Open House Fun


What a great time we had last Saturday when over 200 people came to see our Farm to School to Work Hub!  There was delicious food, interesting garden demonstrations, a fun honeybee presentation, and lot of great networking and communing by folks interested in building a healthy local food system while creating jobs for people looking for good work.

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Melissa explains worm composting

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David and Matt staff the info booth

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Kale salad taste test with school dietitian Eunshil and Matt

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Good eats at Berry Good Farms “On the Go” food truck.

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Return of the honeybees

A big thanks to all the folks who came out to see what our students are doing in this program and to learn about our hopes for the future!

And to the vendors who helped draw the crowd and create a fun, festive, and informative atmosphere: Forage Farms, Berry Good Farms, Sun State Organics, Gainesville Compost, Fat Tuscan Catering, 10-Can Wounded Veterans, The Real Deal, and Chappie McChesney.

And to our sweet musicians – Florida Pure and Simple – who “played for food” and created just the right soundtrack.


Chappie’s Bees


We we were so fortunate to have a visit recently from Chappie McChesney, bee expert and enthusiast. He shared his knowledge about the wonders of bees, beekeeping and honey production, and the students were enthralled!

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Chappie is returning on Saturday to repeat this fun presentation for folks coming to our Open House.  The honey bee presentation will be at 12:15, and he has a special surprise for children. So, if you are local, come on over!

The Farm to School to Work Hub at the Old Horizon Center: 2820 NW 8th Avenue, Gainesville.

Open House – Mark your calendars!

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The Farm to School to Work Hub is hosting an Open House on Saturday, April 9, from 11-2!

Come tour the beautiful gardens that are producing food for our school lunchrooms and teaching students and staff county-wide about a healthy local food system. Get tips for growing your own garden, grab a bite to eat, purchase plants, get a close-up look at honeybees, learn more about compost systems, and find out how a comprehensive food systems program can bring good nutrition and hands-on education to students by connecting to the real world of food production – from seed to farm to plate.




Eagle Nursery, a landscape nursery staffed by adults with disabilities, is on the same property and will be open for business. Their staff is eager to show you their beautiful landscape and food plants.




GARDEN TOURS: Ongoing, by Growing Education Training (GET) students

We are located at the very east end of NE 8th Avenue at the old Horizon Center (2802 NE 8th Avenue. It’s going to be a great day!