Community garden benefits go beyond growing plants, though: Gardens foster community, bringing diverse people together for a common purpose — good eats. Meeting your neighbors and having more eyes on the street may also reduce crime. Plus, you’ll know where your food comes from and what fertilized it.
Ready to get growing? We’ve done a little of the dirty work for you. Check out our roundup below to find the community garden closest to your ‘hood or visit the City of Orlando’s site. Most gardens require a small annual fee ($20-$50) and monthly community workdays. If you need inspiration on what to grow, take a look at this guide on what grows best throughout the year in Central Florida. If you get on a waitlist now, you might be approved by the time it’s cool enough to enjoy it again!
🥥 Milk District
Festival Park Community Garden: On the edge of Festival Park on Robinson, this garden features 30 plots, an orchard and herb garden. There is a waitlist but email Carl at [email protected] to get on it. (You’ll get in eventually, he says.)
🍋 East Orlando
Dean Road Community Garden is near the 417 and University Blvd. This garden has seed sharing and discounted mulch, compost, and seeds are available. Email [email protected] for more info.
🍆 Lake Nona
My Nona’s Garden isn’t a traditional community garden but offers a raised bed option for your own yard if you want a little kick-start.
🥕 Gardens to come?
Maitland area residents, you don’t have gardens yet (that we know of) but this Facebook page is putting out calls for interest from people who are interested in starting gardens or participating in them.
🍉 Additional resources worth a look:
I’ve got five fingers, just wondering if a green thumb is one. Will I (Katie) be able to actually grow my own food? Stay tuned in the months to come to find out! Did we miss your favorite neighborhood garden? Tell us more. You know the drill, hit us up at [email protected] or reply to this email.
You used to call me on my 407 number. It’s official — after May of next year, if not sooner, the 689 area code will be in full effect. Pre-existing customers will retain their current numbers, but new customers in the 407 zone will be issued the 689 code. (Click Orlando)
A drop in the bucket. Last week, Florida gas prices dropped by a half-cent which may seem like a small victory, but it made little difference at the pump. Prices are the highest they’ve been in four years. An AAA spokesman said prices should stay pretty stable, but warned that if Gulf Coast oil refineries are threatened by a hurricane, prices could “pop” again. (Orlando Weekly)
Road to change. The March for our Lives summer bus tour will be making its stop in Central Florida at Lake Eola in the form of a block party from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday. The premise is to educate on NRA donations to politicians and to encourage young voters to rally behind stricter gun laws, in turn pushing to a change in gun control. (Orlando Weekly)
Loss and legacy. Orlando’s beloved philanthropist Harriett Lake has died at 96. She was a huge supporter of the arts and donated $5 million to the Orlando Ballet in May to build a dance facility at Loch Haven Park. She was also a passionate supporter of children’s causes and other health-related charities. (WESH)
SeaWorld raises hairs over raising prices. First, they offered free tickets to veterans, then added two free (7-ounce) beers to the deal (win-sorta win). Then they saved Sharkie the Dolphin and released him back to the wild. All good press. But now, SeaWorld is in the news for raising parking prices by $8 to $30 dollars per car as it tests dynamic pricing. (PR NewsWire, Orlando Sentinel, Orlando Weekly)
🍻 TOMORROW, July 12: We’ll be at Nerd Nite Orlando’s Summer Happy Hour again! You should come nerd out with us as we talk about the benefits of beer, what Star Trek has taught us, and some dangerous bodily invaders! (Downtown)
🗣 Learn about breaking the cycle of poverty (SODO)
💡 Learn about social media marketing (East Colonial)
🖤 Looking for love? Try speed dating (Downtown)
🦊 This movie is FANTASTIC for kiddos (Maitland) 🆕
☕ Chat with WP mayor over coffee (Winter Park)
🎸 Jam out to this live band at Sanford Brewing Company (Sanford)
🌎 Check out Earth from Space (Downtown) 🆕
🔬 Enjoy Science After Sundown (Loch Haven) 🆕
🌮 Tacos and tequila = YES (Downtown)
💃 “Africa from within” music and dance (Edgewater)
🗣 Hear from young black leaders (Edgewater)
🇫🇷 Celebrate Bastille Day! (Audubon Park)
🗣 Learn about environmental racism (Milk District)
🐺 Booze for the four-legged boos (Ivanhoe) 🆕
⚽ Cheer on the Lions as they take on Toronto FC (Parramore) 🆕
🧘🏻♀️ Yoga on the lawn (Winter Garden) 🆕
📖 Join this book club (Maitland)
🍑 Grab brunch at Lake Eola Farmer’s Market (Downtown)
🍦 BOGO at Yogurtland (Winter Park) 🆕
🖊 Writers, learn to format E-books (Winter Park) 🆕
🎶 Catch a concert (Edgewater) 🆕
🍳 This brunch collaboration is worth the drive (Sanford) 🆕
Going to one of these? Take us with you! Email a pic to [email protected] or tag #pulptown on Instagram. See more upcoming events on our events page, and add your own events with a Pulptown membership.