MEDIA ALERT: Miami Dade HS interns explore urban food production with partners, historic Red Rooster Overtown

image - 4H Miami Dade interns in urban food farming program at local vertical farm Hammock Greens in urban Miami.
Six 4-H students from Miami Dade Public Schools System are attending an urban food farming program as interns. Here they are demonstrating their work at local indoor vertical farm Hammock Greens in Miami.

WHAT: Six Miami-Dade County public high school students are at the final stage of a comprehensive internship program exposing them to the many facets of urban food production in South Florida.

On August 3, the interns will celebrate their graduation from the program by demonstrating their skills in hands-on activities and a cooking demonstration with a local celebrity chef of the historic Red Rooster Overtown.

UF/IFAS Extension Miami-Dade 4H agents, UF scientists, along with South Florida nonprofits, and businesses established in vertical farming and the food industry have provided students with five weeks of hands-on training into food systems, production, safety, sanitation, nutrition, agricultural technology, vertical farming and more. The goal is to promote skills in food security among teens, foster entrepreneurial and innovative engagement in food systems and agricultural sciences.

Several community groups, including historic Red Rooster Overtown, Hammock Greens, The Educational Federal Credit Union, nonprofit Right Now for Today have supported learning activities for the students.

Coming up are demonstration activities and cooking with the students and Red Rooster Chef Anthony Jones, a Champion on the Food Network’s popular show, Chopped.

WHEN & Where: August 3 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Olinda Park (2101 NW 51st St, Miami, FL 33142)

UF IFAS Extension Miami-Dade County 4-H students are learning urban food farming principles to growing crops indoors.

11 a.m. to noon:  Recipe demonstrations and kitchen preparations

Noon to 1 p.m.: Recipe demonstrations

1 p.m. to 2 p.m.: Mealtime and Q&A with Chopped champion, Chef Anthony Jones.




By Lourdes Mederos,

The mission of the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) is to develop knowledge relevant to agricultural, human and natural resources and to make that knowledge available to sustain and enhance the quality of human life. With more than a dozen research facilities, 67 county Extension offices, and award-winning students and faculty in the UF College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, UF/IFAS brings science-based solutions to the state’s agricultural and natural resources industries, and all Florida residents.  |  @UF_IFAS


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Posted: July 28, 2022

Category: 4-H & Youth, Agribusiness, Clubs & Volunteers, Curriculum, Health & Nutrition, SFYL Hot Topic, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Agribusiness, Florida 4-H, Indoor Vertical Farming, Sustainable Urban Food Production, Vertical Farming

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