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Saturday, October 18, 2014

2014 Annual Jacksonville Seed Swap and Community Garden Expo

The 2014 Annual Jacksonville Seed Swa and Community Garden Expo will be held on Saturday, December 6th from 10 am to 1pm at the Pearce Street Community Garden. We will have more details soon, but are excited to have the date set!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Exciting News about Friends of Northeast Florida Community Gardens

Friends of Northeast Florida Community Gardens is excited to announce that it is now a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. All donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law. What is around the corner for us? Friends of Northeast Florida Community Gardens remains committed to its mission: 

Friends of Northeast Florida Community Gardens is a nonprofit group 
working with community gardens to increase the 
efficiency, resiliency, and strength of northeast Florida's food system. 

We are planning for 2015 now, and welcome your input on where you want to see us head in the coming year.  Ideas for the community garden conference? Suggestions for the next seed swap? Project collaboration options? Email us to tell us your ideas for how we can increase the efficiency, resiliency, and strength of northeast Florida's food system! 

Sunday, September 21, 2014

The Top 100 Most Celebrated Farmers Markets

America's Farmland Trust recently published the results of an informal project to determine the 100 most celebrated farmers' markets in the U.S. The Fort Pierce Farmers' Market in Fort Pierce came in 3rd place. According to their website, their mission is, "The Downtown Farmers’ Market of Ft. Pierce, Inc. is intended to provide healthy, fresh foods and horticultural products to St. Lucie County and the surrounding areas, and to encourage commerce, entertainment and trade in Downtown Fort Pierce".  

Click here for more information about the market. Congratulations Fort Pierce! 

Friday, September 19, 2014

FNFCG will be at Mazda of Orange Park tomorrow!

Mazda Meet & Eat

Friends of Northeast Florida Community Gardens will be at the Mazda dealership in Orange Park tomorrow. Why? The Jacksonville Mazda Owners Club is serious about their cars, and they are serious about helping the community. They are hosting their 3rd annual 'Mazda Meet and Eat'. We joined them for their 'Mazda Meet and Eat 2'  in 2013. The funds that were raised allowed for the purchase of a greenhouse for the Pearce Street Community Garden.

If you want to join us, we will be there from 8am to 2pm at 6916 Blanding Boulevard. There are always great raffle prizes for Mazda enthusiasts, great food, and lots of great people to meet. Last year we even got to hang out with the Cherry Bomb Charmers Junior Roller Derby girls!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

An Update From the Bridge Community Garden

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 Dan Bradford continues to lead the garden program at The Bridge of Northeast Florida. He is doing a wonderful job and everyone is grateful for the time he shares with the students. We checked in with The Bridge to hear what they have been up to, and they gave us this update: 

Displaying 20140619_125808_resized.jpgDisplaying 20140619_125538_resized.jpg"We harvested tons of grapes this year and allowed the kids take them home instead of making jelly like we have done in years past.  The kids certainly enjoyed eating them for an afternoon snack. It's time to begin cleaning up the beds in preparation for the fall planting. With the help of youth campers from Passport, Inc.,  we were able to lay mulch in the citrus area of the garden in June.  The garden class, led by Dan Bradford, will plant fall tomatoes, which typically do better than spring and summer tomatoes.  The students will also plant quite a bit of cabbage and lettuce. We are hopeful that the potatoes and sweet potatoes will be ready to harvest soon.  The garlic we planted during summer camp should be ready to harvest soon as well!" 

If you have questions or want to get involved, please contact Crystal Burney: 904-354-7799 ext. 146 or 

Sunday, August 24, 2014

2014 Jacksonville Seed Swap and Community Garden Expo

It's that time again! We are getting ready for the 2014 Jacksonville Seed Swap and Community Garden Expo. We got a lot of great feedback at last year's event, and we are excited about the changes we will make this year. We are eager for this to be the biggest and best opportunity that northeast Florida has had for exchanging seeds. For more information about previous years' Jacksonville Seed Swap and Community Garden Expo click here. If you have any suggestions or ideas please start sending them our way: