Urban farm to bring better nutrition to more students
Orlando, Florida, is about to experience a better food future. An urban farm, the 4Roots Farm Campus, will bring the “four roots” of education, health, economic development, and sustainability to a district now under construction near downtown.
The 4Roots Foundation, a sustainable agriculture initiative of 4 Rivers Restaurants, is collaborating with the Plant Science & Agricultural Technology Program of Valencia College. Their work will be a proving ground for solutions to global needs for feeding hungry children, avoiding diet-related illnesses, limiting the use of chemical pesticides, and wasting food. In the U.S., 30% of the food supply is wasted, even as 41 million Americans are “food insecure” — lacking consistent access to food!
The 4Roots Farm Campus will yield local food to nourish local children. It will become a community crossroads for agricultural education and innovation. Local farmers and agriculture students will have an outdoor laboratory for technical innovation. It’s envisioned as a $30 million project that will be completed in about five years.