Learn more about Santa Fe College and the Florida Heritage Foods Project.
The Floridian peninsula lies at a global intersection where peoples and cultures from Latin America, Africa, Europe, Asia and Indigenous communities have come into contact for several centuries. The food system in Florida reflects Florida’s multicultural history, and each heritage food tells a unique story about the past. By linking local food to local culture, we can connect to Florida’s heritage and experience the multicultural legacies that shape contemporary cultural diversity in the Sunshine State today.
The Florida Heritage Foods Initiative at Santa Fe College aims to stimulate the heritage food economy in Florida farmers markets by providing public education about heritage foods for consumers and providing farmers markets with tools to reach culturally diverse communities already purchasing heritage food. In partnership with Florida Organic Growers and Consumers, the goals of this project are to:
1) increase access to heritage foods in farmers markets with educational marketing materials for farmers, consumers, and K-12 students that provide information about the cultural, historical, nutritional and culinary value of heritage foods,
2) expand direct-to-consumer marketing opportunities with a Multicultural Heritage Food Event Planning Tool-Kit for farmers markets, and
3) provide training and education on heritage foods to consumers, farmers, market managers, and local food stakeholders through three virtual and on-site symposiums. students and faculty at Santa Fe College.