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We Are OPEN for Business at Pittsburgh Public Market!


We’d LOVE to see your face at the Market! Come visit us and the many fine vendors at the Public Market at 25th and Penn in one of Pittsburgh’s greatest destinations. It’s been fun to build our own little homey kitchen just off the main aisle of the market.

Open Hours – WED – SUN 10am – 4pm (SAT 9am)

Come and get delicious iced and hot tea service, loose leaf by the pouch, as well as ice pops for enjoying on the spot or taking home by the box. And our newest fun herbal edible our delightful herb infused simple syrups.

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Be a Healcrest Urban Farm Fan and Get Market Day Text Reminders!


You will get market day reminders from us on your mobile phone. Checkins at market can also equal rewards from Healcrest Urban Farm (like ice pops!) You can unsubscribe from these messages at any time and we will never share your information with anyone. Sign Up Here On Farm Fan! farmfanlogo

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Check Out Our Calendar of Upcoming Markets and Events


PUBLIC MARKETS

RETAIL LOCATIONS

FIND OUR ICE POPS!

FIND TEAS!

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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.

IMG_4430The babies move in.

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We’re Headed to the Annual PASA Conference!


This weekend the women of Healcrest are headed to State College for the 24th Annual PASA Conference! pasa_logo5

PASA is the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture. If you want to know something about sustainable agriculture in Pennsylvania, they are your people!

The Farming for the Future Conference is a wonderful gathering of farmers, farming advocates, lobbyists, and generally interested parties.

226ea6ec-29b9-46ac-8fe1-12b35f9493ab As usual there are wonderful, inspiring keynote speakers. This year I am very excited to hear Frances Moore Lappe speak. She is the author of Diet for a Small Planet among other books examining and discussing our food system.

We have participated in the conference before but this will be the first year that Healcrest as gone as vendors as well. This year we are taking our delicious Tea, Tisane, and Herbal Ice-Pops to share with conference participants.

This event is so inspiring and a great place to connect with others of like minds. If you’ve never gone to this conference but you love sustainable agriculture I encourage you to go some time.The weekend is full of wonderful workshops from soil health to law & policy; from cover-cropping to creating an urban buying club. There is something for everyone at this conference!

We are looking forward to it and I know we will come back with wonderful things to share and grow from!

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Healcrest CSA Pick-Up at 52nd Street Market!


Hello Friends,

It’s nice to be back on the Blog after a little Harvest Hiatus.

As winter is certainly upon us we are excited to announce that Monthly CSA Pick-Up will be at 52nd Street Market at 601 52nd St, Pittsburgh, PA 15201, beginning today Monday Dec 1. 5-7pm.

We’re sure you’re going to enjoy the harvest classics we’re bringing you today!

Dora and Dierdre of 52nd Street Market are sharing their cozy, warm market with us once a month so we can offer a comfortable space for our CSA members to pick-up their goodies.

In months to come, along with market directors, we will bring you samples, extra goodies, and more!

Today Dana will have some extra goodies for CSA members available for purchase and we invite anyone to come out and shop for individual Tea Boxes, Packs of Pops, and Harvest Apple and Pear Lavender Butters!!

See You at the Market!

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Spring Has Sprung at Healcrest Urban Farm!


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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.

046Meg 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.

IMG_2791We 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.

IMG_2789Suzy 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.

 

 

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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!

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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. 

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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.

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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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