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FOG Learning Garden

Our goal is to facilitate experiential learning by providing structure, encouragement, resources, and discipline to supplement the education afforded by Mother Nature.  We hope that this will be a fun and meaningful experience for the youth involved and that we will continue to operate and expand the program for years to come!

Learning Garden student, Nyla Chapman plants a kale start with Idylwild Elementary teacher Jacqueline Appling, bordered by collard greens (L) and kale (R) grown in the garden. Photographs courtesy of Tyler Jones, UF/IFAS Photographer

To bring closer to fruition the vision of a sustainable food system for the Gainesville community, FOG has commenced the operation of an educational garden in partnership with the community garden in Fred Cone Park and the generous support of Lucky’s Market. Here we immerse students in the wonder of growing their own food and expose them to the life lessons that gardening entails. Children engaged in learning gardens have shown improved performance in school, especially in the field of science. Student gardens have been linked to the establishment of healthier diets and a deeper connection with the environment, thereby addressing chronic issues afflicting youth. Gardening has also been shown to aid in emotional development that helps youth blossom into successful adults.

We hope that the “FOG Learning Garden” will contribute to a robust network of gardens in the neighborhoods of East Gainesville with the support and engagement of community partners like the Greater Duval Community Garden, Eastside High School Institute of Culinary Arts, UF/IFAS Extension Family Nutrition Program, and others. This network will bring greater accessibility to fresh food that is both affordable and familiar to community members. We hope you are as excited as we are, and are grateful to share this journey.

Please contact Tyler at or 352-377-6345 ext. 123 with any inquiries.



Visit FOG’s blog to read more about local food system initiatives and many other topics related to sustainable and organic agriculture.


Generous financial support provided by Lucky’s Market and garden materials donated by Atlantic Design Homes.