Abby’s Organic Community Farm

They’re hugely popular in states like New York and Colorado, but here in Florida where we have the longest growing season in the lower 48, there are very few community farms.

Abby’s Health & Nutrition is bringing the trend to Tampa Bay, by opening a not-for-profit community farm.

“We’re going to show people different ways to grow their own food,” said farm director David Housefield.

The farm is educational but also gives people a place to grow their own foods.

“We live in a suburb it’s hard to grow organically where you’ve got fertilizer and St. Augustine grass and pesticides, you’ve got to maintain that so coming out here we’re able to have our garden grow whatever we like to grow,” said Elsa Knouse, a volunteer at Abby’s Farm.

The farm offers workshops to the public and has even partnered with Michigan State to bring interns on who will learn how to grow foods in Florida’s extreme heat. Find out more at provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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