Providing a Healthier Lifestyle
I am Tyrean 'Heru' Lewis, the Founder and CEO of Heru Urban Farming. While my background is in management and education, I come from a long line of farmers. Being a 5th generation farmer motivated me to make a real change in my community’s access to quality and healthy food.
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.
I am passionate and dedicated about reversing the overwhelming amount unhealthy lifestyles attributed to lack of access within the urban areas of St. Louis. We aim to create an atmosphere in St. Louis that encourages a healthier lifestyle for generations to come, by teaching and demonstrating the importance of growing and eating organic and non-GMO foods. We do so in a way that is sustainable and respectful of traditional growing practices.
We started in 2017 with three lots totaling 10,612 sq ft. The first year was a huge 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. 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. We have high hopes of making food accessible to more of the St. Louis region in the near future!
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.
What People Say
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!
Fresh food at it’s finest. Just had a Stars and Moon Melon - Perfect. Do you Heru? We do!
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.
Heru Farms accessible produce and we at Original Family Smoke House can’t wait to utilize his products on our menu!