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Audubon Park Garden District – 2015

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AccomplishmentHeaders-02$5,000
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“I chose to move my business to the Audubon Park Garden District because it is a thriving destination and is just the right demographic for my business.” – Cathy Sands, Owner of Blue Daze Designs

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About Audubon Park Garden District
audubonbannerThe Audubon Park Garden District is the hub of Orlando’s burgeoning good food movement. With an organic community garden, Fleet Farms’ urban farmlettes and an ecodistrict initiative, APGD businesses and residents are creating a sustainable community that is increasingly recognized by people all over the United States.

Home since 2007 to Orlando’s first local-only farmers market, APGD has since expanded local food options with Fleet Farms’ urban farming program, culinary cutting edge farm to table restaurants and several organic green grocers and bakeries.

This focus on organic food production, coupled with a passion for sustainable living, has resulted in Central Florida’s first bicycle powered composting service, Compost Orlando. With Compost Orlando local food purveyors can cycle local food scrap back into the urban farms. From farm to table to farm again. The Audubon Park Garden District main office, Fleet Farms’ and Compost Orlando are all headquartered in APGD.
audubonparkcdsIn addition to its emphasis and support of local food, APGD is also working to become Orlando’s first EcoDistrict. Primary areas of focus for 2015 are biodiversity and wildlife habitat. APGD’s first EcoDistrict project is the creation of a Bee Safe zone to protect native pollinators. Subsequent projects will include planting a public orchard, native tree walks and becoming a certified wildlife habitat community, as well as energy and water conservation programming.

Declared Orlando’s “most talked about community” by Atlanta Magazine, APGD is bringing transformational change to Orlando’s neighborhoods.

2015 Accomplishments

  • Named Semifinalist in the National Main Street Awards for 2016
  • Working with the City of Orlando’s Green Works program to become Florida’s first EcoDistrict
  • Installed banners along commercial corridor
  • Held 7th Annual Zombietoberfest
  • Held 7th Annual Bastille Day Festival
  • Held 5th Annual Kidsfest
  • Created Pollinator Pathway along Corrine Drive
  • Created Bee Safe Zone in Audubon Park Garden District, encouraging residents to eliminate systemic pesticides in their yards
  • Hosted five themed “Sip and Strolls”, drawing visitors to the district
  • Saw the creation of Orlando’s first pedal powered food composting program
  • Became one of the first areas in the City of Orlando’s commercial food composting program
  • Saw the creation of Fleet Farming in our area, the City’s only bicycle driven, organic yard farming program
  • Continued to steward the APGD organic community garden, with three harvests this year
  • Working to certify APGD as a Wildlife Habitat Community through the National Wildlife Federation

2015 Events – more than 1,950 attendees

  • Fifth Annual Kidsfest
  • Seventh Annual Bastille Day
  • Seventh Annual Zombietoberfest
  • Sip and Strolls