About Green Florida


Garden Florida is a non-profit organization that creates community gardens, provides a network for community gardens in Florida, and helps neighborhoods organize for a green economy.


Vision Statement

Garden Florida's vision is of a state in which thousands of permanent community gardens have been established in neighborhoods throughout Florida, helping those neighborhoods provide food, safety, enjoyment and education for their residents.


Our Values

  • Environmental Sustainability

Garden Florida gardens use organic and other sustainable practices that conserve and protect water and other resources. Our gardens prioritize the use of Florida native plants for ornamental plantings as the best plant material for conserving Florida's unique ecosystem.

  • Building Stronger Communities

Garden Florida gardens strengthen communities through community organizing, with the goal of broad-based community engagement in creating a green economy. Our gardens have the goal of 50% participation and leadership in each garden coming from people in surrounding neighborhoods.

  • Respect and Responsibility

Garden Florida is committed to treating people with respect both inside and outside the organization. Garden Florida does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, ethnicity, disability, sex, religion, class, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression or age.

Our Member Gardens share Garden Florida’s core values of Respecting IndividualsProtecting theEnvironment, and Strengthening Communities.  These three principles are defined in different ways across the state, but form a common thread amongst the many projects aimed at sustainable environmental practices and community engagement in a respectful environment that is accessible to all.  Check out each garden's core principles tab to read about how these values play out in their community.


Board of Directors

  • Andrea Hildebran Smith

Andrea founded Green Florida in 2007 as the organizational backbone from which to run the Bartlett Park Community Garden and other community gardening related projects. Since then the Bartlett Park Community Garden has been able to purchase its garden land and expand onto new property for the addition of a chicken coop. Andrea is a writer and community organizer with over 20 years of experience in the field of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights.


  • Nadine Smith

A partner in founding Green Florida, Nadine is an acclaimed human rights advocate, journalist and writer who has organized for more than 30 years for LGBT civil rights in the United States and internationally. She is the founder and CEO of Equality Florida.


  • Ava Deveaux

Ava Deveaux is an experienced gardener and community activist with deep ties to numerous community gardens in Pinellas County.  A leader in the Gathering of Women, Ava has runs the Flower Girls youth program at the Bartlett Park Community Garden.


Non-Profit Charitable Organization

Green Florida is a not-for-profit corporation registered with the State of Florida as Green-Florida.org, Inc.  We are a charitable organization recognized by the IRS under chapter 501(c)3 of the tax code.  Our EIN is 26-1479281.