Harvest for Health

Harvest 4 Health word cloud in the shape of a tomato

Led by the University of Alabama Birmingham’s, Comprehensive Cancer Center and Alabama Extension’s Homes Grounds Team, Harvest for Health uses a backyard garden to teach new, healthy habits to cancer survivors. Extension trained Master Gardeners mentor the cancer survivor to learn vegetable gardening.

The initial study’s results showed cancer survivors ate more vegetables, improved their strength and flexibility, were more motivated to daily exercise, and had other positive health indicators. Partially funded by the National Cancer Institute, a larger, follow-up study (2017-2021) plans to repeat these results. You can join our project!

Harvest for Health study, please call 1-800-476-9478 or email harvest4health@uab.edu.

[Note: Anyone considering a new exercise practice should first consult their health-care provider. This is especially important for seniors and people with a weakened or compromised immune system.]

Program Participants only

Please join our private Facebook page. Contact Kerry Smith or Renee Thompson for more information. Join group discussions and share what’s happening in your garden!

Program Materials

Alabama Cooperative Extension System (ACES) Publications

The Alabama Cooperative Extension System provides a substantial information packet to each participant and mentor in the project.

Other Documents

Harvest 4 Health – Vegetable Harvest Calendar
Harvest 4 Health – Spot-Color Flyer
Harvest 4 Health – Study Participant Eligibility Map
Harvest 4 Health – Healthy Recipes Cookbook