Grace Grows is a non-profit organization that collaborates with GRACE Marketplace. Although we are completely separate financial and administrative entities, we share facilities on the GRACE Marketplace campus.
Guest gardeners and volunteers grow fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs to be prepared in the GRACE Marketplace Café 131 where individuals experiencing homelessness may come to enjoy nutritious food produced with tender love and care. The organization also does community development work with leaders and stakeholders in East Gainesville to address food accesiblity.
Our community garden located on the GRACE Marketplace campus provides a space for individuals to connect with nature, practice self-care, and find relief from the day-to-day stress of homelessness. For individuals that have experienced trauma, spending time in the garden promotes mental and physical health.
In partnership with the University of Florida Doctor of Plant Medicine Program, we conduct a horticulture empowerment program for individuals to learn about horticulture and be supported to pursue thier individual goals. Participants of the program have the opportunity to become Certified Horticulture Professionals after completing the course.