Alachua County, in partnership with Florida Organic Growers, Abundant Edible Landscapes, UF Young Entrepreneurs in Leadership and Sustainability, Home Depot and the Downtown Rotary Club, will plant an organic demonstration garden Saturday, July 10, 2010, at the County Administration Building on the corner of University Ave. and Main St. in Downtown Gainesville. The public is invited to view the planting and attend an address by community leaders with refreshments provided from local business owners at 10 a.m.
The Downtown Farmer’s Garden’s purpose is to provide food and inspire citizens to substitute purely ornamental plants with an edible landscapes. The area will be a living classroom for growing organic fruits and vegetables while providing fresh, healthy and local food to nutritionally disadvantaged communities. For the community, growing more fruits and vegetables locally reduces energy consumption and increases the area’s self sufficiency. Growing food is a critical part of building a resource efficient Alachua County.
This demonstration garden was made possible by a $4,000 donation from the Downtown Rotary Club and partnerships with Florida Organic Growers and Abundant Edible Landscapes to help plant and harvest.
For more information, contact Virgil Mathis (386) 538-1025.