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Organic farm in Pinellas Park helps feed thousands of people in need at St. Petersburg Free Clinic

Clinic repays farm with composting scraps
Sustainable Family Farm
Posted at 3:41 AM, Apr 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-15 07:09:47-04

PINELLAS PARK, Fla. — A unique new friendship in the Tamap Bay area is helping feed thousands of people in need.

The Sustainable Family Farm in Pinellas Park grows organic carrots, kale and tomatoes for hundreds of hungry families at the St. Petersburg Free Clinic.

“About 2,500 to 3,000 people a month,” says the clinic’s Monica Brimm. “A minimum of 120 people a day.”

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The scraps from those vegetables and healthy meals at the clinic then goes back to the Sustainable Family Farm for composting and to create fertilizer.

It is a sweet simple symbiotic relationship that is helping everyone involved.

“We picked up 6,000 pounds of scraps last month,” says the farm’s Robin Clemmons. “We don’t have to buy fertilizer or soil. We’re making our own. It’s also helping the free clinic. They’re not paying for trash pickup. And it’s helping the planet. This stuff isn’t winding up in a landfill.”