ORLANDO, Fla. (November 2, 2020) – Plans for Orlando’s revolutionary, urban farm, the 4Roots Farm Campus, are coming to life in the heart of The City Beautiful. Yesterday, at its annual fundraising event, the 4R Foundation revealed new conceptual designs for their urban farm project and shared some of the unique and significant elements of the farm campus that will bring to life agricultural education facilities to serve students at Orange County Public Schools, Valencia College and more.
Taking shape in the Packing District, the latest farm campus design concepts revealed additional elements to the multi-phased community crossroads project, including a discovery center, community green space for events and more than 49,000 square feet of greenhouses focused on innovation, sustainability and education, all with stateof-the-art technology not previously seen in the U.S.
“We believe in the possibilities of a future where the 4Roots Farm Campus forges new ground by setting a precedent for creativity and innovation in sustainable farming while inspiring the next generation to tackle some of the world’s biggest challenges like hunger and food waste,” said John Rivers, founder and CEO of 4Roots and 4 Rivers. “Every day we are one step closer to that reality and we are truly grateful for the opportunity to share that vision with our community and supporters.”
In addition to the new design concepts, the event featured updates from community partners and conversations on regenerative farming, the art and science of agriculture, and culinary health, including the establishment of an Institute of Culinary Health. “We’re incredibly fortunate to have partners throughout the Central Florida area that help us create agricultural education programs that inspire young farmers and increase health and nutritional awareness – well beyond our campus,” shared Sara Elliot, executive director of 4Roots Farm Campus. “These expressions help create a unique and collaborative farm-to-table connection that we are excited to see realized at the farm campus.”
The first phase of the 4Roots Farm Campus is slated to begin construction in early 2021 and open in late 2021 to its first students. To learn more or donate, visit 4rootsfarm.org.