IDEAS For Us
IDEAS For Us | July 8, 2015

Healthy Central FL Furthers Urban Farming through Fleet Fruits

The USDA just announced a new funding opportunity this week, through which they will allot $800,000 to local food initiatives. While federal support of localization is something we should all be grateful for, we are even more proud and appreciative of the support from our very own community!

Ecstatic about our accomplishments made in our first year!

Ecstatic about our accomplishments made in our first year!

This past month, Fleet Farming was awarded $2,500 from the Healthy Central Florida Foundation (HCF) to further the reach of the new urban fruit gleaning concept, Fleet Fruits. HCF and community partners, Florida Hospital and Winter Park Health Foundation, have been vital to the success of Fleet Farming, as well as many other community initiatives. Fleet Farming was originally granted $5,000 from HCF last June to launch Fleet Farming. Since then, the relationships that have formed from this network have affirmed even more faith in the power of partnerships to accelerate change.

The 2015 Healthy Central Florida Innovator Grantees

The 2015 Healthy Central Florida Innovator Grantees

Anyone who has applied for a federal grant will tell you that it’s no walk in the park, so it’s so important that understaffed change-making organizations have the opportunity to apply for local grant opportunities like this one. IDEAS For Us Co-Founder, Chris Castro, says “We are grateful and delighted to be awarded this grant and to continue working with HCF on expanding innovative urban agriculture models in Central Florida!”

-Heather Grove
Program Coordinator, Fleet Farming

Check out the video below for more information on the grant program.

Chris Castro, IDEAS For Us Co-Founder and Heather Grove, Program Coordinator. Photograph by Ricardo Williams

Chris Castro, IDEAS For Us Co-Founder and Heather Grove, Program Coordinator. Photograph by Ricardo Williams