Berry Good Farms & Berry Good Blooms
The mission of Berry Good Farms, a division of North Florida School of Special Education, is to educate and employ individuals with intellectual and developmental differences while providing the community with a valuable service through local enterprise, entrepreneurship, and educational opportunities.
The vision of Berry Good Farms is to provide a self-sustaining industry for students and graduates encompassing education, hands-on experience, and compensated employment. Transition students and Postgraduates will be trained in the field of horticulture, culinary arts and the production of agricultural goods.
Nestled amongst the North Florida School of Special Education’s Mill Creek Road Campus lies Berry Good Farms – an urban farm featuring a wide variety of fruits, vegetables and herbs, as well as hydroponics and aquaponics, vertical grow poles, a 30×60 greenhouse for herbs, veggie starts and microgreens and cut flowers. Organic practices are applied in all growing areas on the farm.
The seeds for Berry Good Farms were sown in 2011. Through careful cultivation, loving hands and big dreams, we have seen its roots take hold in our community, and Berry Good Farms continues to grow into a self-sustaining, viable industry for students and Postgraduates at North Florida School of Special Education. At Berry Good Farms, our goal is to provide sustainable food in an ecological manner through the compensated employment of our Transition Students and Postgraduates, who continue to strive for independence and productivity in the community.
Like North Florida School of Special Education, our programming continues to grow. We were thrilled to add Berry Good Blooms to our list of microenterprises. Our urban farm, Berry Good Farms, has expanded beyond tasty fruits and vegetables and now includes beautiful flowers for bouquets to spread joy and love. Students are part of every step, from growing and tending their flowers to arranging and designing stunning centerpieces and bouquets. In the past year, Berry Good Blooms has provided the floral arrangements for weddings, formal dinners, and even