UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension, Community Gardens Program Update
On Tuesday, the 20th of June, the Pasco County Board of Commissioners passed the first county Urban Agriculture Ordinance in the State of Florida. With this leap forward, the UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension, Community Gardens (CG) Program is able to develop new community gardens on land owned by Pasco County. Consequently, the UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension CG program will be able to develop a 2-3 acre urban agriculture/community garden at Moore-Mickens Educational and Vocational Center, after the Moore-Mickens Educational and Vocational Center non-profit signed a 35-year lease with the Pasco County School Board. The UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension office will be adding onto the lease with a 2-year contract to use the land to farm. The large community garden will be able to provide food to the local low-income families, whom over time are desired to step into volunteer and leadership roles at the garden. With goals, such as, to build a high tunnel (or passively heated greenhouse) for alternative in ground hydroponic growing methods, the future of Moore-Mickens Community Farm is bright.