The city is committed to promoting a healthy, local and sustainable food system.

Local Food Systems

Enhancing our local food systems requires us to think about the life cycle of the food we eat: food production, food processing, food distribution, food consumption and food disposal. Working with the Good Food Central (GFCF) local food policy council, we hope to build and advocate for a healthier, more sustainable food system.

Visit the Orange County UF-IFAS Extension Service for information on classes and workshops offered throughout the year on agriculture, family & consumer sciences, and gardening.

Courtesy of UF/IFAS Extension Orange County

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White star icon on red background Resource Garden

Red tomato icon on teal background Community Garden

White wheat icon on green background Urban Farm

White school building icon on yellow background School Garden

White tractor icon on orange background Commercial Vegetable Farm

Backyard Chicken Pilot Program

Passed September 9, 2020, Ordinance 3182-20 establishes regulations for the issuing of backyard chicken permits and the keeping of backyard chickens as a 24-month pilot program.

Interested in applying for a Backyard Chicken Permit?

Step 1. Review the rules.

Step 2. Take a class.

Step 3. Apply for a Backyard Chicken Permit.

Step 4. Your application is reviewed.

Step 5.  Pay $50 fee once permit is approved.

Step 6. Install your coop & schedule your final inspection.

NOTE: All backyard chicken permits expire 9/9/2022.

Community Gardens

A community garden is a collaborative green space in which the participants share in both the maintenance and the rewards. Check out the University of Florida’s IFAS Extension Starting a Community Guide for tips and resources on starting a community garden.

Mead Botanical Garden Community Garden. One of the first community gardens in Winter Park, this garden provides organic vegetables and fruit for members to keep and to share. If you have an interest in being a part of the Mead Community Garden, contact the Community Garden Board. The Mead Community Garden.

Winter Park Community Center Community Garden. For information on plot availability, contact the Winter Park Community Center.

Gardens at Depugh Nursing Center. For information on plot availability, contact Our Whole Community.

Meatless Mondays in Winter Park

Going meatless once a week may reduce your risk of chronic preventable conditions like cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity. It can also help reduce your carbon footprint and save precious resources like fresh water and fossil fuel. Find out more about the Winter Park’s Meatless Monday Program, participating organizations, and how you can help encourage your local restaurants, schools, and workplaces to participate.

Winter Park Farmers’ Market

The Winter Park Saturday Farmers’ Market is a popular community gathering place the provides fresh produce, plants, baked goods and more. SNAP/EBT recipients can obtain tokens at the market’s welcome booth to purchase items at all vendors. A bonus match of up to $20 per week is also to SNAP/EBT patrons purchasing Florida-grown produce and edible plant vendors.

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Our Vision

Winter Park is the city of arts and culture, cherishing its traditional scale and charm while building a healthy and sustainable future for all generations.