Florida Heritage Foods

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:

  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.

Partners & Collaborators

Andi Emrich

Kelli Brew

Alachua County Farm To School

Nicoya Organic Farm


Mosswood Farmstore mosswoodfarmstore.com
John R. Stepp

Matheson History Museum


Kyndra Love

Karissa Raskin

City of Gainesville, Dept. of Strategy Planning and Innovation

Grove Street Farmers Market
Kor Farm
UF Center for Latin American Studies
Alliance Francais afgainesville.com

Melissa DeSa

Botanical Illustrator

Frog Song Organics


GNV Farmers Market


India Cultural and Education Center


UF Center for African Studies


Feeding Florida – Fresh Access Bucks


Working Food

Working Food is a 501(3)(c) non-profit organization that works to cultivate and sustain a resilient local food community in North Central Florida through collaboration, economic opportunity, education, and seed stewardship.

Florida Organic Growers and Consumers

FOG is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation established in 1987 that operates four programs: the Florida Farmers Market Association (FFMA), Education & Outreach, the USDA accredited certification body – Quality Certification Services and the Local Food and Agricultural Policy Program.  As a grassroots organization, FOG promotes organic, regenerative, and sustainable agriculture and serves and works with more than 2,000 producers to carry out its mission. 

Florida Farmers Market Association

The Florida Farmers’ Market Association connects the vast array of farmers markets in our state into one membership-driven network and provides training and resources for vendors, market managers, and consumers. FOG educates the public on sustainable and organic growing practices through conducting and sharing research studies, developing curriculum, hosting online resources, organizing on-farm workshops, and partnering on state and nationwide initiatives. Our policy work  advocates for local, state, and federal policies that support the development of sustainable and organic agriculture. farmersmarkettoolkit.org