Urban Farming Project . . . . . .
The Urban Farming Project is located at 150 NE 3rd Street, downtown Boynton Beach. A 2009 partnership with the University of Florida through the Palm Beach County Extension Office, the farming project is now a community resource that provides fresh, all naturally grown, produce
- to our frail and elderly shut-ins in the Heart of Boynton through our Senior Veggie Mobile Program;
- for our nutrition and food preservation classes;
- for our food pantry and our hunger programs helping to address food security issues through its organic food packages and affordable food packages offered each month;
- used to educate the community regarding Hunger and Justice Issues through
* the Taste History Culinary Tours sponsored by Macy's,
* our Child Nutrition Educational Program called "5-A-Day" a 10 week
planting to harvest inter-active program;
- provides community service hours for students;
- helps to create jobs and provides job training opportunities.
This program is a unique and innovative model that integrates social service programs and economic development by addressing root causes of poverty relating to the access to healthy and affordable food. Our social services and economic development programs are located in a poverty area of Boynton Beach, known as the Heart of Boynton. The Heart of Boynton has recently been identified as a “Food Dessert” by the United States Department of Agriculture.
A typical CSA pacakge (pictured) right out of our garden, grown all naturally (not certified yet), includes cabbage, yellow squash, zucchini and squash flowers, tomatoes, strawberries, Romaine and red leafy lettuces, cauliflower, broccoli, peppers, green onions, eggplant, spaghetti squash, watermelon, mustard greens, okra, beans, herbs and sunflowers.