There are currently three separate gardens in the Eau Gallie Arts District under the care of The Verdi EcoSchool. Each of these gardens models a unique type of agriculture. Our mission in cultivating each of these spaces is to inspire and educate the public in the various health and environmental benefits of growing their own food and actively engaging within their communities.
THE SCHOOL GARDEN
The School Garden at 1851 Highland Avenue is the learning classroom for our younger students, ages 3-6. This is the garden that introduces our children to growing their first crops and simply experiencing the magical wonders of a garden environment. Here, the children also get to learn how to care for farm animals. We house rabbits and a small flock of chickens and utilize these animals to play an important role in our garden ecosystem. This garden is cared for by our school families under our “Raised Bed Family Foster Program”, in which our school families take turns tending to an assigned raised bed per season.
THE MARKET GARDEN
The Market Garden 1861 Highland Avenue is where we cultivate the produce that is sold at FLEAGAD, our monthly community market. The Market Garden is managed by our farm educators and garden coordinators alongside our Upper School students, ages 8-14, with the intention of collaboratively developing a business of sustainable agriculture.
EGAD COMMUNITY GARDEN
The EGAD Community Garden at 1482 Pineapple Avenue is where the entire community of EGAD comes together to cultivate the central area of our district. Here, we offer learning opportunities through various educational workshops and experience the meaning of cooperative agriculture. Members of the community have the choice to rent their own garden beds or tend the communal areas of the garden. This space is where our community comes together to learn, celebrate and connect with one another and back to the earth.
Photos: Alexa DeLisle Photography
HELP US GROW
Cultivating sustainable food-producing
farms is a community effort and we welcome volunteers who are willing to jump in and get dirty! If you would like to get involved in our garden projects, let us know using the button above. We will reply with an invitation to view our garden calendar, where you will be able to enter your availability.
We are a nonprofit 501(c)(3) that accepts tax-deductible donations of native and/or edible plants and seeds, soil, mulch, and gardening tools. We also accept monetary donations to support ongoing projects at each of our three educational farm locations in the Eau Gallie Arts District.