The Urban Farmhands (UFH) has a simple mission: to help people grow food in the city.
We do this by building, planting and maintaining raised vegetable gardens for residents and businesses. Helping our clients every step of the way, we create gardens for their unique growing space and tastes. The result? Abundant edible gardens that are beautiful and healthy for people, pollinators and our community.
We’re incredibly passionate about using only sustainable growing practices. So we do our very best to only use materials and plants made and grown without harmful chemicals. Watch our video below to learn more about how we can help you.
Who We Are
Meet the folks at The Urban Farmhands.
President + Founder
Molly founded The Urban Farmhands after talking to countless people who wanted to plant a garden, but didn’t know where to start. She is a passionate advocate for urban growing, a passion that grew out of her long-time work as a marketer of organic and local foods at Haberman. There, she represented top brands such as Organic Valley, Annie’s Homegrown and the Twin Cities natural food co-ops.
Molly maintains her own urban garden in Minneapolis, where she lives with her husband, Jason, daughter, Lola, son, Ryder, and border collie-lab dog, Duke. She keeps honeybees and four chickens, plus a veggie garden mixed with herbs, zinnias, cosmos and morning glory.
Jill Seifert Thiel
Jill is the lead gardener for The Urban Farmhands. She has a serious green thumb. Ten years ago, Jill and her husband turned their entire front yard and backyard into vegetable gardens. Through trial and error, she knows the best heirloom and organic veggie varieties for our Minnesota climate. Jill specializes in greens, peppers and tomatoes.
When it’s harvest time in her own urban garden, Jill freezes and cans hundreds of tomatoes, peppers, greens and sauces. She dries heirloom beans for soups and grinds her 10-foot tall Bloody Butcher corn into flour. By preserving much of what she grows, she and her husband eat year-round from their freezer and pantry.
Jill loves to share her knowledge about gardening with others, inspiring them to grow food in their own city spaces.
In addition to her gardening work, Jill is a massage instructor at Aveda Institute and is a massage and bodywork therapist. She lives with her husband, David, and dog, Yeti, in south Minneapolis.
How We Help
Urban Farmhands will meet you where you are on your gardening path.
We’ll help find the best place for your raised beds, build and install them, plant your gardens, and maintain them throughout the growing season.
First, we’ll talk with you about what you want from your garden. Do you want veggies your kids will love to pick and eat? A snacking garden full of veggies you can enjoy right off of the vine? Pounds of nutrient-dense greens for daily salad, sautés and smoothies? A huge variety of veggies that inspire more at-home cooking and better health?
Next, we’ll visit your home or business to explore location scenarios. Full-day sun is best, but not always essential. If we determine there is adequate sun for growing vegetables, we’ll follow-up with an estimate for start-up costs (garden bed building + installation, soil, plantings, trellising + irrigation) and seasonal maintenance. Prices vary depending upon raised bed size and maintenance required.
If you decide to move forward with us, we’ll send you a garden plan to create your custom garden. We’ll get busy building your raised beds and install them soon after the ground thaws. We’ll fill them with a special raised garden blend, install your trellises and begin planting your veggies and flowers.
Our team will stop by your garden weekly to tie, transplant, weed, check for pests and do other tasks to help your garden grow. We’ll also communicate regularly through email to let you know what we’ve done, what’s next and any other interesting observations and learnings from your garden. When it’s time to harvest, we’ll share some ideas on how to use your bounty.