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OUR STORY

Healthy soil, healthy food, healthy communities

In 2010, a group of volunteers headed by Bill Bilodeau and Emmanuel Roux transformed several lots of the Faith House, an alcohol and drug rehab center, into an urban farm as a therapeutic vegetable garden to provide fresh nutrient-dense food to the residents.

In 2016 the organization was saved from shutting down following a loss of federal funding. Mark Hunter, a social entrepreneur in collaboration with Emmanuel Roux redefined the organization's mission and the concept of an innovative educational urban farm was developed.

In 2023 the addition of a commercial kitchen and event space transformed again 15th St EcoFarm into a urban oasis in the heart of Down Town St Pete where residents come to reconnect with nature, discover the true taste of ultra-fresh organically grown food, learn, socialize and enjoy themed dinners and cooking classes

  

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The revenues generated by dinners, tours and classes fund the nonprofit mission by providing free outreach, gardening and wellness classes to less fortunate neighbors. 

OUR TEAM

We are grateful for the countless hours of many dedicated volunteers that make this project possible

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Emmanuel Roux

Founder

Gastronome
Urban Farmer & Dreamer

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Bill Bilodeau

Honorary Co-founder
Permaculture Sage

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Mark Hunter

Volunteer
Hunter Family Foundation LoveLearnServe.com

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Bill Reid

Builder

Humanist

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Jacob

Entertainer

Creative Learning Coach

Official Greeter

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Haley Gaetano

Farm Manager

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Hillary Hepp, PE, LEED AP

Wellness and Development Director

Integrative Nutrition Health Coach

Betsy Barbour

Education Outreach Director

Micaela Robinson

Social Media Director

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Mike Wheeler

Mango Specialist

Fixer of everything

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Layla Petrovich

Farm Intern

Youth Ambassador 

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Kenny Bishop

Irrigation Magician

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Asyria Nelson

Seedlings Nurturer

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Damien White

People & Plants Nurturer
Educator

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Gabriel Schnieder

Seedlings Mother

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Cary Catts

Nurseryman

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Matt Blackett

Intern

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Amber 

Gardner & Fitness Coach

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Brenon Duff

Herbalist

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Asaf Baruh

Native Plants

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