St. Luke's United Methodist Church


4851 S. Apopka-Vineland Road
Orlando, FL 32819
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Grow it Forward

Posted on March 1, 2021 at 10:56 am in .

We need

mulch, mulch, and more mulch!!!



You can help Grow it Forward by providing FloriMulch (Melaleuca mulch) for the groundbreaking for the next farm site. We need 100 bags! We also need plain cardboard boxes for between the rows at each of the new farms.

Please drop off bags of mulch or cardboard to the trailer at the St. Luke’s farm (behind Building C, down gravel road, near Annex).

If you are planning on dropping off a bulk amount of mulch, please contact Amy Winslow at to arrange drop off at Orlando Baptist Temple.

Let’s Grow it Forward!!


Workshop @ St.Luke’s Farm

Growth, Learning and Connection through Food


Grow it Forward @ St. Luke’s Farm  hosted another workshop on Saturday, April 10. This workshop featured Mason Kuehn of Winter Park Urban Farm. Mason brings several years of experience as a successful small plot urban farmer to share the ins and outs of drip irrigation with our community.

Proper irrigation is a crucial element for a successful garden. In this workshop, participants will become familiar with the “what” and “why” of different types of drip irrigation, including how to plan and install your own drip irrigation system at home. After an introduction, participants will be able to apply what they’ve learned by helping to installing our very own drip irrigation system @ St. Luke’s Farm!

Stay tuned for our next workshop, coming soon!!

For information, contact

Saturday Market Day

Did you know you can purchase fresh organic produce directly from our Grow It Forward Micro Farm?  Saturday is market day at the farm!

A variety of produce is offered on a first-come, first-serve basis from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.






Tastings, garden tours, and pre-orders are available.

For more information, contact

Click Here to see the Micro Farm’s Current Need and Come Volunteer!

The farm is in need of organic mulch. Lowe’s carries Melaleuca mulch, which we can use at the Micro Farm.



Bring mulch 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!




Be part of the movement and help Grow it Forward,
by volunteering on the Micro Farm:

St. Luke’s Farm Volunteer Hours

Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays
from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.


Click on the button below to volunteer for St. Luke’s Farm


to see volunteer needs at our newest Grow it Forward farms

at Orlando Baptist Temple and Shepherd’s Hope.

Parental presence needed for anyone under age 16.

When volunteering on the farm, please be sure to bring bottled water & wear closed toe shoes. Masks required.

To help ensure the safest environment possible,
please note the current campus reopening guidelines:

Campus Reopening Plan

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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.

For more information about the Micro Farm, 

Empowered Communities Growing 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:

The Grow it Forward Micro Farm is featured in the
Edible Orlando magazine, Winter 2021.
Check page 15.

The Micro Farm was also featured in the
West Orange Observer in October 2020.


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.



St. Luke’s was awarded a $42,000 grant from No Kid Hungry to expand the Grow It Forward network adding 4 more farms in 2021. Grow Orlando will lead the initiative as Grow It Forward expands to faith campuses located in Food Priority Areas west of Orlando. The network’s vision and mission is to eradicate food disparity by building economic and food sovereignty through a self-sustaining micro-farm network, utilizing available land through faith and community partners.


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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