Recognized by the National Main Street Center as one of the best Main Streets in the United States, the Audubon Park Garden District is the hub of Orlando’s burgeoning good food movement.With an organic community garden, Fleet Farms’ urban farmlettes, an ecodistrict initiative, and a host of local businesses featuring artisanal and eco-friendly products, APGD is creating a sustainable community that is increasingly recognized by people all over the United States.
Home since 2007 to Orlando’s first local-only farmers market, APGD has since expanded local food options with Fleet Farms’ urban farming program, culinary cutting edge farm to table restaurants and several organic green grocers and bakeries. This focus on organic food production, coupled with a passion for sustainable living, has resulted in Central Florida’s first bicycle powered composting service, Compost Orlando. With Compost Orlando local food purveyors can cycle local food scrap back into the urban farms. From farm to table to farm again. Like the Audubon Park Garden District Main Street program itself, both Fleet Farms and Compost Orlando are headquartered in APGD.
APGD is also working to become Orlando’s first EcoDistrict. Primary areas of focus for 2016 are biodiversity and wildlife habitat. APGD’s first EcoDistrict project is the creation of a Bee Safe zone to protect native pollinators. We have also created a pollinator pocket garden at the corner of Corrine Drive and Bennett Road. Our efforts have also resulted in Orlando’s first multipurpose path being installed along Bumby Ave. when it reopens in 2017. Subsequent projects will include planting a public orchard, native tree walks and becoming a certified wildlife habitat community, as well as energy and water conservation programming.
In addition to food and green initiatives, APGD is home to a variety of award winning businesses, including nationally and internationally recognized shopping, dining and entertainment stops. We offer locally brewed craft beer from one of the top craft beer bars in the United States, a cookie named by National Geographic as one of the top ten to travel for in the United States, a bake shop named the best in the state of Florida, Orlando’s only independent bookstore, Orlando’s top coffee shop, Orlando’s best record store, and an array of shops featuring vintage and locally made goods.
Declared Orlando’s “most talked about community” by Atlanta Magazine, APGD is bringing transformational change to Orlando’s neighborhoods.
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Established in 2008, the Audubon Park Garden District is a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and an accredited Main Street program. Created by the National Trust for Historic Preservation over thirty years ago, Main Street is a national movement to help cities, towns, and villages revitalize their neighborhood business districts. We have one employee, a network of volunteers, four standing committees, and an impact that far exceeds our small budget.
The Audubon Park Garden District uses the best practices of of the Main Street program, as established by the National Trust.