Healthy Hearts Institute

Healthy Hearts Institute Reduce Stress, Increase Strength, Build from Within. Healthy Hearts Institute's vision is to create a space where people learn to live longer, healthier and more socially connected lives.

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09/11/2021

Beautiful okra growing on our farm.

Okra is native to West Africa.  It is believed that Okra first reached the United States from enslaved Africans between ...
09/11/2021

Okra is native to West Africa. It is believed that Okra first reached the United States from enslaved Africans between the 16th and 18th centuries during the days of slave trafficking. Africans refer to the vegetable as “Ngombo” or "gumbo". Okra is popular in traditional soul food recipes. Here is Okra being grown on our farm.

Okra is native to West Africa. It is believed that Okra first reached the United States from enslaved Africans between the 16th and 18th centuries during the days of slave trafficking. Africans refer to the vegetable as “Ngombo” or "gumbo". Okra is popular in traditional soul food recipes. Here is Okra being grown on our farm.

This has been a great growing season for HHI!  Soon, we will be terminating our crops and preparing for the next crop se...
09/06/2021

This has been a great growing season for HHI! Soon, we will be terminating our crops and preparing for the next crop season. You can still enjoy summer fruits and vegetables during the winter months. Try drying, canning, pickling, and freezing them from your kitchen to last all year. There are many Youtube influencing videos to walk you through the steps. We still have tons of tomatoes, sweet peppers, and hot peppers at the farm.

A few “friends” that likes to visit everyday 🦋
09/03/2021

A few “friends” that likes to visit everyday 🦋

A few “friends” that likes to visit everyday 🦋

First harvested beets.  Did you know that beets  contain nitrates, which may help increase blood flow to the brain, impr...
08/29/2021

First harvested beets. Did you know that beets contain nitrates, which may help increase blood flow to the brain, improve cognitive function and possibly reduce the risk of dementia. #farming #healthyliving

First harvested beets. Did you know that beets contain nitrates, which may help increase blood flow to the brain, improve cognitive function and possibly reduce the risk of dementia. #farming #healthyliving

Here is a few throwback pictures  of our beds a few years ago  when the tomatoes were first planted in.
08/28/2021

Here is a few throwback pictures of our beds a few years ago when the tomatoes were first planted in.

Here is a few throwback pictures of our beds a few years ago when the tomatoes were first planted in.

When the farmstand that sells your produce labels them as “super sweet” and marks them at a premium price, you know you ...
08/22/2021

When the farmstand that sells your produce labels them as “super sweet” and marks them at a premium price, you know you have great produce. If you missed the farmstand, you can find our melons at Windmill Farms in San Ramon. Grown using sustainable practices to protect the environment. Yellow, Red, and Orange Watermelons. #localfarming #seededwatermelons

When the farmstand that sells your produce labels them as “super sweet” and marks them at a premium price, you know you have great produce. If you missed the farmstand, you can find our melons at Windmill Farms in San Ramon. Grown using sustainable practices to protect the environment. Yellow, Red, and Orange Watermelons. #localfarming #seededwatermelons

Did you know that flowers support improved memory?  Plants and flowers oxygenate the air, boosting brain cells, which im...
08/21/2021

Did you know that flowers support improved memory? Plants and flowers oxygenate the air, boosting brain cells, which improves memory, clarity and concentration. Think of plants and flowers as superfood for the brain cells! #locallygrownflowers #blackfarmers #colortherapy #aromatherapy

Did you know that flowers support improved memory? Plants and flowers oxygenate the air, boosting brain cells, which improves memory, clarity and concentration. Think of plants and flowers as superfood for the brain cells! #locallygrownflowers #blackfarmers #colortherapy #aromatherapy

Orange Crush/Sugar Baby Watermelon, Honey Dew Green
08/18/2021

Orange Crush/Sugar Baby Watermelon, Honey Dew Green

Orange Crush/Sugar Baby Watermelon, Honey Dew Green

First harvested “Orange Crush” watermelon.  #tasty #blackfarmers
08/18/2021

First harvested “Orange Crush” watermelon. #tasty #blackfarmers

First harvested “Orange Crush” watermelon. #tasty #blackfarmers

Fresh cut flowers from the farm. #ecotherapy #aromatherapy #colortherapy
08/17/2021

Fresh cut flowers from the farm. #ecotherapy #aromatherapy #colortherapy

Fresh cut flowers from the farm. #ecotherapy #aromatherapy #colortherapy

Farm stand this Friday! 11:00am- 3:00pm.
08/17/2021

Farm stand this Friday! 11:00am- 3:00pm.

Farm stand this Friday! 11:00am- 3:00pm.

Almost ready for this delicious watermelon!  🍉
08/11/2021

Almost ready for this delicious watermelon! 🍉

Our harvested cantaloupes 💛
08/11/2021

Our harvested cantaloupes 💛

One of the firsts harvests in 2017.  We used a small bowl and scale.
08/10/2021

One of the firsts harvests in 2017. We used a small bowl and scale.

It’s unbelievable how fast watermelons grow.  Just because they appear big, doesn’t mean they are ripe 👀.  Here is a wee...
08/10/2021

It’s unbelievable how fast watermelons grow. Just because they appear big, doesn’t mean they are ripe 👀. Here is a week’s growth.

Do you know what this is?  Yes, another harvest beauty. Romanesco broccoli is an edible flower bud of the species Brassi...
08/08/2021

Do you know what this is? Yes, another harvest beauty. Romanesco broccoli is an edible flower bud of the species Brassica oleracea. First documented in Italy in the 16th century, it is chartreuse in color, and has a form naturally approximating a fractal. When compared to a traditional cauliflower, it has a firmer texture and delicate, nutty flavor.

Do you know what this is? Yes, another harvest beauty. Romanesco broccoli is an edible flower bud of the species Brassica oleracea. First documented in Italy in the 16th century, it is chartreuse in color, and has a form naturally approximating a fractal. When compared to a traditional cauliflower, it has a firmer texture and delicate, nutty flavor.

Tomatoes anyone? 🍅 Our harvested tomatoes look amazing! Comment below on your favorite way to eat or prepare a meal with...
08/07/2021

Tomatoes anyone? 🍅
Our harvested tomatoes look amazing! Comment below on your favorite way to eat or prepare a meal with tomatoes.
#farmerlife
#harvest
#tomatoes

The gorgeous flowers that we’re growing on the farm 🌻🌸
08/07/2021

The gorgeous flowers that we’re growing on the farm 🌻🌸

This is what our farm is looking like now! 🌻🍅 🌱  A lot of hard work has been into making this happen and our harvest has...
08/05/2021

This is what our farm is looking like now! 🌻🍅 🌱

A lot of hard work has been into making this happen and our harvest has most definitely shown for it. Just look at how at how delicious our paste tomatoes look! 😍

Healthy Hearts Institutes’ goal is to provide you with the most deliciously sustainably grown produce in town!

This is what our farm is looking like now! 🌻🍅 🌱  A lot of hard work has been into making this happen and our harvest has...
08/05/2021

This is what our farm is looking like now! 🌻🍅 🌱

A lot of hard work has been into making this happen and our harvest has most definitely shown for it. Just look at how at how delicious our paste tomatoes look! 😍

Healthy Hearts Institutes’ goal is to provide you with the most deliciously sustainably grown produce in town!

Do you know the benefits of vermiculture?  Vermicompost enhances overall plant growth, suppresses diseases, and increase...
08/05/2021

Do you know the benefits of vermiculture? Vermicompost enhances overall plant growth, suppresses diseases, and increases microbial activity in the soil, while improving physical characteristics of the soil such as water holding capacity, aeration, and porosity, of which all benefit soil fertility. Shout out to @DeltaWorms for educating us at HHI and for your generosity with helping us establish our own vermicompost Worm-rick. Week 1 pic is with the soaker hose. Week 2 is magic starting to happen. Excited to share a status in a few weeks. http://deltaworms.com

So much progress has been made, here is a throwback picture of what the Farm looked like just back in 2017
08/05/2021

So much progress has been made, here is a throwback picture of what the Farm looked like just back in 2017

So much progress has been made, here is a throwback picture of what the Farm looked like just back in 2017

Can you guess what kind of tomato this is?If you guessed paste tomatoes then you were correct.
08/05/2021

Can you guess what kind of tomato this is?
If you guessed paste tomatoes then you were correct.

Can you guess what kind of tomato this is?
If you guessed paste tomatoes then you were correct.

Here is our Music and Chesnok Garlic…before and after harvesting.
08/04/2021

Here is our Music and Chesnok Garlic…before and after harvesting.

Join Healthy Hearts Institute (HHI) at our very first Farm Stand located in the El Pueblo Housing Development!!! Purchas...
07/31/2021
Home - Healthy Hearts

Join Healthy Hearts Institute (HHI) at our very first Farm Stand located in the El Pueblo Housing Development!!! Purchase harvested sustainably grown produce or participate in our U- Pick.

To make this affordable for everyone, especially those in need, we ask that you pay what you can. (Able to pay a little more? Pay a little more! Unable to pay much? Pay what you can!)

Healthy Hearts is a Black-led 501(c)3 non-profit Organization and our mission is to empower individual and community transformation through health and wellness. Proceeds from the farm stand will be used to support our health and wellness education programs as well as provide job opportunities for local residents.

Come out to purchase local produce and to support your community! Spread the word!

Monday, August 2, 2021 from 12:00-4:00pm.

875 El Pueblo Ave, Pittsburg, CA. 94565

Let’s keep each other healthy and safe. MASKS REQUIRED Vaccinated/ Unvaccinated

The first step is to build a community garden in the El Pueblo Housing Development in Pittsburg, CA. The community garden will allow neighborhood residents to grow their preferred crops within individual raised bed garden plots.

Our latest project is complete! A month ago we began laying the foundation for our shipping container/tool shed. Here ar...
04/29/2019

Our latest project is complete! A month ago we began laying the foundation for our shipping container/tool shed. Here are a few photos

Today's harvest at the El Pueblo Community Garden! Heirloom tomatoes, okra, zucchini, hot peppers, sweet peppers,  cucum...
08/18/2018

Today's harvest at the El Pueblo Community Garden! Heirloom tomatoes, okra, zucchini, hot peppers, sweet peppers, cucumbers, cantaloupe, watermelon, spaghetti squash, honeydew and more! #growfood #groworganic #feedthecommunity

Behind the scene meetings to help transform the El Pueblo Community Garden and Urban Farm. Thankful to have the support ...
02/06/2018

Behind the scene meetings to help transform the El Pueblo Community Garden and Urban Farm. Thankful to have the support of Gensler, Turner Construction, MIG, Urban Design Consulting Engineers, Lea and Braze, Skanska and of course the Housing Authority of the County of Contra Costa. #newelpueblo #communitytransformation

03/30/2017

Healthy Hearts Institute needs your help! We have submitted a grant application in the 2017 Seeds® of Change Grant Program, and need you to vote for us at http://bit.ly/2nF3PgZ. You can vote once per day until April 19. #SeedsofChangeGrant

The Contra Costa Times just published an interview with founder Heracio Harts - exciting times for HHI and more good new...
03/13/2017
Pittsburg: Coming home to help feed the community

The Contra Costa Times just published an interview with founder Heracio Harts - exciting times for HHI and more good news to come soon, watch this space!
http://www.eastbaytimes.com/2017/03/13/pittsburg-coming-home-to-help-feed-the-community/

After time in prison and more than two years of set-up work, Ray Harts ready to create a community garden to help provide nutritious vegetables to residents in and near the El Pueblo housing projec…

This new list names the produce with the most leftover pesticide in grocery stores. If you're on a budget, prioritize bu...
04/13/2016
New fruit tops "Dirty Dozen" list of most contaminated produce

This new list names the produce with the most leftover pesticide in grocery stores. If you're on a budget, prioritize buying organic versions of the dirty dozen first:

1. Strawberries
2. Apples
3. Nectarines
4. Peaches
5. Celery
6. Grapes
7. Cherries
8. Spinach
9. Tomatoes
10. Sweet bell peppers
11. Cherry tomatoes
12. Cucumbers

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/new-fruit-tops-dirty-dozen-list-of-most-contaminated-produce/

The Environmental Working Group is out with its annual ranking of pesticide levels in popular fruits and vegetables

Up 12% last year, the organic farming sector is growing! The best news is that large numbers of farms in the US are adop...
04/13/2016
Roots of Change

Up 12% last year, the organic farming sector is growing! The best news is that large numbers of farms in the US are adopting elements of organic farming.

Soil building, the essential and core practice of any organic farm, is on the rise. By building soil, they conserve water, build fertility, increase resilience, and capture carbon to combat global warming.

California is considering a bill SB 1350 (Senator Lois Wolk) that will commit money to a health soils initiative proposed by Governor Brown.

This is encouraging news: the rate of growth in the organic farming sector is rising. It went up 12% last year. It is critical that farms become continually better at protecting the resources upon which our food depends. Organic certification remains the clearest measure of a farmers' commitment to this holistic and complex goal. We still have a long way to go because according to the USDA's database only 21,781 farms are certified, about 1% of the total farms in the nation. The best news is that large numbers of farms in the US are adopting elements of organic farming. Soil building, the essential and core practice of any organic farm, is on the rise. Climate change is forcing farmers to intensify their focus on soil. By building soil, they conserve water, build fertility, plant resilience and capture carbon to combat global warming. California is considering a bill SB 1350 (Senator Lois Wolk) that will commit money to a health soils initiative proposed by Governor Brown. We like the bill and the initiative and organic farms!

http://www.organicauthority.com/Organic-Farming-on-the-Rise

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Just letting everyone know about our plant sale this weekend. Rain or shine. Here's a checklist of tomato varieties.http://ccmg.ucanr.edu/files/280594.pdf
Can't believe the progress