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Urban Harvest Announces Green Mountain Energy Sun Club Teaching Garden in East End Houston

Urban Harvest Inc. is proud to announce the creation of the Green Mountain Energy Sun Club Teaching Garden which will be located in East End Houston. The new garden will be situated on approximately 5,500 square feet of reclaimed railroad right-of-way, adjacent to the Headquarters at 3302 Canal Street.

The green space will serve as an outdoor classroom for sustainable learning, feature hands-on classes, volunteer events, garden activities, and special events for the community. Urban Harvest will connect neighborhood resources, including schools and the East End Garden Collaborative, to build community around growing food, ecological land management, and sustainable choices. The project could not have come to fruition without the continual support of Devin and Peter Licata, Headquarters owners, to ensure the project’s longevity in the neighborhood. Urban Harvest’s Teaching Garden presented by SunClub will educate the next generation of eco-minded gardeners and growers, and increase access to fresh, local food in the East End. A diverse garden design will allow for 336 square feet of gardening space with a variety of garden beds and materials usage.

The garden will be 100% organic, and will feature an area for fruit trees, vegetables, and a pollinator garden. These aspects of the garden promote sustainability through diverse, environmentally-positive production that will feed gardeners and neighbors in the East End community. The gardens has the potential to produce over 475 pounds of produce annually (FFA). Other garden elements include: timber trellises to provide shade and storage for seedlings, solar panels, a 2,200 gallon rainwater harvesting tank for irrigation, and educational signage about the environmental and community benefits of gardens as well as the impact of Urban Harvest’s vast network of Houston area community gardens. Stop by and see the “before” which will be radically changed once construction begins this fall.


East End Improvement Corporation (EEIC) and Wells Fargo unveiled the first of seven BCycle “Art Stations” as part of a community program to connect residents and visitors to public art and businesses in East End Houston. The unveiling ceremony included the donation of 36 bicycles and helmets to East End students in coordination with local non-profit Wellness On Wheels (WOW). 
longest-serving urban farms, Finca Tres Robles, is getting ready for some big changes in the year ahead. Umbrella organization Small Places is transitioning to a 501(c)(3) to help revamp the farm and increase its impact in serving the East End community. In the months ahead, Finca Tres Robles will be celebrating 7.5 years of work in the East End as it pauses field operations at the end of 2021 to prepare for its next chapter.

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