WUFT News

Gainesville farm grows vegetables for local soup kitchen

By and on December 5th, 2012

Gainesville’s first urban farm is putting a charitable spin on the farm-to-table concept by donating locally grown vegetables to a Gainesville homeless shelter and soup kitchen.

The newly established Porters Community Farm, located in Porters neighborhood in downtown Gainesville, has set out to supply one ton of fresh vegetables to St. Francis and other local charities annually.

“We’re trying to create a supply of fresh vegetables for them,” project manager Travis Mitchell said. “We’re using a lot of volunteers, but we did an online fundraiser in the fall to raise funds for a little bit of staff time and to cover all of the materials costs and what not.”

Mitchell said he has already raised more than $12,000 in donations toward this project. He said he’s reaching out to the whole community for help.

“We’re also going to be experimenting with growing some things for market (to) hopefully kind of create enough money coming in where we can really make sure that the project can continue for indefinitely,” he said.

Volunteer Shelia Pain said the most rewarding experience for her is donating food she grew herself. She said the food quality in the shelters “is going down.”

“It was all canned vegetables,” she said. “I thought what can we do?”

To donate to Porters Community Farm or volunteer, visit Florida Organic Growers.


This entry was posted in Environment, Local and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.
 

More Stories in Environment

fruit drop

Citrus Greening Continues To Plague Florida Orange Groves

Described as one of the worst diseases to ever hit Florida orange groves, citrus greening is costing the state’s general fund $5.75 million. If the disease is not curbed it could be detrimental to Florida’s agriculture and economy.


Tri-State Group Unanimously Backs Plan For River System

Fifty-six people from Florida, Georgia and Alabama unanimously approved of a new sustainable water management plan. They issued their recommendations even as Florida sues Georgia, with Florida’s government arguing that too much water is being siphoned off upstream.


Doug Hornbeck walks with mourners through the woods during his mother’s funeral at Prairie Creek Conservation Cemetery. Courtesy of Doug Hornbeck.

Florida Cemetery Offers Environmental Burial Options

North Central Florida Cemetery is the only cemetery in Florida that allows people to be buried on protected land. One of the cemetery’s focuses is being environmentally friendly.


Legislature Proposes Reallocating Amendment 1 Funds

The Florida Legislature has proposed spending money earmarked for conservation in other places. The legislature recommended spending between $8 to $10 million of the $750 million conservation funds on land buys.


This palm tree has yellow, dying leaves which is a symptom of potassium and magnesium deficiencies that was caused by fertilizing this palm with turf fertilizer. This is a very common problem in Florida landscapes and Broschat’s research has provided a way to prevent it. Photo courtesy of Tim Broschat

UF Professor Develops Fertilizer For Healthier Palms, Soil And Water

Tim Broschat, a University of Florida environmental horticulture professor, developed a palm fertilizer suitable for Florida’s soil that could also reduce water pollution during the summer. At this time, his fertilizer is only available for commercial landscapers.


Thank you for your support

WUFT depends on the support of our community — people like you — to help us continue to provide quality programming to North Central Florida.
Become a Sustainer
I want to support FM 89.1/NPR
I want to support Florida's 5/PBS
Donate a Vehicle
Underwriting Payments