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~Porters Community Farm~

Travis Mitchell, community food project coordinator with the Florida Certified Organic Growers, poses at the soon-to-be community garden on a plot of land in the Porters neighborhood in Gainesville. Credit: Brad McClenny/Staff photographer, Gainesville Sun

Thanks to the generous support of many funders, Porters Community Farm was established in the fall of 2012 in the Porters neighborhood of downtown Gainesville. As Gainesville’s first urban farm, the main component of the Porters Community Farm is ten 55 foot rows that are being intensively grown to help supply fresh organic vegetables to the nearby St. Francis House for the Homeless. In addition to providing shelter to the homeless in our community, St. Francis House also operates a soup kitchen that supplies lunch to 200 individuals every day. Currently kale, broccoli, cauliflower, mustard greens, collards, strawberries, lettuces, arugula, and sugar snap peas are growing at the farm.  It is the goal of the farm to supply 1 ton of fresh vegetables to St. Francis and other local charities annually.

Along with sections of the farm managed to provide food for the needy, the farm also hosts a community garden currently consisting of six 4 x 8 feet raised beds. While the median household income is $27,420 in Gainesville at large, the families of the Porters community have a median income of just $13,284. The community garden hopes to serve as a remedy to at least some of the hunger needs of this poverty stricken community.

WE LOVE OUR VOLUNTEERS!

If you would like to help out at Porters Community Farm, we’d love to have you! Our volunteer times are as follows:

Monday: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Tuesday: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM 

Friday: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

 

Click here to see the list of funders>>

One of our trusty garden hands poses in front of the Cow Pea cover crop.

Porters in the News:

10/19/2012 – “Locals partnering up to grow food for those in need” – video on WUFT.

9/8/2012 – “Porters garden brings fresh veggies to area” – article on Gainesville Sun.

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