Path Farm & Co-Op Program
About The Path Farm and Co-op
What began as a backyard garden in 2002 has expanded to two farm locations, 15 and 10 acres, for seasonal
pesticides-free fruits and vegetables for our rescue mission, county food bank and other food organizations—to supply fresh,
locally-grown fruit to those in need. 14 greenhouses for hydroponics farming were added to allow The Path’s farm to grow year-round and grow
certain vegetables off-season for retail sales, in addition to the Path Farm Co-op memberships. A chicken coop was also built for about
a dozen chickens, which feed on the pesticides-free vegetables and lay eggs for the rescue mission.
Today, our farm project continues to support a full-time farmer and part-time hydroponics farmer. Farming activities provide a supervised work program for rescue mission clients. The old pool in the courtyard area at the rescue mission was filled in and has been re-purposed to grow vegetables and herbs. One of the efficiencies was converted into a germination room to start seedlings and provide work therapy for Path clients.
For men and women at The Path, these farms and gardens provide fresh food, physical exercise, a variety of work programs and now help stock the rescue mission cafeteria for daily meals. Men and women learn to grow healthy food, then how to prepare it through The Path’s “Healthy Eating” classes. They also participate in meal planning, food prep and cooking meals daily at the rescue mission’s cafeteria.
How you can get involved:
Our community can benefit as well through a membership with The Path’s Farm Co-op. Men at The
Path grow and harvest seasonal vegetables and prepare the weekly distribution for members. Co-op members come
from a wide area in Citrus and Marion Counties.
Download The Path Farm & Co-Op Brochure or contact us to learn how to join and other important information. You can also call (352) 527-6500, ext. 8. Your support builds stronger individuals, healthy lifestyles and self-reliant communities.