Hyper Local Food For All

Fleet Farming was designed to impact communities

Who We Are

Fleet Farming is a program of IDEAS For Us. IDEAS For Us (IDEAS) is an Orlando-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and accredited NGO of the United Nations. IDEAS creates global environmental solutions through local action. Our mission is to develop, fund and scale solutions to the world’s most pressing environmental and social challenges. Our vision is to contribute to a future where humanity thrives in harmony with nature and in peace with one another. Our urban farmers are comprised of local residents, just like you. Whether you are one of our community urban farmers, a local business owner, farmer’s market goer, or financial supporter, you become a vital member in growing food, not lawns for a more sustainable world.

Why We Farm

We need local food now. Cities all around the world are facing the global challenge of food security. In America, communities are striving to come together for something larger than themselves. If we as a society can join together to rethink an underutilized resource right in own front lawns, then we can be apart of the mission to feed our communities without harming our environment in the process. We are passionate about reducing water consumption, CO2 emissions, and gasoline reliance. We strive to empower local residents with the tools and the knowledge to create and maintain a shareable hyperlocal produce for neighborhoods to thrive.

Where We're Doing It

Currently based and operating in neighborhoods around Orlando, FL, Fleet Farming is built on locality. Our produce is hyperlocal and does not travel the typical 1,500-mile route from farm to plate. Everything we grow is sold at local farmers markets and restaurants within a 3-mile radius! Where do we grow our produce? Fleet Farming transforms neighborhood lawns into community-driven urban farm plots. This means front, back, and side lawns on residential, business, or communal land. We pride ourselves on increasing food accessibility, and reducing waste and the environmental impact of food production.

Environmental Change

Our current food system is full of inefficiencies many of which stem from fossil fuel use during production and transportation. The typical American meal travels an average of 1,500 mile from farm to table. In the US, we expel 10 calories of fossil fuel energy in the atmosphere for every calorie of food we consume due to the transportation of the produce. Lawns are one of the largest sources of pollution in the US. With 40 million acres of lawns, they absorb three million tons of chemical fertilizers and 30,000 tons of pesticides while using 800 million gallons of gasoline for mowing per year. Fleet Farming transforms unproductive, wasteful lawns into community-driven urban farm plots. Rather than traveling 1,500 miles from farm to plate, our produce is hyper-local. Everything we grow is sold at local farmers markets and restaurants within a 5-mile radius!

Social Change

Each branch hosts bi-weekly Swarm Rides which are free community events within vicinity to the farmlettes in the area. These events lead dozens of volunteers throughout the neighborhood and farm the donated lawns along the way. Upon doing this, local residents can ask the Fleet Farming team any questions they might have with regards to their own gardens at home and can obtain free advice if they would like to farm their own lawns. In between the Swarm Rides, the branch runs with the help of interns who help maintain the farmlettes in exchange for school credit which can be applied towards their degree. The skills obtained from our free Swarm Rides, as well as the linked internship programs, provide important educational tools imperative for social change and national security. People must preserve the knowledge of how to feed themselves while providing healthy vegetables options in abundance to their communities. Fleet Farming believes that every neighborhood deserves the right to have healthy produce in abundance right outside their front doors.

Economical Change

Urban agriculture stimulates the local economies by providing interest to businesses that are joining in the local food movement. Whether it be restaurants who are cycling in local food into their menus or small businesses at farmer’s markets who are apart of bringing interest to communal shopping. Our communities are catching on to the taste of organically grown food that is good for ourselves and our environment. With the average age of a U.S. farmer is 58 yrs old (USDA ‘12 Census), Fleet Farming is training the next-generation farmers through our “Swarm Rides” and our internship program, ensuring a future of food producers.

Our Farmers

Chris Castro

Founder

Lee Perry

Program Director

Caroline Chomanics

Program Manager

Michael Gutierrez

W. Orlando Branch Manager

Leticia Sommerlatte

E. Orlando Branch Manager

Bradley Holcomb

Orlando Install Coordinator

Grant Shaw

Orlando Install Coordinator

Ernest Calderon

Media Manager

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