Everette Taylor Urban Farm at Mass Market
The vision for the Everette Taylor Urban Farm at Mass Market is threefold: to inspire, to educate, and to connect the community to fresh, delicious food and to each other.
The Everette Taylor Urban Farm at Mass Market is a program of the Lakeland Christian School RISE Institute, which holds a lease on a 1/3 acre site on Plum Street in the Midtown Design District. The program supports both education and community outreach objectives. Helping students discover the solutions to real-world problems is a perennial goal for the Farm. One such problem RISE students have been passionate about for years is nutrition—teaching kids to grow delicious, fresh food makes it more likely they will also eat healthy food. We believe that we can make a difference in the long-term health of our community with the Urban Farm.
The Urban Farm will give Pre-K-12th grade students positive experiences with growing and tasting fresh fruits and vegetables in an art-integrated space. Through activities connecting science, art, history, and product-oriented activities like design thinking and “making”, students will become investigators and problem solvers. In addition to current LCS students, a RISE Institute homeschool program will open opportunities to middle and high school students.
Students will grow crops in raised beds, and have been prototyping and learning in their student-run gardens at Lakeland Christian School for several years. Some of their favorite plants include amaranth, Aztec Sweet (stevia), Everglades Sweet Tomatoes, green beans, heirloom kale, broccoli, sunflowers, and a wide variety of culinary herbs. High school students in RISE Institute Entrepreneurial Leadership and Experimental Science classes will use the farm as a learning lab through event planning and education, scientific research projects, and building community partnerships.
Emerging partnerships will support a variety of capabilities and programs at the Farm including:
Hosting field trips, farm dinners, chef tasting events, and special events for the community,
Collaborating with community groups that serve local residents,
Selling produce to make the Farm sustainable and distributing it through community organizations to benefit those in need.
Some Urban Farm partners include:
We are interested in improving nutrition by introducing fresh fruits and vegetables in kid-friendly ways, alleviating hunger, and giving students positive childhood memories associated with growing and preparing delicious fresh food.