About Our Company

ABOUT HERU

We're Providing a Healthy Lifestyle

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My name is Tyrean Lewis and I am the Founder and CEO of Heru Urban Farming LLC. I am a 5th generation farmer, and I have a background in health and physical education and an MS in management. I consider myself a soul farmer. Everything I use is natural and organic. I put positive energy into my crops and I am spiritually connected to the land.

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I am passionate, self-motivated and dedicated to reversing the overwhelming amount of food deserts and unhealthy lifestyles within the urban areas of St. Louis, Missouri. With my background, I believe I have the tools necessary to complete this task. Our mission is to provide quality organic food and herbal supply for food desert and health stricken areas within urban communities. We will create a healthy lifestyle atmosphere by teaching and demonstrating the importance of growing and eating organic and non-GMO foods, as well as defending the rights of nature. This mission will be accomplished by acquiring and revitalizing land to cultivate in these food desert areas for a healthy and sustainable environment for future generations.

 

This project started in 2017 with three lots totaling 10,612 sq ft. The first year was a success. We provided healthy food choices for a community within the City of St. Louis that has 33% of its population living below the poverty line. Most of the residents are elderly and most of them don’t have reliable transportation. The community was ecstatic about learning and helping us with the urban farm. This pilot farm had so much success that we were able to acquire four more lots in a different community that has 41% of its residents living below the poverty line. Therefore, I believe we will have no problem with sustaining or furthering the ability to supply these forgotten under-served communities.

Problems We're Solving

  • Most of the fruits and veggies of our region travel from over 12,000 miles away.

  • Over 700,000 people across the metro St. Louis region are low-income households with limited access to grocery stores or farmers markets within a half-mile of their neighborhoods.

  • 84% of Missouri cropland is corn and soy which is used for animal feed or processing.

  • Less than 1% of St. Louis regional cropland is used to grow food for people.

  • Missouri's food insecurity rate was 14.2% which was higher than the national average according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

TESTIMONIALS

What People Say

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He is dedicated and devoted to growing healthy vegetables fruits and herbs and offering right back into his community where he lives. His huge heart and love of the land has done much more than grow food, his efforts have impacted the community both young and old. He inspires everyone around him with his positive actions and solutions and in return his community is safer, healthier and greener!

Eric Stevens
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Fresh food at it’s finest. Just had a Stars and Moon Melon - Perfect. Do you Heru? We do!

Sharon Sabo
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Passionate, spirited farmer that puts his love & roots into his growing-food practices. Excited to see more produce that he is willing to grow on his urban farm in the near future! Go StL.

El Tomas

Heru Farms accessible produce and we at Original Family Smoke House can’t wait to utilize his products on our menu!

Brandon Gilliam
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