St. Luke's United Methodist Church


4851 S. Apopka-Vineland Road
Orlando, FL 32819


Grow it Forward

Posted on October 21, 2020 at 10:56 am in .


Be a Friend of the Farm

Be a Friend of the Farm – and Help Us Grow in our community with

Your help is needed to assist us in purchasing required equipment, seeds and
fertilizer, to support our farming team AND to start new micro farms within the

Please find a level of support that works for you. We so appreciate your kindness and generosity!

SPROUT:  $10 will help us purchase seeds
LADYBUG:  $25 will help us with pest control
SEEDLING:  $40 will purchase needed germination supplies
IRRIGATOR:  $50 will purchase hoses & sprinkler equipment
TILLER:  $75 will keep us in necessary tools to work the earth
GROWER:  $150 will help us pay for continuing education & training for our farm team
APPRENTICE:  $250 will help to support our student farmers
FARMER:  $400 will support “Grow Orlando”, our non-profit partner & farm manager
PRODUCER:  $900 will sustain Grow it Forward Vision by planning for the next growing season
GRANTOR:  $1500 will support our community outreach and invest in the next micro-farm as we continue to Grow it Forward!

We plant the seeds but God gives us the harvest.

Choose “Restoring Hope” on the Fund dropdown and indicate “Micro Farm” in the notes.

Click Here to see the Micro Farm’s Current Need and come volunteer!

The farm needs approximately 10 bags of potting soil per week. Bring a bag of organic potting or garden soil to the trailer, near the garden, which is located behind Building C, near the Annex (the old Shepherd’s Hope house), to help the plants to grow and thrive!


Come be a part of the movement and help Grow it Forward, by volunteering on the Micro Farm on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Parental presence needed for anyone under age 16. Sign up to volunteer on the button below.

Empowering Communities to Grow Their Own Food

St. Luke’s has a Micro Farm on campus!

In 2018, our congregation voted to impact Family Homelessness and Childhood Hunger. This can only be achieved through long-term, sustainable programs allowing the community to step forward and own it! Our micro farm is a pilot program we hope will GROW throughout the community! Here is what it takes:



Organizations have land that can be used to grow food. St. Luke’s has committed a 30’ X 50’ plot of land to grow vegetables. Our micro farm is located on the back (east) side of campus near the old Shepherd’s Hope offices.

Roslyn and son, Jackson team up to help us on dig day


Volunteers from the congregation and community will work side-by-side with the Grow Orlando team. Our Farm Coordinator is Frank Bailey, president of Grow Orlando. Frank hires at risk youth who gain life, work and financial literacy skills through plant cultivation by providing jobs in urban farming.


Grow it Forward will sell what we grow! Our collaboration with Grow Orlando invests directly into the youth and their growth. They in turn will bring these skills back to their community which lacks healthy and affordable food choices such as fresh fruits and vegetables, largely due to a lack of grocery stores and healthy food providers. We are helping to invest directly into individuals and their growth so they can help themselves, their families and their neighbors.


Pammies Sammies is our first corporate sponsor, committing to purchase many of the “fruits of our labor”! The Grow it Forward concept aligns perfectly with Pammies Sammies goals of enriching communities through local farming and healthy food.

The Dr Phillips Rotary is a proud sponsor of our farm. Their foundation grant helps us to pay the salaries of our student farmers and farm coordinator.


Grow it Forward needs your help! You can donate your time or your resources to empower communities to grow their own food and turn this pilot program into many micro farms throughout the community.


To volunteer on the farm, contact Amy Winslow at
or sign up for a shift on Tuesdays, Thursdays or Saturdays, from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

To donate to help Grow it Forward, click on the link below:

Choose the “Restoring Hope” fund from the dropdown box.

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