Due to lack of financial resources, Porters Community Farm is closed indefinitely. We are thankful for the support in the effort and proud we were able to turn an abandoned lot into a thriving community space that served the local Porters community near downtown Gainesville and serve as an example for others.
While we were able to provide thousands of pounds of fresh produce to the St. Francis House, a transitional home serving the homeless, we were also able to create a community garden and host numerous tours, groups and events. It is our hope that we will be able to re-open a community focused farm in the near future and continue to serve others.
ABOUT PORTERS COMMUNITY FARM
The primary mission of the Porters Community Farm was to grow crops and supply fresh organic vegetables to the St. Francis House – a transitional home for the homeless – which is only a few blocks away.
Early in the fall of 2012, we hosted a fundraising campaign to raise money for the Farm. Thanks to the support from the community, were able to surpass our $12,000 goal.
In the fall of 2014, we launched the Porters Youth Gardening Project. Youth from the Porters Community Center, located just across the street from the Farm, spent one afternoon each week learning about the science and practice of growing vegetables.
The Farm also included a community garden with plots available for members of the surrounding Porters neighborhood and the community at large. While the median household income is $27,420 in Gainesville, the families of the Porters community have a median income of just $13,284. The community garden was free to use.
It was only with volunteer support that the Farm was able to operate and donate organically grown vegetables to those in need. Volunteers have contributed over 2,500 hours to the Farm. We partnered with local organizations and student groups to provide volunteer opportunities through our workdays.
Thank you to FOG supporter Sami Kattan with Cambio de Juego for putting together this short video on Porters Community Farm.