Education & Advocacy

Organizations located in Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, and Desoto counties.

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Community Health Improvement Partnership (CHIP)

P.O. Box 2658, Sarasota

(941) 861-2969

About: CHIP is a vehicle to develop ideas and action for creating a healthier community and a brighter future for Sarasota County and beyond.

Green Garden Chef


(941) 219-8715

About: Educational website for organic gardeners and home chefs. Now also selling a variety of cottage food products and edible plants at the Bradenton Farmers' Market.

Manatee Chickens Hatchery

N Rye Rd, Parrish

(941) 356-5076


About: Offering several varieties of live chicks, including heritage breeds, chicken tractors, and classes in backyard chicken-keeping.

Manatee CLUCK (Citizens Lobbying for Urban Chicken-Keeping)


About: Educating about and working to legalize backyard chicken-keeping in Manatee County.

Manatee Rare Fruit Council

About: Introducing, propagating, and distributing rare tropical and sub-tropical fruits. The club meets the second Monday of each month, usually at the Manatee County Fairgrounds. Visitors and guests are welcome.

The Manic Organic

North Port


About: Mobile greenhouse and education center providing healthy meal preparation, free and low-cost educational talks and workshops, and edible garden consultation, installation, and maintenance.

My Garden Products

(941) 518-0239


About: Rain barrels, compost bins, and grow buckets made from recycled or repurposed materials. Worm tea and other natural plant foods. Moringa plants, powder, and seminars about this “miracle tree.” At the Sarasota Farmers Market.

Nature's Partner


About: The only original vendor at the Sarasota Farmers Market. Produce is grown by the owner, Peter Burkard, or other local, organic growers. Peter is also the author of a book about gardening in Southwest Florida.

Sarasota CLUCK (Citizens Lobbying for Urban Chicken-Keeping



About: Citizens working together to legalize backyard chickens (specifically laying hens) in unincorporated Sarasota County, and within the city limits of Venice and North Port. They are already legal in the City of Sarasota.

Sarasota Urban Gardening Meetup


About: For anyone interested in urban gardening, sustainable living, organic growing, hydroponics, aquaponics, and permaculture to meet other enthusiasts and share ideas and information. All skill levels are welcome. 

Siesta Key Kiwanis Club


(941) 254-1944


About: Gleaning residential fruit trees for All Faiths Food Bank since 2003. Volunteers welcome.

Simply Organix


(941) 544-4249


About: Sprouts, micro-greens, wheatgrass, and more. Available at the Sarasota, Englewood, and Venice farmers' markets, Choices Natural Market, Veg, Ionie Raw Food Cafe, Cafe Evergreen, The Real Juice Bar, and through their buying club: Affordable Organix.

Slow Food Greater Sarasota


About: Meet other locals who are interested in a food system based upon environmental sustainability and social justice - a food system that is good, clean, and fair. Part of the international Slow Food movement.

Southwest Florida Small Farmers Network

About: Facilitated by UF/IFAS Agricultural Extension agents from Sarasota, Lee and Collier counties, this network provides education to meet small farmer-identified priorities. Activities include meetings, farm visits, presentations, potluck lunches, and seed swaps.

Suncoast Beekeepers Association


About: Dedicated to promoting beekeeping and supporting beekeepers in Manatee and Sarasota counties. An educational and social venue for beekeepers of all experience levels.

Sunshine Canning

About: Pickles, jams, and more available at the Downtown Bradenton Farmers' Market and the Bridge Street Market on Anna Maria Island. Products are made from local, seasonal produce. Hands-on public and private classes and workshops available.

Transition Sarasota


(941) 408-3374

About: Local Food Shift campaign includes the Suncoast Gleaning Project, a 10% Local Food Shift Pledge, Greater Sarasota's Eat Local Resource Guide & Directory, and an annual Eat Local Week.

Transition Venice


(941) 275-5431

About: Grassroots sustainability group whose activities include hosting gardening and culinary skill-building workshops, offering educational programs about local, sustainable agriculture, participating in Sarasota County Fruit Share, and operating the Growing Together Community Garden.

Tropical Fruit Society of Sarasota


(941) 351-5469


About: Not-for-profit organization dedicated to introducing, propagating, and distributing the many rare tropical and sub-tropical fruits grown worldwide. Meetings are held the third Wednesday of each month at the Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota.