HealthFest is an exciting, interactive family event. This will be the premier event for promoting healthy lifestyles for families. We will feature local chefs, athletes, nutrition, wellness, green & Eco products, lifestyle and fitness experts. HealthFest will also feature family friendly activities, performances, demos and various vendors from across the city.
Who hosts HealthFest
HealthFest is hosted by Nicole’s Garden, a non-profit organization whose top mission is to change the way that people eat, grow and attain their food by establishing urban and alternative micro farms in non-green spaces. All proceeds of the event will benefit Nicole’s Garden and Farm Local Houston.
In 2015, the USDA reported that 1.7 million Texas households were food insecure, more than any other state except California. According to the report, 87% of food insecure Americans lived in a household earning less than 185% of the federal poverty line, the equivalent of $37,000 for a family of three and the cut-off for many federal programs.
Nicole’s Garden deploys a myriad of farming techniques that allows people to use limited spaces to grow organic produce such as urban, micro and space farming. Micro-Farming allows you to leverage a small piece of land to grow produce and is often seen in urban farms (city farms). From hydroponics to pink houses, alternative methods of farming are being optimized to remove harmful chemicals, produce crops 3x as fast and yield organic produce the way nature intended.
Space farming leverages space tested technology such as pink LED lighting, hydroponic farms and coconut seed pods. We integrate these methods into our farming and have a student program dedicated to space farming.
More people around the world are taking a look at micro-farming, which offers to make our food as “local” as possible. By growing what we need near where we live, we decrease the “food miles” associated with long- distance transportation. We also get the freshest produce money can buy, and we are encouraged to eat in season.
Another benefit of micro-farming is that it can add greenery to cities, reducing harmful runoff, increasing shading, and countering the unpleasant heat island effect. Urban farm plots can help people reconnect with the Earth, and gain a greater appreciation for where our food comes from.