In downtown New Port Richey we place a lot of value on health and wellness. Beyond weight loss and dieting, we believe that the concept of health and wellness is directly tied to sustainability. After all, is a habit really healthy if it isn’t sustainable? This applies to our food and the way it’s grown. Community markets like Tasty Tuesday and Wright’s Farmers’ Market are an important and highly visible component of our urban agriculture initiative. However, the City’s commitment to sustainable, local food goes beyond just markets.
About Urban Agriculture
There are endless advantages to the strong presence of urban agriculture in a community. Food becomes safer, healthier, cheaper, and better for the environment!
Think about how people currently obtain their produce. If you want a pepper in Florida, but Florida’s commercial farms don’t grow peppers, you’re likely grabbing something from the supermarket that’s traveled thousands of miles. Because that pepper sat in a truck for three days it was either sprayed with preservatives, grown with chemicals, or wrapped in layers of plastic.
While it would be impossible for a single garden to make a dent in the 1.6 millions pounds of peppers picked annually, a strong network of gardens can create a self-sufficient community. And yes, multiple self-sufficient communities CAN make a dent in the 1.6 million pounds of peppers grown on exhausted farmland.
This is the story of Dell DeChant and the Illinois Avenue public garden. A project that was prompted by the discovery of organic bell peppers from California, wrapped in plastic shrink-wrap, for sale at a local grocery chain store for $3.49 each.
Community Garden Locations
Find a community garden in New Port Richey! There are several open gardens in addition to plots that are available for rent!