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.
Community Farm Share
Center of Excellence for Conservation & Preservation
OCPS Partners in Education
OCPS Partners in Education
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)
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
Collaboration to serve the next generation:
Director of Government & Industry Relations, Disney
President & CEO, Freshpoint
Central Florida Market President, SunTrust
Central FL Market President, Florida Blue
CEO, Second Harvest Food Bank
Chairman & CEO, Massey Services, Inc.
Senior Managing Director, Tavistock Group
Partner, Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor, & Reed
Founder & VP of Community Relations,
Orlando City Soccer
Founder & CEO, 4R Restaurant Group
CEO, RiverBridge Capital
Sr. Pastor, First Presbyterian Church of Orlando
CEO, AdventhHealth Integrated Health Services