The Edible Plant Project
The Crazy Woman Farm
2205 SE 23rd Place
Gainesville, FL 32641-1474
Map to Our Location
Phone: 561-236-2262 (Michael)
- Contact Michael at 561-236-2262 for purchases, which can be picked up on Sunday volunteer days at the Crazy Woman Farm, from 1:30 to 4:30 pm
- Also on the first Wednesday of every month, 4-7 pm, The Edible Plant Project sells at the Union St. Farmers’ Market in Downtown Gainesville
- perennial fruits and nuts
- perennial vegetables
- annuals seeds
- tea and spice plants
- mushroom growing supplies
- and more
The Edible Plant Project is a not-for-profit, volunteer-based group working to promote edible landscaping and local food abundance in North Central Florida. The goal of the EPP is to create positive alternatives to the unsustainable food system in this country.
Please call for visits. Volunteer work days are held Sundays from 1:30 to 4 or 5 pm. This is a great time to learn all about cultivating a wide variety of sustainable local plants.
A special focus of EPP is tree crops: fruit and nut trees. These wonders of nature need to be planted only once, and they yield abundantly for decades, often with little or no care. Anyone who has every stood under a tree loaded with fruit, gorging themselves on the crop, can appreciate the freely given abundance. Right now, there are mulberry, fig, loquat, pear, pecan, and persimmon trees around Gainesville that make heavy crops of delicious fruit and nuts every year. We need more of them! For many of these tree crops, it is a simple matter to start new plants, from cuttings or seed. At the EPP, we maintain a nursery for starting and growing new fruit and nut trees for distribution to the community. Prices are set just high enough to cover our expenses.
Another foundation of local abundance is vegetables. We are working on creating a seed bank of locally-adapted, non-hybrid vegetable varieties so that we can save our own seed from year to year, every year improving the crop by selecting seed from the plants which do the best. By sharing and distributing seed, we are largely independent from the seed companies and their nationally-marketed hybrid varieties that often require chemical fertilizers and pesticides for good production.Beyond spreading the germplasm of plant varieties, we also want to spread information. Recipes and processing techniques can make sure the bounty is well utilized (for example, dehydrated mulberries taste like mulberry-flavored raisins!) We maintain a nursery for fruit and nut trees and a keep a seed bank of locally-adapted, non-hybrid vegetable varieties so we can select seed from the plants which do the best. We share our trees, seed, and recipes with the community. Our prices are set just high enough to cover our expenses.