As we begin a new year in Innisfree’s From the Ground Up Garden (this is the new year in the garden), it seems fitting that we take time to reflect upon all the great things that happened around the garden in the past 12 months.

New Innisfree volunteers are always welcome. Check out From the Ground Up Facebook Page for updates about weekly volunteer hours.

168 New volunteers

  • 2,412 recorded volunteer hours

  • 7 Schools participating in weekly educational programs (Home School Association, Dixon School of the Arts, Episcopal Day School, Pensacola State College, Catholic High School, University of West Florida, and Pensacola High School)

  • 2 organizations participating in educational programming (Eagle Scouts, Independence for the Blind)

  • 16 structured garden and or beekeeping public educational events

  • 9 Under the Stars Music events

  • 8 families participating in Friends of the Garden program paying $500/year for Community Supported Agriculture membership

  • 100 lbs. of food donated to local food share group

  • 2 Dixon middle school students did a research project in the garden and went to an international conference to present

  • Eagle Scout project resulted in a new stage and 10 benches

  • Helped launch 2 off-site school gardens

  • Hosted Slow Ride bike event for 300 participants

  • Adopted a cow named Gracie (okay she is wooden) produced by local artist Ken Mitchell

  • Added Little Barn Library free library created and donated by local artist Dan Danforth

  • Rebuilt greenhouse (thanks, Stan)