The 4Roots K-12 Education programs aim to engage students in hands-on learning experiences that encourage them to think more deeply about where and how food is grown, and inspire them to explore career paths in the food and farming industries. By introducing students, at a young age, to these topics and opportunities, we hope to build a pipeline of future farmers, food distributors, chefs, healthcare professionals, and overall champions for healthy food systems.
The 4Roots Farm-to-School Program is working with local K-12 schools to invest in the development of on-campus horticulture facilities. By building greenhouses, hydroponic systems, raised beds, and more, 4Roots provides the opportunity for students to engage in hands-on learning related to growing and harvesting fresh, healthy food. A portion of the harvested produce is donated to the community, and the rest is sold to the school cafeteria to be used in the student meal programs.
Food Heroes Exhibit
The 4Roots Café + Food Hero Exhibit is located at the Orlando Science Center. The café, in partnership with the 4R Restaurant Group, serves a variety of healthy menu items – sourced from 4Roots and other local farmers. The “Food Heroes Exhibit sponsored by Orlando Health” is an interactive STEM-learning experience that highlights the important role of “food heroes” in our community – such as farmers, chefs, beekeepers, and more. Each month, we host a demonstration inviting our food hero partners to share their expertise with guests of the Orlando Science Center.
high school ag students supported each year
guests to the Food Hero Exhibit at OSC each year