Healthy Central Florida has recently awarded a total of $25,000 worth of grants to 13 organizations for projects to improve healthy food access. In May, 75 people attended a required workshop outlining best practices in the healthy food movement. National food expert, Jessica Donze Black, of the Pew Charitable Trust, was the key presenter along with IDEAS leader Ricardo Williams and East End Market owner John Rife. 28 organizations at the workshop submitted grant applications, incorporating things they’d learned in the workshop. In the end, 13 projects were selected.

IDEAS For Us is excited to announce that the Fleet Farming program was awarded $5,000 from the Healthy Central Florida Foundation innovation grants! The money will help to expand the program to the Winter Park community in the fall of 2014.

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What is Fleet Farming?
– A community-driven, Low-carbon, distributed urban farming model
– Build less than .25 acre home gardens in the community
– Use bike-powered transportation for maintenance and harvest of produce
– Sell produce at local farmers markets, food trucks, and local restaurants

The ‘Fleet Farmer’ name refers to ‘Farmers’ on a ‘Fleet’ of bicycles, helping to manage the grow-to-harvest process of urban farming. These ‘Farmers’ will be made up of IDEAS members from surrounding high schools and universities (i.e. Winter Park HS, UCF, Rollins, Hive Orlando, etc.), and members from partnering organizations. Each ‘Farmer’ will sign-up for a scheduled bike-ride once per week, traveling an average of 8-10 miles from Winter Park Urban Farm to East End Market, and back.