Remington Inn and Suites is a motel unit that is mostly occupied by homeless families and individuals who require immediate access to affordable housing and fresh produce.
The Catalina Elementary School garden helps between 30 and 40 students with disabilities, and we are hoping to fundraise for their after school program for spring 2020.
Carver Middle School is a Title 1 school with a high concentration of low-income students living on or below the federal poverty line. Their goal is to provide quality education to their students through shared responsibility in a safe and supportive environment for all students to meet the challenges of a global society.
Orlando City Soccer Foundation and Orlando Health generously funded a Fleet Farming Garden installation at the OCPS Academic Center for Excellence in Parramore, West Orlando. This school has had edible education since 2016 and now has a weekly gardening club, giving students a chance to have a hands-on learning experience in an outdoor classroom.
Inspiring the next generation to the beauty of growing food and being connected to the Earth is crucial to ensuring a sustainable future for our planet and maximizing accessibility to healthy foods.
Orlando City Soccer Foundation’s generous support of Fleet Farming, along with Dr. Phillips Foundation, has led to gardens being installed at various other beautiful schools.
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Toyota Executives from New York to Japan joined together to grow food for children hungry for a school garden by supporting Fleet Farming with the funds to build a school garden at a 100% free and reduced lunch school, Catalina Elementary in Orlando, Florida.
After a long day of building, planting, and working together, we were able to develop an edible landscape on Catalina’s campus. Lush with a long food forest of fruit trees and 10 raised garden build, students and staff can now engage in edible and educational experiences. Planted with Florida Friendly plant varieties, this space now serves as an outdoor classroom to incorporate hands-on learning for subjects ranging from science to mathematics.
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In 2014, during a community think-and-do tank known locally at The Hive run by the Nonprofit IDEAS For Us, community members gathered to discuss how Orlando, Florida could grow food locally with urban sprawl on the rise. John Rife, Heather Grove and Chris Castro saw an amazing potential to convert underutilized land, lawns, into farms with their very own community who wanted to see this action take root. Community members began to contact the team, donating whatever lawn space they could offer in exchange for 10% of the harvests.
Today, Director Lee Perry is leading a team of “Fleet Farmers” to get active in local urban agriculture, grow food, and supply it to local communities. The project is currently supported by local restaurants such as The Sanctum, Lazy Moon Pizza, and Florida and Co. as well as local farmer’s markets in Audubon Park, Winter Park, and soon to be Parramore.
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. W
e 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.