Friends of Northeast Florida Community Gardens

What is Friends of Northeast Florida Community Gardens?


  • 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. Friends of Northeast Florida Community Gardens believes 'gardening is not only a middle class hobby, it's a working class necessity'. Friends of Northeast Florida Community Gardens works to increasing access to and availability of fresh fruits and vegetables for our most vulnerable neighbors. 



  • Friends of Northeast Florida Community Gardens maintains a comprehensive directory of all gardens that exist in north Florida. This directory offers details about each garden, including its location and how to contact a representative, as well as a platform for gardens to share the work in which they are involved.



  • Each year Friends of Northeast Florida Community Gardens organizes the Annual Jacksonville Seed Swap and Community Garden Expo. The location rotates each year, with a different community garden hosting the event. People are invited to bring extra seeds and plants to the event to trade. This event ensures hard to find  plant varieties are available and offers an inexpensive way for gardeners to obtain their seeds.



  • The Community Garden Conference is an annual event that brings together north Florida's community gardens. The day is filled with networking and a variety of educational opportunities. Gardens are encouraged to bring representatives who want to share the struggles, successes, and plans for their gardens.

How was Friends of Northeast Florida Community Gardens started?

In March of 2011, the Garden at Jackson Square, in Jacksonville, Florida, hosted the '1st Annual Seed Swap and Community Garden Expo', which was a chance for the public to meet the community gardens of Jacksonville and other members of the city's local food network, such as The Jacksonville Beekeepers Association and the Duval County Extension Office. While the gardens appreciated the opportunity to network with the community, their desire for a gardeners' conference and greater collaboration among the gardens was made clear in their feedback.

Friends of Northeast Florida Community Gardens was formed in response to a demand for greater cohesion within the community gardens of Northeast Florida. The number of community gardens in Northeast Florida continues to increase, with gardens being started all over, from schools and churches to private businesses and correctional facilities.  The opportunity for community gardens to share resources, apply collectively for funding opportunities and communicate collectively with local government increases the efficiency, resiliency and strength of Northeast Florida's food system.

How Can I Contact Friends of Northeast Florida Community Gardens?

We encourage you to email or call us. We can be reached at info@fnfcg.org or 904-239-6584.