Education and Advocacy
Organizations that are growing the local food movement.
Bamboo Grove Organic Farm
2460 SW Mixon St
We have approximately 250 types of plants in the ground, over 180 of which are edible. Most of our fruit and nut trees are heirloom varieties.
Crowley Museum and Nature Center
16405 Myakka Rd
Home of the Crowley Folk School and other programs dedicated to sustainable agriculture.
Where to find: Open Thurs-Sun, 10am-sundown. Closed Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.
4411 Bee Ridge Rd #435
Edible Sarasota is a quarterly publication that promotes and celebrates the abundance of local foods and other notable products in the Gulf Coast Region.
Where to find: Subscribe or find a list of distribution locations on their website.
Florida West Coast RC&D
14950 Golf Course Rd
The programs of the Florida West Coast RC&D focus on sustainable economic and community development, natural resource use and conservation, and sustainable agriculture. FWCRCD serves Hillsborough, Pinellas, Manatee, and Sarasota counties on the central southwest coast of Florida.
Manatee Citizens Lobbying for Urban Chicken-Keeping (CLUCK)
Manatee CLUCK is a group working in support of backyard hens within Manatee County.
Where to find: Dates and locations of monthly meetings are announced on our Facebook page.
Manatee County Agricultural Museum
1015 6th St W
Manatee County Agricultural Museum exhibits focus on the county’s primary commodities including livestock, vegetables, citrus, horticulture, and commercial fishing. The museum features displays of tools, equipment, photographs, and exhibits that reflect the area’s rich heritage.
Where to find: Open Tues-Fri, 10:00am-12:00pm and 1:00-4:00pm. Also first and third Saturdays, 10:00am-12:00pm and 1:00-4:00pm.
Manatee Rare Fruit Council
P.O. Box 1656
Our group actively works to share tropical fruit tree knowledge through a variety of mediums. Efforts from our group at Palma Sola Park in Bradenton have given visitors a chance to see rare specimen trees up close and personal.
Where to find: Meets second Mon of each month at 7pm, usually at the Harlee Auditorium in the Manatee County Fairgrounds.
Sarasota Citizens Lobbying for Urban Chicken-Keeping (CLUCK)
Concerned citizens and sustainable living enthusiasts working together to reinstate our rights to raise backyard chickens (specifically laying hens). The ultimate goal being to allow for the keeping of laying hens within the county limits of Sarasota and the city limits of Venice and North Port.
Sarasota Urban Gardening Meetup
The Sarasota Urban Gardening Meetup is for anyone interested in urban gardening, sustainable living, organic growing, hydroponics, aquaponics, and permaculture. We meet for brainstorming, educational classes, and to share our passion and enjoyment of growing.
1800 2nd St, Ste 799
Seafood Savvy promotes the use of local, sustainable seafood by restaurants, markets, retailers, wholesalers, and distributors along the Gulf Coast of Florida. Our goal is to help ensure that we have fish for the future by educating consumers, chefs, and restaurant and market owners about Gulf-friendly seafood.
Slow Food of Greater Sarasota
Slow Food unites the pleasure of food with responsibility, sustainability, harmony and nature. We have monthly educational programs with food artisans and panel discussions on food policy or food justice. Other events are farm tours, restaurant meetups, and potlucks.
Suncoast Beekeepers Association
The Suncoast Beekeepers Association is dedicated to promoting and supporting beekeepers in Manatee and Sarasota Counties. We provide an informational and social venue for beekeepers of all experience levels.
Teaching food preservation:jams, jellies, pickles, tomatoes, and more!
The Open Studio
380 Old Englewood Rd
The Open Studio offers classes, services, and activities focused in four areas: therapeutic arts, edible arts, visual arts, and gardening.
Where to find: Located in Englewood's Arts Overlay District.
Transition Sarasota offers a number of programs designed to help revitalize local, sustainable agriculture, including educational events and workshops, gleaning at local farms, an annual Eat Local Week, a 10% Local Food Shift Pledge, and this Eat Local Guide.
Tropical Fruit Society of Sarasota
We are a not-for-profit organization dedicated to introducing, propagating and distributing the many rare tropical and sub-tropical fruits grown throughout the world. We offer education and encouragement to the novice and experienced grower alike in order to share our love of growing.
Where to find: We meet on the 2nd Wed of every month at 7pm at the the Edson Keith Mansion in Phillippi Estate Park, 5500 S Tamiami Trl in Sarasota.
UF/IFAS Sarasota County Extension
6700 Clark Rd
Their sustainable agriculture program focuses on providing education and demonstrations that promote the ecological use of resources, and on developing direct marketing opportunities for Sarasota County's agricultural producers.