Fleet Farming is an urban agriculture program of the non-profit and UN accredited NGO IDEAS For US. Our mission is to increase local food accessibility, creating a healthier, more connected world. We do this by transforming lawns into productive micro farms that we call “farmlettes”. We currently have 30 farmlettes within the Audubon Park, Winter Park, Parramore, and Holden Heights neighborhoods. These farms as maintained by Fleet Farming staff by bicycle and the produce is sharecropped with the farmlette host and with our program to provide fresh, hyper produce to local SNAP certified farmer’s market.
This creates a system of empowerment to be able to provide healthy food to families all around Orlando. Fleet Farming uses sustainable practices such as sheet mulching, crop-rotations, natural pest deterrent such as neem oil, natural fertilizer such as compost tea, and re-frames from using machinery and harmful chemicals to create the healthiest produce possible for all life.
Parramore and Holden Heights are located in the food desert of West Orlando where access to fresh fruits and vegetables are extremely limited within a 5 mile radius. In parallel to farmlettes created at a local community center called Kaley Square Community Center, we are seeking funds to grow a food forest on property in hopes to supply cuttings and fruit to community members through collaborative programming with Kaley Square including the Cycles & Sprouts gardening program.
Our goal in installing fruit trees and edible plants is to connect our community to the knowledge and resources in growing fruit trees.