About This project
The Florida Heritage Foods Project is a community service-based pedagogical initiative centered on the historical, cultural, nutritional, and culinary value of crops that are significant to Florida’s multicultural history. Through the lens of food, this project-based teaching approach empowers students to take a proactive role in interpreting Florida history and promoting a more sustainable food system in their community. Instructional tools designed and developed by an interdisciplinary team of community college faculty and staff engage students in topics and issues related to local food security, public service, and multiculturalism in the classroom and beyond.
Funding for the Florida Heritage Foods Initiative: Connecting Local Food with Local Culture in Florida Farmers Markets was made possible by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service through grant Agreement Number 21FMPPFL1026-00. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the USDA.
This initiative is in partnership with Florida Organic Growers (FOG) and the University of Florida’s Institute for Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF IFAS).
The goals of this project are to:
- 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,
- expand direct-to-consumer marketing opportunities with a Multicultural Heritage Food Event Planning Tool-Kit for farmers markets, and
- 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.