Audubon Park Garden District
3201 Corrine Drive, Suite 216
Orlando, FL 32803
Executive Director: Jennifer Marvel
The 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. Like the Audubon Park Garden District Main Street program itself, both Fleet Farms and Compost Orlando are headquartered in APGD.
In 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.
In May 2016, Audubon Park Garden District received the 2016 Great American Main Street Award, a national honor that recognizes the country’s best example of comprehensive neighborhood commercial district revitalization. APDG was recognized for reinventing itself from a neighborhood that historically served the nearby military base into a corridor flourishing with nationally-acclaimed small businesses, an epicenter for Orlando’s farm-to-table movement and its hosting of Zombietoberfest and Bastille Day that bring thousands of visitors to the district looking to partake in these unique, free events, which truly are #alocalthing.
Declared Orlando’s “most talked about community” by Atlanta Magazine, APGD is bringing transformational change to Orlando’s neighborhoods.