We’d like to give a big Grow Orlando shout out to Elijah Torres, our program’s first graduate!
One of our young entrepreneurs, Elijah Torres, has completed all of the graduation criteria and received his High School Diploma from Jones High School! Elijah was at crucial junction in his life, and his options weren’t looking good. He was a man with a troubled past when he was allowed to finally join our program, but when he picked up a shovel, he never looked back!
We started this program to help students like Elijah find their passion and direction in life.
This summer, he plans on working towards being a certified Grow Orlando Food Entrepreneur, and will continue to grow into a happy, healthy and empowered Orlando citizen.
Congratulations Elijah, we are proud of you!
Ladybugs are great insects that love to eat garden pests! Instead of spraying chemicals to remove our problem pests the students released ladybugs inside the greenhouse and got to see a natural (and very effective!) form of pest control. We’re always working hard to limit pest problems and sometimes it can feel like a full-time job. Insects such as aphids, caterpillars, and grasshoppers can do catastrophic damage inside micro-farms, but we don’t like to look at them as pests, but rather as parts of an intricate ecosystem that must be managed with bio-mimicry techniques.
Yes ladies and gentlemen, the Garden of the Tigers Tomato Patch is complete. Each student raised their own tomato plant inside the greenhouse then successfully transplanted them into the Tomato Patch. All the plants survived the transplanting phase and now the nutrient dense tomatoes are on their way!