Sneak Peek: Planting Thanksgiving Dinner For 1,000 Needy Families

September 15, 2023

Every November, takes you to Farm City Week, and this year we are giving you an early sneak peek.

During Farm City Week, a couple of hundred or so student volunteers from Escambia and Santa Rosa counties work for a day in the fields near Jay to harvest collards and turnips, bag sweet potatoes, and more to be distributed with hams or turkeys to feed 1,000 needy families at Thanksgiving.

Tate High School FFA students worked tirelessly recently to transplant and water 2,600 collard plants at the UF/IFAS West Florida Research & Education Center.

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“The Farm to City food distribution allows us to feed these families and teach people in our community about the economic, environmental, and societal benefits of agriculture,” said Robin Vickers from the UF/IFAS West Florida Research and Education Center.

UF/IFAS WFREC is looking for public partners to support the effort. For more information, contact Vickers at or 850-393-7334.

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4 Responses to “Sneak Peek: Planting Thanksgiving Dinner For 1,000 Needy Families”

  1. Sandra on September 17th, 2023 8:14 am

    This is awesome! I wish I had paid closer attention when my Dad had planted our garden!

  2. WAyen on September 16th, 2023 9:26 pm

    Great to see positive stories about young people.

  3. Jcellops on September 16th, 2023 8:40 pm

    This is a wonderful endeavor!

  4. Mark on September 15th, 2023 10:41 am

    This annual event has grown every year and benefits both Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties. A big thank you to Robin Vickers, WFREC, and all the volunteers that work so hard.