December 2022

Several notable Florida State University alumni, including Derrick Brooks, joined John Rivers recently for a “Seminoles on the Farm” fundraising dinner to benefit The 4Roots Farm Campus. Over $300,000 was raised to assist with the ongoing construction of the project, specifically, the courtyard of the Discovery Center, which will serve as a technology showcase for visitors to learn about the most cutting-edge techniques used in agriculture.

“This was a remarkable evening,” said Rivers. “Not only to have so many Seminole supporters gathered, but their collective support for 4Roots was inspiring,” he continued. “They believe in our work to ensure our community has a sustainable local food system, that everyone has access to nutritious food, and that we are teaching the next generation about the technology and career opportunities that exist in agriculture.”


The USDA is investing $14.2 million in grants that support urban agriculture and innovative production across the country. Recently, they awarded 4Roots $295,000 to build an Education Food Forest on the Farm Campus to expand access to nutritious foods, foster community engagement, and educate communities about farming.

Humana recently awarded 4Roots and Feed the Need with $200,000 to develop a mobile farmers market. This mobile market van will Increase access to locally grown and nutrient-dense produce by expanding Feed the Need’s service to new and existing areas, specifically food desert neighborhoods in Central Florida. Thank you to our partner, Humana for stepping up to make a difference!

The Packing District Farmers Market Will Be Back on January 7th

The Packing District Farmers’ Market, a partnership of 4Roots and Dr. Phillips Charities, will be back at its new location, Saturday January 7th to kick off the new year!

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. 

Each Saturday from 8 am – 1 pm, some local vendors will include:

@thewoodenforkandspoon | @thefluffybison | @cmbakari.fl | @lucidbeanscoffeeco | and more

Happy New Year! We look forward to seeing you!

Farm Campus Update

Construction on the Farm Campus is coming along! The entrance and main road are complete and the concrete has been poured for the Education Center! Within a few weeks we expect vertical construction to start on the classrooms as we plan to welcome students to campus one year from now!

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