Our Mission

Urban Harvest’s mission is to cultivate thriving communities through gardening and access to healthy, local food.

Growing strong​

Founded in 1994, Urban Harvest has garnered a well-deserved reputation as a leader in the local food movement. We’ve earned this role by adhering to clear and simple values and a focused mission.

ver 30 years ago, two Fourth Ward activists, Deacon Malcolm McLemore and Deacon Jean Cameron, started a community garden in their neighborhood along with Dr. Bob Randall, one of the founders of Urban Harvest.

Their garden grew and grew. The simple act of growing food brought neighbors together to share recipes and seeds, to solve problems about crime and blight, and to eat and celebrate together. The seed that was planted by the success of this garden led to the creation of Urban Harvest seven years later. Since 1994, Urban Harvest has cultivated communities of gardeners, educators, farmers and neighbors to launch thriving gardens and farmers markets.

Under the direction of an all-volunteer board, Urban Harvest has grown from humble beginnings to employ a full-time staff and literally thousands of volunteers. Check out our recent annual report.

Board of directors


Annual report

“Urban Harvest is a gift. It gives us an opportunity to do things we could not afford to do. The education and the ability to take classes. It’s given me the incentive to keep going with the garden.” 

Amanda Ellison, Founding member 
Harry Holmes Health Harvest community garden

“Urban Harvest offers those of us who grown food the opportunity to connect with the small, but growing, number of people that want to improve their relationship with food, and its inevitable
effects on our health. “

Glen Miracle,
Laughing Frog Farm
market vendor since 2009

“Urban Harvest means that our students have the opportunity to be exposed to experiences that they may not otherwise have. Our students delight in being able to harvest their homegrown vegetables, make a fresh salad and eat it!” 

Principal David Rodriguez
Buffalo Creek Elementary