ORLANDO, Fla. – The 40-acre farm and educational campus being built in Orlando’s new Packing District by barbecue mogul John Rivers is getting a big boost from Dr. Phillips Charities in the form of a $5 million grant.
The farm and educational campus is all part of Rivers’ 4Roots initiative “an alliance of community stakeholders investing in a healthy thriving, sustainable, food system,” according to its website. The goal is to improve food access in Central Florida while increasing education about healthy eating.
Dr. Phillips Charities notes that hunger and food access issues were brought to the forefront by the pandemic and “strived to support innovative programs to fill those needs,” according to a news release.
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The $5 million grant will be distributed over the next three years in order to help construct 4Roots’ educational classrooms, a greenhouse, barn, apiary, fields and gardens and a compost area, the charity organization said.
“The 4Roots Farm Campus is a project that takes a commitment to improving the health and wellness of our community and puts it into action,” Ken Robinson, president/CEO of Dr. Phillips Charities, said in a statement. “We are proud to support 4Roots with this grant to jumpstart what will be a one-of-a-kind destination for all Central Floridians.”
Rivers said in August that crews had already begun clearing the land for the farm campus and he hopes to break ground sometime this fall.
“And if all goes well, then we should have students on campus — I’d say — by the end of next year,” he said.
People can donate to 4Roots here.
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