The Fleet Farming model creates a decentralized Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) system that converts homeowner lawns and underutilized land throughout any neighborhood into mini organic urban farms (known as ‘farmlettes’). The produce grown takes a new spin on ‘sharecropping’ and provides 5-10% of the food to the homeowner. Fleet Farmers then use zero-emission transportation by using bicycles to maintain the farmlettes, harvest and process the food, and distribute everything to local restaurants and farmers markets in the surrounding neighborhoods. This ensures that the local economy is stimulated, and that the revenues from the sale of produce are maintained within the neighborhood.

As a method of citizen participation, anyone in the community can be a Fleet Farmer. They simply attend one of our biweekly SWARM Rides, bring a bike, gloves, water and a helmet, and receive 1/2 off our produce at the farmers market. Throughout the bi-weekly ride, the Fleet Farmers stop at 3-5 fa...
The Fleet Farming model creates a decentralized Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) system that converts homeowner lawns and underutilized land throughout any neighborhood into mini organic urban farms (known as ‘farmlettes’). The produce grown takes a new spin on ‘sharecropping’ and provides 5-10% of the food to the homeowner. Fleet Farmers then use zero-emission transportation by using bicycles to maintain the farmlettes, harvest and process the food, and distribute everything to local restaurants and farmers markets in the surrounding neighborhoods. This ensures that the local economy is stimulated, and that the revenues from the sale of produce are maintained within the neighborhood.

As a method of citizen participation, anyone in the community can be a Fleet Farmer. They simply attend one of our biweekly SWARM Rides, bring a bike, gloves, water and a helmet, and receive 1/2 off our produce at the farmers market. Throughout the bi-weekly ride, the Fleet Farmers stop at 3-5 farmlettes to engage in the collaborative experience of tilling, setting up irrigation, planting, weeding, harvesting, processing, and selling the produce at the local markets.

In 2015, Fleet Farming began to diversify its business model in order to accommodate the seasonality of agriculture production. Under the Fleet Fruits segment, homeowners register their fruit trees with Fleet Farming for a fruit gleaning service. Under this service, Fleet Farming maintains and harvests from in-season fruit trees on a quarterly basis – sharecropping 5-10 % of the fruits with the homeowner. The remaining produce is sold through Fleet Farming’s established channels.

Additionally, Fleet Farming administers a third revenue stream known as Fleet Gardens. This segment is a raised-bed turn-key garden installation service for homes and businesses.

Fleet Farming has grown to 3 branches which have resulted in 25 lawns converted, 4,074 lbs of food grown, 630 community members educated (via Swarm Rides), 3,612 miles biked, 4 jobs created and 8,148 lbs of CO2 displaced. In Orlando we have a wait list of 300 homes who would like a farmlette instead of a lawn.

Furthermore, due to gaining national attention from NBC Nightly News, NowThis , NPR, and many others, we have a database of over 495 individuals, community-based organizations and/or non-profit organizations who are seeking to replicate Fleet Farming in their community!

As a result, we're developing a social franchising platform!
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