping Up Around Pittsburgh

We ‘re pleased and grateful to be featured on The Allegheny Front! Thanks to Hal B Klein and Kara Holsopple for visiting with us.
Farm-to-Freezer: Locally Made Popsicles Popping Up Around Pittsburgh

You’ve probably heard of farm-to-table by now, but what about farm-to-freezer? There is a Pittsburgh farmer who’s helping pioneer that movement by taking a familiar summer treat in an unexpected direction. Read more…

See more Healcrest NEWS here

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August 26, 2013 · 11:42 am

The Art of Luscious – a workshop of aphrodisiac truffles, and bellydance


The Art of Luscious - a workshop of aphrodisiac truffles, and bellydance

Kick off your weekend with social dancing and soulful delights. We welcome you to come dance, relax, eat, greet, and enjoy.

Come to Healcrest for an experience of your senses! Delight in the aromas of the herb gardens, the soundscape of the urban wilderness, taste the terroir, and sway with the flora.

Join Michelle Soto for Adaptodisiac Truffles! Adaptogens- help your body respond to stress! Aphrodisiacs- increase sexual desire!

Together we will formulate the truffle your body needs most! Truffles are all VEGAN, SUGAR FREE, and absolutely delicious. Everyone will have opportunities to sample and take home these yummy treats.

Follow your senses from taste buds to belly with some community style bellydance. Join Dana Launius for a basic lesson, delight in your body and enjoy some open dancing. You’re invited to an evening of earthly enjoyment.

Join us JUL 27th, SAT 7pm-10pm at Healcrest Urban Farm 5200 Hillcrest St. Garfield, PA. Register at http://www.healcresturbanfarm.com/classes.html or contact healcresturbanfarm@gmail.com. Cost: $15

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July 22, 2013 · 10:15 pm

Healcrest On The Farm Fest!


Healcrest On The Farm Fest!

Join Us at the Farm for a Tea Time Mini-Fest
Sunday MAY 19th, 3pm-6pm

We invite you to take an urban trek to our little natural oasis in the East End. If you haven’t seen the farm yet or enjoyed a Tea-Pop this is the perfect opportunity to come visit us.

Come see what’s blooming and growing at Healcrest. Enjoy the scenery, aromas, and soundscape. Walk, Lounge, Mingle, Play, Learn, Enjoy!

We’ll Have Farm Tours, Play Area, and a Mini Market Including –
— Tea-Pops
— Hot and Cold tea
— Seedlings
— and more…

HEALCREST URBAN FARM – Garfield, PGH, 5200 Hillcrest St.
the corner or Hillcrest and N. Pacific

Contact us at healcresturbanfarm@gmail.com and visit our website at http://www.healcresturbanfarm.com

*all proceeds support Healcrest projects

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May 13, 2013 · 11:06 pm

Orchards and Flowers Budding::Happy Earth Day


Orchards and Flowers Budding::Happy Earth Day

Healcrest is literally Springing to Life! Thanks to help of dedicated helping hands who love getting their hands a little dirty and tending to the soil and plants.

Buds, Bees, Birds, Blossoms! We’re lovin’ life, enjoying the spring showers of rain, help, motivation, creativity, and abundance! More Here http://www.healcresturbanfarm.com/

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April 22, 2013 · 7:06 pm

New Bees Arrive Spring 2013

The Healcrest Apiary is Buzzing with Activity

We are so fortunate to have 3 groups of folks managing hives at Healcrest. It began last Spring 2012 with Jen and John, and the tradition has continued with Natalya and Dana with new hives this spring season.

Soon Meg will add her hives to the mix and the results will be amazingly delicious!

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April 8, 2013 · 5:22 pm

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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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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A new season, A new beginning


Healcrest Farm has been growing food and building relationships with our community since 2005!!!! It has not always been an easy road, developing those relationships. I have met many different people, of many different walks of life – from elders who grew up in the deep south and have lived most of their lives around fresh food, to youth who would rather throw an apple at their peers than eat it.
I have seen over 60 youth at the Farm in our summer internships and worked with 3 public schools in greenhouse educational programs. I am humbled at the progress that has been made in this small site tucked away on a hilltop in Pittsburgh.

I and this Farm might not be everything to everyone and often Healcrest UF falls short of being the local food source or the community-food educators or the neighbor we strive to be, but we never give up trying. Always with empathy to our neighbors unique experiences, to racial and social tensions, to all the things that oppress and strangle our communities and hold at arm’s length those things in Jah’s great earth that are LIFE. We press on.

Here is a small photo series of our times and growth so far. Enjoy!

Circa 2004

Land b4 the Farm, 2004

Building the garden beds

Summer Inters Building the Shed, 2008

Students at the greenhouse

Youth hard-at-work planting in the spring

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