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 & Resiliency works with the Healthy St. Pete Initiative team and urban agriculture stakeholders to collaborate on community wide access to food & nutrition. Check out this Guide to Growing Urban Agriculture in St. Pete.
Pinellas County Urban Agriculture Map
The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension Pinellas County created a map of all urban gardens and farm initiatives in Pinellas County called the Pinellas County Urban Agriculture Map.
Enoch Davis Youth Farm
Empowering youth to lead urban agriculture projects under community guidance and resources has proven to be a successful strategy in youth, workforce, and neighborhood development. Participants from 7th grade through college, start as workers, then become mentors, managers and eventually food systems leaders. They learn through experience, implement real world business principles, serve the local community and could even generate a profit through onsite sales.
Youth Farm will include five key components:
- Entrepreneurship Experience and Training – Youth will learn essential business skills as they form a business plan, market the produce, sell the produce, and manage their accounts. Workforce readiness will include training in key soft skills - communication, dressing for success, maintaining a work ethic, etc.
- Youth Leadership Development – Empowered to be leaders on the farm, youth will be making daily operational and big picture decisions such as serving on steering committees, pitching new ideas, and learning essential leadership and team-building skills.
- Food Systems Training and Education – Health and nutrition education involves sustainable urban agriculture experience and learning to address social and health challenges relating to the food system.
- Culinary Training – Youth will learn to prepare nutritious and delicious meals and follow best practices for food safety.
- Pay and Recognition – All participants will have opportunities to either receive financial compensation through youth stipends, youth business profits, or Time Bank credits they can trade for goods or services. All hours devoted to the project will be logged and recognized. Youth leaders are encouraged to include experiences on a student’s resume and/or be used towards required volunteer hours (for graduation or Bright Futures).
A community committee with 40+ community partners has been meeting since October 2018 to take the project from vision to implementation at the Enoch Davis Recreation Center. Working groups have formed around youth engagement and project marketing, site planning and development, educational development for a 2019 summer pilot, and needed legal agreements. Youth and adult leaders who are interested in taking an active role in the project are invited to contact Robyn Keefe at firstname.lastname@example.org or (727) 892-5255.
Visit the Office of Sustainability & Resiliency Get Involved page for more information on participating in urban agriculture or other sustainability initiatives.