As part of the USDA’s Farmer’s Market and Local Food Promotion Program, Fleet Farming has opened a new branch in West Orlando, in the neighborhoods of Parramore and Holden Heights, an amazing community that deserves an urban agriculture program to match. Parramore is currently classified as a low-income food desert where fresh food accessibility is limited. We are bringing our urban agriculture program to this area to farm residential and commercial land. An estimated 10% of our harvest from these plots can be shared with the direct residents of these locations and will also provide excess food to the Parramore Farmers Market at the Orlando City Soccer Stadium.
The market is S.N.A.P. certified, providing an option for residents to purchase food with tokens as a form of government assisted currency. This whole project is supported by our Swarm Rides, free community events in which we invite the community to ride around on bikes to each farm in the neighborhood together, all while teaching urban agriculture skills and environmental/sustainability education.
Free Community Events:
WHEN: Every Friday morning, 9 am to 11 am
WHERE: 626 West South Street, Orlando, FL 32805
WHEN: First Saturday of the month, 9 am to 11 am
WHERE: Kaley Square, 1030 W Kaley Street, Orlando, FL 32805
In partnership with the City of Orlando, Aetna Insurance, and The Edward E. Haddock Jr. Foundation, Fleet Farming and Cycles and Sprouts offer free gardening classes and bike repair. Contact program manager Olivia Blase for more information: [email protected]
WHEN: Tuesdays and Thursdays for after-school youth. Community events every 2nd and 4th Saturday, 4pm to 6pm.
WHERE: Kaley Square, 1030 W. Kaley Street, Orlando, FL 32805