Healthy Harvest Community Farms supports the Southwest Florida community by growing and donating locally grown produce to those in need. Additionally, HHCF supports the community by providing educational opportunities for children and adults through local schools, churches and community organizations in learning how to grow and plant their own gardens as sustainable sources of nutritious produce.
This initiative is being modeled and implemented in Southwest, FL. Community members, schools, churches and organizations are passionate about supporting and advancing commerce, culture, and the sense of community. We actively work toward these goals through specific community programs, economic development, support of local art and culture, and general community engagement. This environment creates the perfect conditions for the incubation of the Urban Farming Initiative and the creation of living classrooms that will serve both the local community as well as other communities seeking to replicate the model.
Permaculture (permanent agriculture) is the conscious design and maintenance of agriculturally productive ecosystems which have the diversity, stability and resilience of natural ecosystems. Urban Gardening has spread across the globe and there are now millions of people practicing and teaching Urban Gardening principles and design. The idea behind permaculture in urban areas is to replicate or mimic the natural systems and environments, while using modern techniques of horticulture, architecture and agriculture to enhance and yield edible food supplies. We consciously design landscapes which mimic the patterns and relationships found in nature, while yielding an abundance of food, fiber and energy for provision of local needs. Permaculture can be thought of as the use of our systems and design principles which provide the framework for implementing the above vision.
Our gardens are available to schools, organizations and teaching kitchens alike with hands-on nutrition education. We know that communities currently struggle with obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes derived from the severed relationship with our food system. Very few people today understand where their food is coming from or what is in it. Most Americans consume a diet of processed and preserved food that has been manufactured all over the world. Our goal at Healthy Harvest Community Farms is to reintroduce to our communities the notion of homegrown food; what it looks like, how it is grown, and how to incorporate it into their diet in order to live healthier lives.
Finally, it is our goal to use the produce grown within our farms to supply the needs of local businesses and restaurants therefore providing direct income from the project for future sustainability. Food that is grown locally and consumed soon after harvest is higher in nutritional value than anything that can be purchased in stores. By using produce grown just blocks away, local restaurants will be able to offer food and products that have increased nutritional and add local economic value. They will also see a direct benefit by marketing that it is locally grown and produced which will not only add value but will help bolster the local economy and help grow a healthier community.
When you volunteer with us, you will need to download these forms, fill them out and return them prior to your start date.
We appreciate your time and service!
We are looking for a few good sponsors. With our courage and passion behind us, and new resources at our command, we will stop at nothing less than being the best in our 'field'.
DTN: 2958876 License #: CH48379
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