The Edible Plant Project (EPP) is a100% volunteer-based, 501c3 nonprofit organization working to promote edible landscaping and local food abundance in North Central FL. The goal of the EPP is to create positive alternatives to the unsustainable food system in this country. LIMITED HOURS ARE POSTED IN CALENDAR, SOCIAL MEDIA (Facebook Group Gainesville FL working group) OR APPOINTMENT ONLY.
We offer free workshops and volunteer work trade at our nursery. Plant propagation (making new plants) & site maintenance. YES we can sign off for your school volunteer hours! Message us or enroll at United Way Volunteer Select .
TIME: Usually weekends at the nursery and at community events. We honor sweat equity work trade and can sign off school hours as a 501c3. Only 2 hours can make a big difference!
We have a need for regular volunteers.
Fundraisers Thanks to your support, we built a $5,000 green house and nursery in SE GVL after the Organic Blueberry Farm ended. We are still 100% volunteer run, but we would like to raise enough money to start a paid scholarship internship fund to keep the project going and stable. This could help other propagate future volunteers and create countless new low cost and free plants throughout Gainesville and the SE USA. We ask for a $5 for the vast majority of our plants in 1 gallon pots, ranging from 6 months – 3 years old.
Consistently Monthly 2nd Wednesdays, 4-7 pm, at the Union St. Farmers’ Market booth in Downtown Gainesville (Bo Diddley). Edible plants, seeds, fruits & more. Most plants are well suited for area and easy to care for. 111 E. University Ave.
On volunteer days you can donate or bank sweat equity for credit and acquire plants.
OUR NURSERY nestled on Crazy Woman family farm in SE Gainesville FL, on a private property, with limited hours, nestled in an agricultural neighborhood of organic farms in the city on the edge of a preserve, on a winding dirt road. We maintain our nursery for hardy native and exotic vegetables, teas, fruit and nut trees, and our seed bank. We share these with community (either through work trade, barter, or adoption) and welcome your help do so!
Rather than food produced with massive fossil fuel usage in agriculture and transport, with large scale erosion and fertilizer and pesticide run-off, people could be eating food grown locally in yards and landscapes, with little environmental impact or fossil fuel consumption. Rather than food being a packaged, processed commodity, trucked in and purchased at the store, food would once again be something that connects people with nature, with the seasonal cycles of life. Once people realize how easy it is to grow food, there will be many opportunities for giving and sharing the abundance. We invite you to plant fruit trees, and grow and harvest local food to help make Gainesville a beautiful, sustainable place to live.
OUR SEEDS Join us in saving and collecting locally-adapted, non-hybrid vegetable varieties as well as superior fruit seeds (and cuttings) year to year. Look for our catalog and seed packets at our market booth (seasonal). Every year we improve the crop by selecting seed from the plants which do the best. By sharing and distributing seed, we are largely independent from the seed companies and their nationally-marketed hybrid varieties that often require chemical fertilizers and pesticides for good production. No GMOs here! We also partner and share with Grow Gainesville’s Seed Library. See their site for seed saving tips.