City of Orlando Expands Urban Agriculture Program as Food Demand Rises During Pandemic – Central Florida News – Health
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The City of Orlando is expanding its urban agriculture program on vacant lots in Parramore.
Through @ citybeautiful’s partnership with Infinite Zion Farms, South Street Farm gives over 100 residents access to fresh produce. Today @ReginaHillFL and I toured the farm that turned an empty Parramore property into a place where residents in their neighborhood can harvest produce. pic.twitter.com/CodlIeVcf8
– Mayor Buddy Dyer (@orlandomayor) April 6, 2021
Mayor Buddy Dyer and Commissioner Regina Hill discussed opening three new urban farms by the fall when they planted peppers in a raised bed on South Street Farm.
Hill said the community farms will be located near the Callahan Neighborhood Center.
“Right across the street are young African American students who come here with our Infinite Zion Farms and cultivate the land and learn how to access and how to eat healthily.”
Ray Warthen, founder of Infinite Zion Farms, runs the South Street Farm. He says these community gardens, along with the educational component, are needed to feed the residents.
Warthen says they distributed around 2,000 pounds of food to 100 residents during the pandemic.
“When COVID-19 hit last year, the demand was for older nursing homes. And we’ve donated to other nonprofits as well. “
Warthen, who started his business after his father died of cancer, says food can heal.
“And I have a gentleman who lives here behind us and has some complaints. And I’ll make it a kale pineapple mite. It’s a kale and pineapple juice. Instead of dynamite, I call it pina mite. So I make a kale-apple juice and a kale-pineapple juice and the kale is made here from the garden. “
The city will also expand its Parramore Community Garden after receiving a $ 50,000 grant from the Orlando Regional Realtor Association.