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First Coast Urban Ag (FCUA) started in 2012 as 'Friends of Northeast Florida Community Gardens', and was focused on promoting and supporting community gardens. During this time the "garden map" was created, and offered a directory of community gardens for folks across northeast Florida. The Jacksonville Seed Swap and Community Garden Expo was born. A conference was held, bringing the gardens together for networking and education. Working from the belief that gardens are a middle class hobby, but a working class necessity Friends of Northeast Florida Community Gardens established a formal program with the areas food bank, Second Harvest North Florida. For two years, the network expanded, gardens were built, and opportunity increased.
In 2015 the program was reborn, as its own nonprofit organization: First Coast Urban Ag.
Growing and Giving
First Coast Urban Ag has expanded the focus of its work to include all aspects of urban agriculture to build a sustainable food system. The same principles hold true, with the primary goal being to increase access to locally and sustainably grown fresh fruits, vegetables, and meats. First Coast Urban Ag is dedicated to building a sustainable food system across northeast Florida.
Current projects include Convenience Farms located along Groundwork Jacksonville's Emerald Trail, and "Playgardens" which frees food from boxes and creates a playful environment where food is grown and children roam.
Learn more about our programs, efforts, and accomplishments. We welcome your feedback, support, and encourage you to get involved.