At the Urban Oasis Project, we believe that good, clean, healthy food should be accessible to all.
Urban Oasis Project prides itself in being an inclusive non-profit organization, embracing all people who support our mission regardless of religious preferences, sexual orientation, economic status, ethnicity, age, or disability. Urban Oasis experiments with all gardening and farming philosophies that do not harm the environment.
Market volunteers engage customers with stories of produce, farms recipes and more!
At our Farmers Direct dinner series, local farms and plant based chefs are featured to promote healthy eating from root to fruit! Each dinner consists of a live interview with the farm that supplies the produce.
Urban Oasis Project laid the groundwork for Verde Gardens Farm, getting 23 acres certified organic and provided literal tons of food for formerly homeless families of the community and the rest of Miami from 2013-2017.
FAB- Fresh Access Bucks
Urban Oasis Project has been welcoming SNAP recipients back into farmers markets since 2010 by doubling the value of SNAP dollars for fresh local fruits and veggies. This exciting program gets more fresh produce to the people struggling the most to afford it, which improves quality of life and health. At the same time, it generates more revenues for local farmers and the local economy.
FV Rx - Fruit and Veggie Prescriptions
In partnership with Jessie Trice Community Health Center and other organizations, Urban Oasis Project has been able to offer free boxes of fresh produce to families struggling with food insecurity, and/or diet related diseases.
Urban Oasis Project coordinates several farmers markets throughout Miami Dade County as a means to increase access to fresh and healthy food.
Our markets accept SNAP (formerly known as food stamps) and doubles their value up to $40 when spent on Florida fruits and vegetables. This is made possible through Fresh Access Bucks provided by our partners at Feeding Florida and the FINIP grant.
According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), a "food desert" is an area in the United States with limited access to affordable and nutritious food, particularly an area composed of predominantly low-income neighborhoods and communities. A G.I.V.E. Garden supplements a family or individual's diet with fresh vegetables and herbs and encourages fresh air and gardening exercise.
G.I.V.E. gardens began in April 2009 when a family living in a food desert wanted Urban Oasis to teach them how to make a food garden. The mother had a new baby on the way, the father was working long hours in retail, and the 4-year-old daughter was very excited to grow vegetables to eat. Their learning time was limited, and instead of teaching with just words and diagrams, we decided the best way to learn was by practice.
With a handful of volunteers and donated materials, the first G.I.V.E. garden was planted with a lot of hands-on learning for everyone.