Urban Harvest is a local charitable organization supporting a network of urban gardens, farms and orchards that inspire and empower people of diverse backgrounds to grow food in the city. These gardens and farms are located at schools, youth centers, parks, housing projects, places of worship, vacant lots and therapy centers, and serve to educate, strengthen community spirit, create therapeutic environments and provide food and income. Our work benefits all of us by improving health. It also builds engaging schools, neighborly communities and valuable local businesses that together sustain and improve our environment.
A Board of Directors, countless volunteers and our hardworking staff support the program. Funding comes from private foundations, public grants, memberships, and individuals.
Our Urban Harvest Farmers Market offers locally-produced vegetables, fruits and farm products every Saturday morning all year long. The market supports local family farms and boosts the local economy. A unique feature of the market, the Gardeners' Corner, allows school groups, community gardeners and backyard gardeners to sell their produce and learn about market gardening.
The Community Gardens Program provides classes and information on how to get started to any group interested in starting a community garden. We provide ongoing support for a network of more than 100 community and school gardens and urban farms. These gardens and inner-city farms include traditional plot-style gardens as well as group format gardens, gardens at schools and youth centers for educational purposes, therapy gardens in hospitals and other care centers supporting health and healing, and donation gardens providing harvests of fresh vegetables to feed the hungry. Support includes gardening advice, volunteer recruitment, web pages in our web Directory of Gardens, networking events, an annual awards ceremony, and free gardening classes.