On November 11, Urban Harvest held their annual Autumn Harvest Celebration on the WCG grounds. It was a time for community gardens across Houston to come together to share a meal and enjoy each other’s company.
Urban Harvest Community Gardens Coordinator, Dawn Newcomer, spoke about Urban Harvest’s mission and goals reached through the year. Did you know?
- Urban Harvest provides organic gardening education for both adults and children. The Youth Education Program is in 25 schools and teaches 4,600 children annually.
- There are over 130 community gardens in the Urban Harvest network. 72% are in food deserts or adjacent low income/low access areas. 24 donation gardens give 60,000 pounds of produce to food pantries and homeless shelters annually.
- Urban Harvest runs two farmers markets, providing a venue for 90 local farmers and small businesses. Eastside Market, at 3000 Richmond, is open year round on Saturdays from 8 AM to Noon. City Hall Market is open seasonally on Wednesdays from 11 AM to 1:30 PM.
Urban Harvest Board President, Scott Howard, presented two awards – Dana Crawford received the Green Jeans Award for her work with youth education. The Nutgrass Roots Award was presented to the Christian Community Service Center’s community garden. There were many door prizes awarded as well.