We are committed to building vibrant communities and stronger, healthier lives through a focus on healthy community programs, donation and support programs, and special events.
WITH HEALTH AT THE FOREFRONT OF OUR MISSION, THE 4R FOUNDATION IS COMMITTED TO ENGAGING OUR COMMUNITIES WITH THEIR FOOD SYSTEM, INCREASING ACCESS TO HEALTHY FOOD OPTIONS, AND SOCIAL INSPIRATION TO MAKE HEALTHY CHOICES.
4R Farms will cultivate and process healthy, safe edible crops. Operation of its central hydroponic farm, cooperative food-processing center, and coordinated network of community and urban gardens will enhance the region’s ability to grow and distribute fresh produce to local businesses and organizations.
Employing progressive farming techniques, students will engage in a hands on learning experience. The produce grown in the school greenhouses will be processed onsite, by students, and served in their school lunches. Currently, Ocoee High School has been designated to launch this program beginning with the 2016-17 school year. At least two other high schools will follow once the Ocoee program is in full operation.
4R Farms will direct various agricultural training programs for local farmers, interested community members, and school programs. Currently, the 4R Foundation has partnered with UF IFAS and OCPS to develop the curriculum for and conduct an agriculture elective program in three Central Florida high schools. This partnership will create a platform for ongoing study, teaching and research in the areas of agriculture, botany, business, logistics, entrepreneurship, cooking, and food preparation.
The 4R Farms Fresh Connect Network will create substantial economic improvement in Central Florida. Purchasing the farm’s produce enhances the velocity of Central Florida’s agriculture market by retaining the circulation of money within the community. Likewise, 4R Farms will generate numerous job opportunities while producing a skilled workforce needed to fulfill those jobs.
The 4R Farms Fresh Connect Network will employ an innovative approach to farming. We have engineered an original hydroponic grow system for the farm which will maximize food crop production using minimal land. This innovative system will offer several advantages compared to traditional soil based farming. Reduced water consumption, advanced environmental control, and annual growing capabilities all contribute to better tasting, sustainable, and economically friendly fresh food for the community. Ongoing research will be conducted to perfect these progressive farming techniques as the farm expands its produce variety and increases production.