Urban farm to bring better nutrition to more students

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One in five students in Orange County (Florida) Public Schools is food insecure.

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![1]

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.[2]

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[1] 4RFoundation.org
[2] OrlandoWeekly.com

Alexa Stone
LEED AP, Sustainable Facility Professional, Envision Sustainability Professional - - Alexa has more than 25 years of experience in sustainable and Smart Cities development. Her strategic planning work has served local, state, and federal government, higher education, and private industry. Alexa founded ecoPreserve in 2009 as a team of 3 and has grown the company to over a dozen of the brightest sustainability and project management professionals in the industry.
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