How It All Started
The Urban Harvest was created by Elise Pickett in 2014 to help others cultivate a more sustainable home and healthy diet by teaching them about growing their own vegetables at home. Her journey to healthy eating and growing her own food began when she learned about our current food system and the impacts that it has on our health. The more she learned, the more she realized personal changes needed to made in her life. She and her family cleaned up their eating habits and began to grow a portion of their own veggies. Their interest and love for the good food movement continued to grow as they learned and took classes on composting, worm composting, raising chickens, vegetable gardening, microgreens, and aquaponics. To learn more about her journey, check out this two minute feature on Fox 13 News.
Soon friends and family began asking for advice on vegetable gardening and healthy food choices. It made her realize that while her friends and family had someone to talk to, most people don't have anyone to turn to. It can be overwhelming when you first start out, (trust her, she spent eons reading book after blog and going through trial and error in the garden). That is when Elise decided to open The Urban Harvest, a resource for people who want to start taking control of their food and where it comes from. To learn more about how she started The Urban Harvest, check out this two minute feature on Channel 10 News.
What we Believe
Our mission is to help people learn the basics of sustainable vegetable gardening so that they can lead healthier, happier lives and have a positive impact on our planet that leaves a legacy our children to be proud of. We firmly believe that "living green" can be more than just an idea - it is not a fad but a reality! As people become aware of the implications of our current industrial food system, most realize that making changes are necessary and inevitable. By voting with our personal choices and our dollars we can start to shift the unsustainable food system that is currently in place to one that will support a viable future for our growing world. It all starts from the ground up and we are here to help by providing the educational resources necessary to empower people to start making these changes.
We would love to chat with you and find out what is important to you and your family. Feel free to shoot us an email or give us a call!
Current industrial food system takes a toll on health, the environment, and communities
Organic farming standards are better for the environment but often falls short when looking at food miles and community support
On average "fresh" vegetables loose 45% of their nutritional value between being picked and landing on a grocery store shelf
Growing your own food means superior flavor, more diversity, increased food safety, better nutrition, less food waste, improved physical fitness, and a positive impact on the environment