Looking for a Backyard for Our Tiny House in Orlando

Hello people of Orlando!

My partner, Cheryl Davies, and I have just moved to Orlando and we are incredibly excited to get involved with many of the great movements going on here. I am embarking on a project of growing and foraging 100% of my food for a year to help and inspire people to start growing their own food. I will be helping people turn their lawns into gardens, starting a community composting program, planting 100+ fruit trees in the community, and volunteering with local nonprofits.

While here, we are looking to build a tiny house and set it up in someone’s unused space, such as a backyard. Particularly we are looking to live in the Audubon Park area, as there are organizations in that area that I intend to volunteer with a lot.

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Why did I choose to live in Orlando, Florida?

Many people have asked me why Cheryl and I chose to make our home in Orlando, Florida. I understand this question considering when most people think of Orlando, they think of Disney. Those that know me, know that I’m not into Disney. It also hosts more business conferences than any other city in the USA. Orlando often tops the list of being the most visited city in the nation and not for reasons I’m very involved in. It’s not thought of as the most environmentally progressive city. Nothing like a San Francisco or Seattle. Orlando is a large urban center, not the most nature-centered place.

And then there’s the state of Florida, one state that makes headlines for politicians that I sit on the opposite side of the spectrum to when it comes to my beliefs on humanity, environment, and the Earth as a whole. The state also makes headlines for making it illegal to live off the grid (not always the most accurate stories), toxic blooms of algae from Big Ag, and schools where it’s against the rules to use the phrase “climate change.”

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Food Freedom- A Year of Growing and Foraging 100% of My Food

Announcing my next big project!

For one year I will grow and forage 100% of my food, while living in the urban city of Orlando, Florida. Every single morsel of food, down to the salt, oils, and herbs will come from the land and I will harvest it myself. I will go an entire year without eating food from grocery stores (including the dumpsters), restaurants, or even taking a nibble of chocolate or a sip of tea at a party.

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Buying Backyard Veggies From your Neighbor

How many miles did your meal travel from the farm to your plate? Chances are, too many! Vinder is an online community marketplace where you can buy and sell fresh produce straight from your neighbors. “It allows you to know who is growing your food and how it’s being grown and where it’s being grown.”

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Summer Rayne Oakes’ Urban Jungle Apartment

Meet Summer Rayne Oakes. She has over 600 plants in her Brooklyn apartment and a rescued foster chicken! She started with one plant 7 years ago and now has created an urban jungle in her own apartment.

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Opportunity Village Tiny House Community for Homeless

Over 500,000 people are homeless in the USA every night. This tiny house community for the homeless is a solution! Opportunity Village in Eugene, Oregon is transitioning the unhoused into sustainable living situations. What started with an empty, unused lot of land is now a village of 30 tiny houses!

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Food Not Bombs​ is Spreading Across the World!

“Food Not Bombs” is spreading across the world! Starting in Cambridge, Massachusetts 37 years ago, they are now in 500 cities in the USA and 60 countries worldwide. To combat hunger, homelessness, and poverty, they rescue food that is going to waste and provide free meals to feed the hungry. Local stores, food banks, and farmers markets donate fresh ingredients, which a team of volunteers cook and serve.

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We Need more Public Bathrooms!

Ever had to hold it in because you couldn’t find a bathroom? We need more public bathrooms! The nonprofit “PHLUSH” is committed to improving our public toilet system by making restrooms more accessible for everyone. “We think public toilets are just as essential as street lights, curb cuts, or running water systems in cities.”

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Backyard Farmer Store

Welcome to The Eugene Backyard Farmer, an urban farming store that makes farming easier and more accessible in cities. Millions of people are waking up to where our food is coming from and many across the nation are starting to grow their own.

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