Green Florida is a non-profit organization whose mission is to create community gardens, provide a network for community gardens throughout the state of Florida, and to help neighborhoods organize for a green economy.
Formed in 2007, Green Florida is the founder of the Bartlett Park Community Garden. We have more than 1500 supporters and are building relationships with affiliated gardens throughout the Tampa Bay area and beyond.
Green Florida was awarded Best of The Bay for Best Community Garden in 2008, and is the 2009 Beautification Award recipient from the City Beautiful Commission of the City of St Petersburg.
We partner with our local farmers market (St Petersburg Saturday Morning Market), Twigs and Leaves nursery specializing in Florida native plants and sustainable yards, Suncoast Goodwill Industries, and the County Health Departments on creating healthy, sustainable neighborhoods.
We approach our neighborhoods as the most immediate place to engage with 'the environment', believing that our communities should provide for us – provide food, safety, enjoyment, stability, and jobs.
Green Florida has 8-10 intern positions each semester, focusing on outreach work including our Paris Gardens Project. Paris Gardens are front yard gardens we install for families in memory of 8-year old Paris Whitehead-Hamilton, who was killed by gang gunfire in Bartlett Park in April of 2009. Paris Gardens include Florida native plants and vegetable gardens, encouraging people to actively use their front yards, combating drought by removing grass lawns, beautifying the neighborhood and growing healthy, affordable food for families.