The City of Orlando has been awarded a $250,000 grant from the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Farmer’s Market Promotion Program (FMPP) to increase access to local and healthy food options in West Orlando.
The City of Orlando was one of only three projects in Florida to receive funding. The grant will fund three major new initiatives in addition to creating new jobs for neighborhood residents. The grant initiatives include:
- Creating 10-15 “farmlettes” in residents’ front yards, creating a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program based on the Fleet Farming model
- Launching a Farmer’s Market at Orlando City Soccer Club’s new stadium in Parramore, which will feature foods locally grown in the area
- Teaching neighborhood residents about nutrition and healthy cooking in partnership with Hebni Nutrition
As Orlando’s Mayor mentioned in the City’s report, “This grant will help support our continued efforts to transform our urban environment and make our City more liveable and sustainable…Local food production through this program will not only further our sustainability goals, but also help us to expand food access in neighborhoods that need it most.”