The mission of Eden Gardens™ is to create a sustainable and nurturing environment, to reach those in need, and network the community to reach the world.
In 2009, Tim and Nancy Lovelace had a vision for a non-profit charity, mobilizing expertise and resources to provide relief for the poor in times of natural disaster and assistance in community development. A base would be established in Jacksonville, FL, where people from all over the world could come and be trained in various disaster relief and community development strategies that would provide sustainability for the global poor, as well as training and projects to be implemented both in the USA and in developing countries.
“The poor are not incapable of learning to excel, they only need hope.”
— tim lovelace, FOUNDER/CEO
Tim was originally looking for only 30 acres to build out. When he found the property on Garden Street, the lights came on and something clicked. Now they have 120 acres and a 5 year plan consisting of Four Phases.
Dinsmore-Moncrief is one of the most severely underserved communities in Jacksonville. To combat this adversity, Eden Gardens seeks to nourish our neighbors at the most fundamental level with healthy food options and a strong support network. We will sell our produce in our Farmer's Market at wholesale prices. We will offer a Work4Food program that allows anyone who cannot afford food to volunteer and receive free food.
of families living in North Florida are "food insecure"
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With our first Aquaponics Greenhouse ready for growing, we are looking forward to introducing 500 red tilapia to their new home! Visit us on Social Media to see all the exciting things in real time!
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If you live near Jacksonville, get involved to receive portions of each harvest. We accept volunteers regardless of skill level. There is a rotation in roles, but we’ll teach you all the skills you need to know. Teenagers 14 years and older can earn community service credits for school in addition to getting produce for their families. Donations are also vital to our growth, as we use them for seed, fertilizer, tools, and outreach.