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Mayor plots victory garden on donated land

Sowing the seeds of victory? Dennis Mulder would like to try. The Deltona mayor hopes to start a "victory garden" on a one acre plot with the help of Brian Menzies, the man behind the 35-acre Kissimmee garden that provides produce to Second Harvest Food Bank. Mulder gave a short presentation at last week's commission meeting, discussing the role victory gardens played on the home front during World Wars I and II. A half-acre plot on Tivoli Drive and Providence Boulevard is being offered for the garden by Deltona United Church of Christ.

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April 22nd, 2009
'People's Garden' starts taking shape on National Mall

Allison Winter | The New York Times

Showcasing sustainable farming, the Agriculture Department celebrated Earth Day by starting to turn USDA's 6-acre tract on the National Mall into an organic garden.

USDA plans to turn grass, ornamental trees and flowers into an expansive "People's Garden" to demonstrate conservation and growing techniques. There will be a 1,300-square-foot vegetable plot, pollinator gardens, mini-wetlands, green roofs and demonstrations of planting techniques that can reduce stormwater runoff.

Saying USDA plans to be a "center of sustainability," Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan led children of department employees and other visitors in planting corn, squash and beans for a traditional Sioux "three sisters" garden. She also urged USDA offices across the country to start their own gardens.

"It's my first public event at USDA, and it's about community gardening -- isn't that great?" said Merrigan, a longtime organic farming advocate.

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March 20th, 2009
Michelle Obama: How Does Your Garden Grow?
Amy Chozick | Wall Street Journal

Shovel in hand, Michelle Obama marked the first day of spring by digging up a grassy patch of land on the South Lawn of the White House.

Obama was joined by 26 fifth graders from Bancroft Elementary School in Washington, D.C., as she took the first steps toward planting a “White House Kitchen Garden,” an 1,100-square-foot plot for fruits and vegetables.

“We’ve got mulch, we’re good to go,” Obama told the students who sat around wooden picnic tables set up in view of a swarm of tourists assembled outside the executive mansion’s gate. She answered questions about gardening and explained that the new garden is designed to produce fresh produce for the First Family, the White House staff and visitors.

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November 27th, 2008  
'Victory garden' provides harvest of organic food for those in need
| Sentinel Staff Writer

Gigantic zucchini, tasty squash and wholesome collard greens are just some of the fresh organic produce bound for the tables of Central Florida's poor just in time for Thanksgiving.

Rows of nutritious food are growing in the midst of Kissimmee's tourist district -- including watermelons, okra, green beans and broccoli -- on 35 acres used by 1-800-Charity Farms.

The organization has delivered thousands of pounds of organically grown produce to Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida in the past few months. Billed as a "victory garden for the 21st century," the farm is the brainchild of Charity Cars founder Brian Menzies.

"We talked about this economy last year and thought that food would be one of those things that's not a luxury, that's necessity. " Menzies said. "With more and more people out of work and going to food banks like Second Harvest asking for help, it is a good expenditure of funds."

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November 19, 2008
Thousands of Pounds of Food Delivered

(Kissimmee, Fla.) 1-800-Charity Farms, the victory garden for the 21st century, has completed the delivery of thousands of pounds of fresh, organically grown vegetables to Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida for distribution to area needy.

1-800-Charity Farms made daily deliveries of fresh produce in the last few weeks to Second Harvest Food bank Of Central Florida, all within one-to-two days after harvest, allowing distribution to those in need while the produce is still fresh.

"Usually the produce we receive is at the end of its shelf life and we don't have the refrigeration capacity to store it so many times we must decline to accept it," said Greg Higgerson, Development Director for Second Harvest, adding that it is rare to be able to receive large amounts of healthy, fresh food to feed shelter guests.

In the days ahead, 1-800-Charity Farms plans to deliver more vitamin-rich food such as collard greens, zucchini, yellow squash, okra, broccoli, turnips, cucumbers, green beans, potatoes, beets, winter squashes, sweet potatoes, carrots, onions, watermelon and cabbage. The charity produces fresh, vine-ripened produce organically farmed in a natural way with no pesticides to maximize its nutritional value for the homeless, the economically impoverished and the elderly in Central Florida.

"We're committed to the sound mind, sound body concept," said Brian Menzies, CEO of The Original 1-800-Charity Cars which founded 1-800-Charity Farms in March 2008.

"Feeding the less fortunate members of our society and improving these individuals' physical well being with fresh, nutritious food helps them focus on other things they need to get done to get back on their feet," he added.

For additional information, contact Brian Menzies at 1-800-CHARITY (800-242-7489), ext. 2, or email him at


April 2, 2008
1-800-Charity Farms Launches Website

(Kissimmee, Fla.) 1-800-Charity Farms, the victory garden for the 21st century, has gone live with its informational website

The website serves as a clearinghouse of news, program information, and details about Central Florida's groundbreaking nonprofit providing homeless shelters and their guests with fresh, quality, nutritious food organically grown in a natural way.

"What we're giving people is a chance to improve their physical and mental well-being, which helps them successfully overcome the challenges associated with getting back on their feet," said Brian Menzies, CEO of The Original 1-800-Charity Cars. 1-800-Charity Farms is a project of 1-800-Charity Cars.

"By getting our word out onto the web, we can generate interest in the farm and put donors, volunteers, and community leaders in touch with people they can help," he added.

About 1-800-Charity Farms
1-800-Charity Farms ( is a life-changing farming operation situated on 35 irrigated acres in Kissimmee, Florida. Producing fresh, nutritious vegetables and fruit organically grown in a natural way with no pesticides, the food is harvested and distributed to non-profits helping the needy throughout Central Florida. 1-800-Charity Farms' vitamin-rich produce is served to homeless shelter guests, improving their physical and mental well-being and helping them get back on their feet and make positive contributions to society. The farm is a project of The Original 1-800-Charity Cars ( ), a national charity that provides free cars to struggling families. For more information, email

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