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.

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 the garden!

Program Materials

Alabama Cooperative Extension System (ACES) Publications

Garden Bugs: Insect Pest Management in the Home Vegetable Garden
Control of Mammals and Birds in the Vegetable Garden
Horticulture Notes: Blossom-End Rot in Tomatoes
Pest and Beneficial Insects
Insecticides for Organic Commercial & Backyard Vegetable Production
Backyard Composting
Horticulture Notes: Soil Temperature Conditions for Vegetable Seed Germination
Horticulture Notes: Growing Lettuce in Spring or Fall
Raised Bed Gardening
Backyard Tomato Production
Home Gardening: Growing Onions
The Alabama Vegetable Gardener
Basics of Fall Vegetable Gardening
Horticulture Notes: Pruning Fresh-Market Tomatoes
Horticulture Notes: Add Garlic to Your Garden
Horticulture Notes: Growing Herbs in Containers
Planting Guide for Home Gardening in Alabama
Summer the Year Round with Frozen Vegetables

Other Documents

Harvest 4 Health – Vegetable Harvest Calendar
Harvest 4 Health – Full-Color Poster
Harvest 4 Health – Spot-Color Flyer
Harvest 4 Health – Study Participant Eligibility Map
Harvest 4 Health – Cohort Dates
Harvest 4 Health – Master Gardener Handbook
Harvest 4 Health – Healthy Recipes Cookbook