Annika

Annika

Heart and Spade Farms values the healthcare community and strives to increase food security within it. Our mission is to empower our members to achieve better health by improving access to nutritious, locally-grown produce in the hospital setting. We are a small farm growing produce in the Portland metro area using completely sustainable, chemical-free, and natural practices. We operate out of Headwaters with less than one acre in production.

Heart and Spade’s owner, Annika La Fave, has been working as a small organic farmer for the past decade. She started in the wash/pack room at Mountain View Farm in Western Massachusetts, and after moving to Portland in 2014, worked as the farmer at Schoolyard Farms. Annika cares deeply about the intersection of food and healthcare and believes that farmers can be agents of change in improving human health. By bridging the gap between agriculture and medicine, she feels that she can help build a happier, healthier community of healthcare workers, learners and patients.