Sprouting vibrant communities through the soil

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By Steven Marquardt

Engage, educate, empower: the mission of The Cleveland Observer and the services that Teaching Humanity Excellence Urban Agriculture Initiative (T.H.E. U.A.I.) have been providing to our city since 2016.

T.H.E. U.A.I.​ is​ a holistic farming company​ focused on ​creating healthier lifestyles by incorporating preventative medicinal practices​ into our daily lives. They are an international youth-based organization selling holistic products and services​ around the world ​and developing land into earth-friendly infrastructures. T.H.E. U.A.I. is working to invigorate students, young adults, and engaged community leaders to the idealism of a sustainable and self-sufficient community. The company was founded by Aharon Ben Keymah and is a youth led extension of the Rid-All Green Partnership. You can learn more about Rid-All at https://www.greennghetto.org/.


As a young person with a calling to empower the next generation of leaders, I feel compelled to highlight T.H.E. U.A.I. for its specific focus on youth leadership development. Farming their land to help grow organic produce for the community or participating in their educational activities related to holism, agriculture, soil science, and health & nutrition are two ways to engage with T.H.E. U.A.I. In doing so, the company hopes to empower its volunteers and students to make educated food choices while strengthening the local economy and contributing to vibrant communities. In a world suffering through a deadly pandemic, a country where millions are without quality healthcare, and a city where lead poisoning plagues a startling number of our children, T.H.E. U.A.I.’s push to incorporate preventative medicine into our daily lives is more important than ever.

GET INVOLVED: Everyone has the opportunity to get their hands in the soil and support T.H.E. U.A.I.’s work during their recurring volunteer shifts taking place every Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday morning. For those looking to grow food at home, T.H.E. U.A.I.’s trained and certified Green Team can help make it a reality. They are ready to help build gardens, construct hoop houses for year-round food production, and design home landscapes for those who would like support. To get involved or find more information, you can reach T.H.E. U.A.I. at their website at https://www.theuai.net/, follow them on Facebook @THEUAI216, or follow them on Instagram @theuai_.

You can also connect with T.H.E. U.A.I. team on Saturday, September 11 at the Fresh Fest Cleveland.


Fresh Fest is a free community event featuring live musical performances, art installations, health and wellness activities, a farmer’s market, chef tastings, local vendors, hands-on activities, workshops, and a kid’s zone filled with fun for the whole family. This event is presented by the One Valley Garden Project, Environmental Health Watch, Rid-All Green Partnership, and Brittany’s Record Shop. To volunteer at the event or learn more, please visit https://www.freshfestcleveland.com/.

*Photographs sourced from THE UAI’s Instagram account