Sustainable Family Farm

Recognizing the immense importance of nutrition and education, we have partnered with local organizations and businesses to provide edible gardens and landscaping for low-income, foster, kinship, adoptive, or families and organizations in need. Growing organic produce saves money, enhances nutrition, lowers carbon footprint, and teaches responsibility and togetherness. Families and communities alike benefit from initiatives such as these. We currently operate a nearly 1-acre urban Farm in the heart of Pinellas Park, Florida where we have contributed to the growing and donating of thousands of pounds of fresh produce annually.

Sustainable Family Farm is the perfect place for field trips, individual therapies and services, gatherings, and endless educational opportunities. Our dream is to renovate all structures and buildings on the property to create a community center and educational buildings for programming. We regularly conduct classes and workshops, create access to fresh, healthy food, provide services, and we fulfil a number of local service gaps. Volunteers, students, and community partners have helped us continue to “grow” and expand our dream of maintaining and maximizing this wonderful, historic place and have it be a safe space for all.

Families and communities alike benefit from initiatives such as these. Come join us for a Volunteer Day with your teen, class, company, troop, or service group!

Why We Grow

Incorporating more fresh fruits and vegetables is key to a healthy lifestyle. With obesity at an all-time high in the United States, it is more important than ever to eat a balanced diet. Vitamins and nutrients found in fresh produce are more easily digested and absorbed than artificial supplements. Many children or adults don’t even know what fruits and vegetables look like in raw form or where they come from.
Giving family members hands-on learning opportunities teaches youth and adults where food comes from, how food is created and grown, and gives essential survival tools that translate to a variety of other fields. By providing these different forms of engagement for children, you are increasing their knowledge, awareness, and providing a stronger family bond.
If you look closely, you may find that many of the fruits and vegetables you are purchasing come from other states or countries. The environmental cost of transporting those foods is nearly as bad as the pesticides and mass-production techniques used to yield the foods. When you grow food at home, you can do so organically without the use of harsh chemicals. You also eliminate fossil fuels and emissions from planes, vehicles, machinery, and refrigerated trucks that pollute the air during transport and harvest.
When feeding young children, parents often worry about where their food is coming from, what was used to grow them, and what pesticides or preservatives may have been used to enhance growth or maintain “freshness.” When you grow your own food, you oversee and care for the food from seed to plate.
The benefits of being outdoors in the fresh air are endless. Gardening doesn’t have to be labor intensive. It provides a cognitive break from the everyday grind, and gives time to relax, reset, stretch, and engage in a rewarding activity.
Fresh foods can be expensive and prices change according to season, climate, and demand. Growing your own food can be much more economical. For the cost of one fruit or vegetable, you can buy a whole packet of seeds that will grow much more.
Caring for a garden is a way to build responsibility, togetherness, and personal achievement. Every new leaf, flower, stem, or growth is another source of excitement and satisfaction. This small feat can build self-esteem in adults, teens, and children alike.

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