Our current food system is full of inefficiencies, many of which stem from fossil fuel use during food production and transportation. The typical American meal travels an average of 1,500 miles from farm to table. In the US, we expend ten calories of fossil fuel energy in the atmosphere for every calorie of food we consume due to the transportation of the produce. Meanwhile, lawns are one of the largest sources of U.S. pollution. 40-million acres of grass lawns absorb three million tons of chemical fertilizers and 30-thousand tons of pesticides each year while requiring 800 million gallons of gasoline for mowing. That’s why we transform these wasteful lawns into sustainable farm plots with produce sold to local vendors within a 5-mile radius.
Each branch hosts SWARM Rides, which are free community events within the vicinity of the local farmlettes. These events lead volunteers on bicycles to engage in farming within residential neighborhoods to learn how to farm their own lawns. In conjunction with SWARM Rides, we offer Internships that can be used as school credit towards college degrees. Our programs and events provide important educational tools imperative for social change and national food security. Together, we can preserve the knowledge of how to feed oneself while providing healthy produce to local communities. Every neighborhood deserves the right to have healthy options in abundance right outside their front doors.
Urban agriculture stimulates the local economy by providing interest to businesses that are joining in the local food movement. Whether it’s local restaurants that are cycling in local food into their menus, or small businesses at farmers’ markets that are a part of bringing interest to communal shopping, our communities are catching on to the taste of organically grown food that is good for both ourselves and our environment. With the average age of a U.S. farmer at 58 years old (USDA 2012 Census), Fleet Farming is training the next generation farmers through our SWARM Rides and our internship program, ensuring a future of food producers.
Transform your lawn into a farmlette to help the community access fresh, local food. A farmlette is a lawn converted into a productive farm plot that our team fully maintains via bicycles. We grow food for local vendors and SNAP Certified Farmer’s Markets while sharecropping with our Farmlette Hosts. Submit an inquiry to donate your lawn to add to a local branch or to start the “buzz” in your area. Our farmlettes must be at least 500 square-feet, receive eight hours of sunlight, have access to a water source, and be at least 2 years without chemical sprays (approved by a soil test).
We host free community biking and farming events, every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month, called SWARM Rides. We meet at a centralized location close to our farmlettes and bike out together, much like a swarm of bees, to farm on the lawns throughout the neighborhood. This is crucial to our initiative of mobilizing people together and generating community amongst volunteers and neighbors.
These rides are currently only available in Orlando. Meet at East End Market from 9-11:30am, bring your bike, water, hat, and a snack. All tools and gloves are provided. All information is provided on our Facebook Page under the “events” tab.Apply to donate your lawn
Edible Landscapes serve those outside of our biking range so that you can grow and harvest food for your personal family and friends. We install easy to maintain, long lasting, raised garden beds that you can have fitted with automatic drip irrigation and hardy plant varieties. Edible Landscapes also offer installations of food forests. A food forest is a diverse planting of edible plants that mimic ecosystems and patterns found in nature. Choose from a wide variety of fruit trees (such as banana, mango, papaya, avocado), perennial vegetables, herbs, and edible shrubs. Please contact us below to bring edible landscaping to your home or business.Click here to learn more
Learn how to Grow Food, Not Lawns from the Fleet Farming team. Fleet Education offers educational services for your office, school, group, or organization. We offer hour-long engaging presentations and Q&A sessions that bring Fleet Farming to you to discuss the environmental reasons for why we Fleet Farm, and how you can engage in agriculture, too. Looking to engage your group hands-on? We also offer private farming events, which are team-building educational urban agriculture experiences in Orlando, Florida. This option includes a walk or bike down “Fleet Street,” thirty minutes of education on how/why we farm, and one hour of urban farming. Please contact us below to send an inquiry to our Fleet Education team.Request an Educator
W. Orlando Branch Manager
E. Orlando Farming Coordinator
Elise de Cuba
E. Orlando Farming Coordinator
Orlando Install Coordinator