Access to healthy, affordable food is vital for a sustainable community. A strong local food system improves health, promotes equity, and strengthens our economy. The Office of Sustainability & Resilience works with the Healthy St. Pete Initiative team and urban agriculture stakeholders to collaborate on community wide access to food & nutrition.
There is a rising demand for sustainably produced, local food in cities. In response, St. Petersburg City Council approved related ordinance amendments to expand opportunities for the production and sale of locally grown produce. The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension maintains a site of resources for people interested in learning more about urban agriculture, or view St. Pete’s Guide to Growing Urban Agriculture.
A community garden allows the growing, harvesting, and retail sale of edible fruits and vegetables, and other products intended for consumption by neighboring residents and community members. Community gardens are allowed in all zoning districts as a principal use, subject to administrative approval. A permit is required to establish a community garden on vacant property. The initial permit fee is $50 and renewal is $10 every year. For more information, contact DevRev@StPete.org.
St. Pete Youth Farm
Empowering youth to lead urban agriculture projects with community guidance and resources has proven to be a successful strategy in youth, workforce, and neighborhood development. At the St. Pete Youth Farm, young participants start as workers, then become mentors, managers, and eventually food systems leaders. They learn through experience, implement real-world business principles, and serve the local community. For more information and opportunities to get involved, visit the St. Pete Youth Farm site.