Florida Heritage Foods

Opportunities and Benefits
of Florida Heritage Foods
2022 Symposium


Santa Fe College Blount Hall
530 West Ave.,
Gainesville, FL 32601

Date and time

December 02, 2022

event description

Santa Fe College in partnership with Florida Organic Growers (FOG) organized an all-day hybrid symposium at the conclusion of year 1 of the Florida Heritage Foods project. The event highlighted the cultural and historical relevance of the crops in our project as well as allowed Santa Fe College faculty to explain how they had incorporated the teaching of Florida heritage crops in their art, humanities, and foreign language courses. Students accompanied these presentations by showcasing their paintings, research posters, experiences, and learning.  Collectively, those present learned about this first phase of the project, shared tips on how to grow the crops in our collection, discussed the opportunities and benefits of Florida heritage foods, and explored how they could connect with the next phase of our work.  All enjoyed locally-grown food cooked by Flavorful, a company that specializes in Afro fusion cuisine.


Vivian Filer is a long-time resident of Gainesville, local historian, nurse, educator, and community leader. She is the founder of the Greater Gainesville Black Nurses Association, Springhill Neighborhood Association, and the Cotton Club Museum and Cultural Center.  She is also an active member of Mt. Olive African Methodist Episcopal Church where she enjoys singing acapella with her sisters. Her keynote address was titled, “Indigenous African Foods: Feeding America Today.”

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