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Porter’s Community Farm participates in Local Food Week


Gainesville’s first urban farm is celebrating Local Food Week with a potluck and barbecue.

Porter’s Community Farm, which was established in fall 2012 by the Florida Organic Growers, is hosting the Porter’s Potluck and BBQ on Saturday at 2 p.m.

FOG’s community food project coordinator Travis Mitchell said the event is an opportunity to invite everyone from the immediate and surrounding communities to come and see the farm’s progress.

“We just started the project this past fall, so there’s still a lot of work to do. But we got a lot done and we want to invite people to come see it and hopefully get excited about maybe getting involved, ” he said.

Mitchell said volunteers have transformed the farm since its opening, and they now have regular volunteer days.

“Pretty much every time we’re out there we’ve got two or three or four people helping us take care of everything,” he said.

Mitchell said FOG hopes the potluck will be a fun, casual affair. There will be a barbecue grill and Mitchell encourages people to bring food from home to put on the grill.

FOG will also provide vegetables fresh from its gardens.

“We’re going to cook up some vegetable from the garden this afternoon to share,” he said.

Sarah Brand wrote this story online.

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