The Family Garden has been in operation since, 2007. Initially located in Bell, the farm relocated to Gainesville, Florida in 2015. Farmer, Jordan Brown, grows Certified Organic fruits and vegetables and sells both wholesale and direct to consumer at the Alachua County Farmers Market and through a Community Supported Agriculture, or CSA, program.
Fall and Spring crops include greens (lettuces, collards, chard, kales), carrots, beets, garlic, onion, rutabaga, cabbages, broccoli, parsley, and cilantro. We are known for the best tasting strawberries, which grow in winter. In the warmer Summer season we grow watermelon, cantaloupe, cucumber, tomatoes, green beans, eggplants, summer squash, hard squash, basil, peppers and corn. We also have peaches from our farm in Bell.
Jordan strives to show people that organic farming can benefit not only the farmer and the consumer, but also the Earth through sustainable approaches to land use, water use, and the use of organic renewable resources.
At The Family Garden, we aim to make organic food more approachable and accessible. We sell high quality organic produce at affordable prices because we want everyone to be able to eat well and choose the best products to feed their families. We know that most families are on a budget--we are too!--so we grow a variety of nutrient dense foods that are in season, fresh, and all for a FAIR price. This way, you can serve delicious meals each week without breaking your bank. Our goal is to produce high quality products and make it affordable for the regular folks.
Typically, the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program runs for 34 weeks from mid-October to mid-June. By signing up for a subscription members will become a partner of the farm, enjoying the first and freshest pick of what the farm has to offer. CSA shares are available for pick up at the University of Florida on Thursdays, at the farm on Fridays, and at the Alachua County Farmer’s Market on Saturdays. The investment helps The Family Garden raise the capital needed for the continuous cycle of planting and harvesting.
The Family Garden has established itself as a leader in the sustainable agriculture community in Florida. It is Certified Organic and is the only Food Justice Certified Farm in the South. This certification ensures the FAIR treatment of workers, so the employees at The Family Garden make a living wage and have rights that other agricultural workers are often denied.