Part of the Huntsville metropolitan area, Harvest, Alabama is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) that is located in northwest Madison County. The community has residential single family homes within a total area of 12.4 square miles. Capshaw Mountain is its most notable geographical feature that holds communications towers and forms a watershed that supplies water to the residents.
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The local dining scene offers various options, from Greek and Mediterranean to Mexican, American, Italian and Chinese. Nearby Hunstville has a botanical garden that offers trails and a nature center that is home to butterflies, frogs, and turtles as well as a waterfall, ponds, and vegetation. The U.S. Veterans Memorial Museum is a great history resource and the Madison County Green Mountain Nature Trail provides a natural retreat. Harvest gets higher than the national average of rainfall at 55 inches of rain per year and 5 inches of annual snowfall. The area sees about 202 sunny days during the year, with the July high temperature at 91 degrees and the average January low temperature at 32 degrees.
Most Harvest residents work in sales, office, or administration support occupations, followed by construction, extraction, and maintenance/repair and production, transportation, and material moving jobs. Residential construction is on the rise, and small and medium-sized businesses have been growing. Retail trade has also been expanding, with new stores and restaurants being added to accommodate residential growth. Harvest is approximately 15 miles away from Huntsville, a rising technology, research and high tech manufacturing center. It is known as the Space Capital of America, with NASA operating the George C. Marshall Space Flight Center there, and several technology and aerospace companies have set up operations. They include Lockheed Martin Northrup, Boeing, Teledyne, LG Electronics, and DIRECTV. Besides Hunstville, Harvest residents also commute to Madison. Harvest has two elementary schools, a high school, a special 9th grade-only academy and a private Christian school. Children attending middle school travel to nearby Monrovia or Toney.