Discovery Farm and Garden
Building community and learning to grow great food is what the Discovery Farm and Gardens are all about. We are developing our Gardens in partnership with the City of Oakland Park, Florida. The Farm and Garden area of Jaco Pastorius Park is comprised of several working components.
Each of the growing approaches can be successfully implemented in the home garden or on a larger scale – where space permits. The Discovery Farm and Gardens at the Urban Farming Institute will be comprised of several growing environments all suited for food production in the urban setting.
Growing techniques will include: hydroponics, raised bed gardening, in ground permaculture, aquaculture, as well as, aquaponics where the production of fish along with fruits and vegetables are combined.
Today there are thirty two raised bed gardens offered to residents of Oakland Park and surrounding communities. The gardens are supported with full irrigation, resource center and master gardener oversight. With regular “how to grow” garden classes, activities and demonstrations the gardeners are learning how to grow a range of farm to fork products in a subtropical setting. Gardens are available for rent through the Parks and Leisure Services Department of the City.