Our History

Since January 2009, the Edible Peace Patch Project has been developing innovative community oriented food system and nutrition educational programs in south St. Petersburg, Florida.

In January 2009, the Edible Peace Patch Project built its first schoolyard garden at Lakewood Elementary School in St. Petersburg Florida.

Original Peace Patch Documentry

Kelly Shiller, then a senior at Eckerd College, filmed and produced a short documentary in the spring of 2009 about the making of the original Peace Patch Garden in the Lakewood schoolyard:
After the first successful Harvest Festival in late April 2009, the Peace Patch Project continued to grow a garden every semester at Lakewood Elementary, building up a full curriculum of academic support materials relating garden events to the life sciences and other elementary-level academic standards.

In January 2012, the Edible Peace Patch Project built a second schoolyard garden at Sanderlin IB World School in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Before the end of 2012, the organization has plans to add three additional schoolyard gardens at Campbell Park Elementary, Melrose Elementary, and Gibbs High School, as well as to begin construction on the first phase of a sustainable urban farm in the vicinity of 18th Avenue in south St. Petersburg.

The vision and future plans for the Edible Peace Patch Project:
Over the next five years, the Peace Patch plans to develop a farm to cafeteria food system that links schoolyard gardens, community gardens, and an urban farm on the south side with a commercial commissary that prepares healthy meals and packages fresh local food for schools, hospitals, and other large institutions in the St. Petersburg area.

The goal of the Peace Patch Project is to create economic and self-development opportunity for youth, young adults, and the unemployed on the south side of St. Petersburg.

Working in partnership with Pinellas County Schools, the Pinellas County Health Department, the Florida Department of Agriculture, USF St. Petersburg, the City of St. Petersburg, as well as public and private institutions around the Tampa Bay Area, the Edible Peace Patch Project will provide education, training, and opportunity in the emergent sustainable local food economy.

The Edible Peace Patch Project has been supported during 2012 and into 2013 by the generous donations of hundreds of community members.  We have also received generous gifts from the following supporters.

Tampa Jaycees
The Rays Baseball Foundation
University of South Florida at St. Petersburg’s Lead Learn and Service Grant