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Who we are


  

  

  

 

 

 

  

  

  

  

  

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Who we are


  

  

  

 

 

 

  

  

  

  

  

 

We are an urban farm and agriculture center in the heart of Orlando, FLorida, working to reduce food insecurity.

We create EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS, jobs AND market opportunities to support our state's food and agriculture sectors.

 
 
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Mission


Mission


Let’s return to our roots

 
 

4Roots Farm and Agriculture Center will be a fresh food hub providing produce to select Orange County Public School (OCPS) campuses, 4R Smokehouses, and AdventHealth locations. The income generated from 4Roots Farm will provide resources for curriculum development and funding for the redevelopment and construction of greenhouses at several OCPS high schools, and will assist the underserved and food desert areas in the Central Florida community. The 4Roots site will include a working lab for students to continue the agricultural education initiated at their schools and serve as a gathering place and training facility for small and mid-sized farmers interested in learning the latest growing techniques.

 
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Our Roots


OUR ROOTS  

  

Our Roots


OUR ROOTS  

  

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EDUCATION

Students

Farmers

Community

                                                                                                         

Inspiration

Critical Training

Mentorship

Innovation

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HEALTH

Access

On-Site Clinic

Nutritional Education

                         

                            

Production

Distribution

Cooking Classes

Health Assessment

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ECONOMY

Job Creation

Co-op Network

Social Reinvestment

 

Farmer Incubator

Network Co-op

Internships

Profit Share

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SUSTAINABILITY

Responsible Farming

Land Conservation

Local Maximization

                                                                                                  Alternative Farming

Community Farm Share

Center of Excellence for Conservation & Preservation

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Education Partners


OCPS Partners in Education

Education Partners


OCPS Partners in Education

 

High School Partners

Orange County Public Schools (OCPS)

The goal of 4Roots Farm at OCPS high schools is to encourage students to set their sights on careers as farmers, business owners and industry leaders in agriculture and food industries in the State of Florida. As the school farms become established, The 4R Foundation will direct students to the larger 4Roots Farm and Agriculture Center, where they will gain practical work experience and an opportunity to build a career in agriculture.

Ocoee High School (OHS)
The 4R Foundation invested $60,000 to renovate a shade house and a greenhouse, as well as install new vertical growing systems for the Horticulture Department at OHS. The foundation also supported the development of a horticulture science curriculum to complement existing coursework in ag-technology and entrepreneurship. Now, students can learn more about the food system and their role within it by growing food both in-ground and hydroponically. Additionally, the students enjoy hands-on experiential learning related to food safety, processing, packaging, and service. Food grown and harvest from the horticulture program is processed and served in the OHS cafeteria.

  • Renovated shade- and green- houses + installation of new vertical growing systems

  • Developed horticulture science curriculum to complement coursework in ag-technology and entrepreneurship

  • Hosting collaborative experiential learning events (ex. Cucumber Crunch)

 
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Edgewater High School (EHS)
The 4R Foundation raised approximately $500,000 to construct a greenhouse, raised beds, facilities for food processing and storage at EHS. Key funding partners include Dr. Phillips Charities, Kiwanis Club of Orlando Foundation, and Florida Blue Foundation. EHS is developing a new Horticulture Science Department, which will complement the school’s existing Science, Technology, and Engineering Magnet Program, to encourage students to pursue careers in agri-science. This program will launch Fall 2019.

  • Constructing a greenhouse, raised beds, and processing & storage facility

  • Developing a horticulture science curriculum to complement engineering magnet program

  • Planning dedication event to kick off new farming and agriculture program

 
 
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Community Partners


PARTnERS

Community Partners


PARTnERS

OUR COMMUNITY PARTNERS

Collaboration to serve the next generation:

 
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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 
 

Chuck Allison

Owner, Wild Goose Farms

Robert Gordon

President & CEO, Freshpoint

Sandy Hostetter

Central Florida Market President, SunTrust

Barbara Jenkins

Superintendent, OCPS

Tony Jenkins

Central FL Market President, Florida Blue

Dave Krepcho

CEO, Second Harvest Food Bank

Harvey Massey

Chairman & CEO, Massey Services, Inc.

Douglas McMahon

Senior Managing Director, Tavistock Group

 

Greg McNeil

Partner, Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor, & Reed

Kay Rawlins

Founder & VP of Community Relations,

Orlando City Soccer

John Rivers

Founder & CEO, 4R Restaurant Group

Ken Robinson

CEO, Dr. Phillips, Inc.

Tom Sittema

CEO, RiverBridge Capital

David Swanson

Sr. Pastor, First Presbyterian Church of Orlando

Michael Thompson

CEO, AdventhHealth Integrated Health Services

 

 
 

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