The new year is off to an exciting start on the 4Roots Farm Campus! The classroom building has gone vertical! The exterior structure is well underway, and by the first week of February, we expect to install the roof and begin the interior work. We are still on track to welcome our first students to campus this fall!
In addition to the classroom, the construction of the greenhouse is also underway. The footings have been poured and by mid-February vertical construction should begin.
As the first phase of the Farm Campus begins to take shape, we are grateful for all of the community support we have received. We continue to plan Phase II and look forward to sharing the progress with you!
MONARCH LEARNING ACADEMY STUDENTS VISIT 4ROOTS
Middle School students from Monarch Learning Academy volunteered at 4Roots recently. The students recently packed 200 bags of produce to be distributed at the One Heart for Women and Children food distribution event. The students were divided into two groups of five, and each group was tasked with completing 100 bags full of kale, potatoes, apples, and onions. They also toured the warehouse, garden beds, and container garden. Thank you, Monarch Learning Academy, for your hard work to help others in our community and for taking the time to learn about 4Roots!
“The students experienced a hands-on activity involving weights and measurement, unit conversion, multiplication, and rates. They also practiced teamwork and friendly competition – all while serving others in the community. It was such a valuable way to spend their morning!”
Melissa Jordan, Monarch Learning Academy Middle School Math Teacher
The Packing District Farmers’ Market, a partnership of 4Roots and Dr. Phillips Charities, will operate from 9am – 1pm until April 22nd.
The new location, 2178 Packing District Way, next to the Williams Family YMCA and on the edge of the new city park, will provide visitors easier access and more vendors’ space.
Come out and visit local vendors including:
We look forward to seeing you!
975 Lbs. produce bags
7,200 pounds bananas
Total Meals: 21,866
Total Pounds of Produce: 22,575
Help us continue our efforts!
FEBRUARY 4th: GREEN SCHOOLS EXPO AT FARMERS’ MARKET
ATTENTION TEACHERS & STUDENTS:
The Green Schools Expo is coming to The Packing District Farmers’ Market on Saturday, February 4th! This is your opportunity to connect with community organizations that can support and guide your school’s sustainability goals. There will be 16 organizations, including 4Roots, at the event to help you learn more about sustainability and how to start or expand sustainability programs on your campus. Come by for a visit!
LUNCH & LEARN WITH KPMGERS’ MARKET
John Rivers and the 4Roots team provided a “Lunch and Learn” opportunity for 75 KPMG team members in January. John shared information about 4Roots’ programs and the Farm Campus project at KPMG’s Lakehouse headquarters in Lake Nona.
The Lakehouse is a purpose-built, state-of-the-art, learning, and innovation center for KPMG’s employees. Their campus participates in 4Roots’ Reverse Demand purchasing program benefiting local farmers, and its foundation supports 4Roots’ work in the community.
4Roots is grateful for the opportunity to strengthen our continued partnership with KPMG!
If you would like to host a Lunch & learn, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.