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The Farm

A hub of freshness

Located in the heart of our community, this innovative growing complex encompasses controlled-environment agriculture greenhouses, a state-of-the-art processing facility and delivery fleet. Serving as the hub, this complex ensures the quality, safety, and timely delivery of nutrient-dense produce grown in our greenhouses and on our partner farms.

Our Greenhouses

Healthy plants. Healthy people.

The Villages Grown farm sits on 45 acres right in The Villages’ own backyard. Starting with 5 acres in phase 1, these cutting-edge greenhouses will employ advanced hydroponic and aeroponic technologies to consistently yield 60+ varieties. Our innovative growing techniques and standards surpass organic, and are designed to enhance phytochemicals, nutrients and vitamins for optimal plant health… when plants are healthier, they can make people healthier.

Partner Farms

Mutually beneficial

Supporting local farms that share the same passion and standards is important to our food system. By partnering with local family farms and artisans we can offer more variety of just-picked produce and help residents get to know exactly where their food comes from and who grows it. It’s all part of helping the community reconnect with their food.

 

Food Safety

Above and beyond

We never settle, especially when it comes to food safety. Our facility exceeds national and international organic growing standards and the Food Safety Modernization Act. Pushing well ahead of the curve, our standards limit contamination and eliminate chemicals to deliver clean produce, the way nature intended.

Sustainability

Preserving what's precious

Our sustainable and innovative practices ensure we consistently deliver the best products while taking great care to preserve natural resources for future generations. Our greenhouses are pesticide-free, utilize less land, and employ various resource-monitoring systems and processes. A reduced carbon footprint is the result of this hyper-local approach.

Growing Team

Passionate & focused

The Villages Grown team brings extensive experience from the fields of agriculture and wellness. Coming from diverse backgrounds, the team finds common ground in the importance of local, sustainable food systems and their impact on the well-being of people and communities.

Jennifer Waxman

Jennifer Waxman

Executive Director

Jennifer Waxman is Florida native and Local Food System expert and  speaker who comes to The Villages Grown with a diverse background in sustainable agriculture (mainly Controlled Environment Agriculture), local food systems, natural wellness and vertically-integrated business strategy. Ms. Waxman is responsible for Strategy, New Business Development, Sales, Marketing, Education, and Programming. She has been a strategic business planner for over 17 years and is the Founder of Sustainable Synergy, Inc. and Seed-2-Source, Corp. Her focus is creating a truly sustainable and synergistic Local Food System in The Villages with an emphasis on bridging agriculture with optimal wellness.
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Adam Wright

Adam Wright

Director of Operations

Adam Wright is a Florida native with a background in industrial design and construction. He began early as an understudy for acclaimed industrial designer Greg Arnette, Oakley’s Eyewear co-founder/Arnette Eyewear founder. After graduating, he began an industrial design career in Italy where he was exposed to, and fell in love with, Slow-Food Agriturismos (livable farm-to-table cultures). Upon his return, he joined Seed2Source and began making an impact on the local and national food system. Through events, community outreach projects, consulting local farmers, municipalities, Foundations, and markets; these experiences shape The Villages Grown’s highly progressive food system model.
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Dr. Bill Huggins, DSc, ND, HMD

Dr. Bill Huggins, DSc, ND, HMD

Director of Production & Wellness

Dr. Bill Huggins comes to The Villages Grown with over 40 years’ experience in research and development of hydroponic growing methodologies as well as pharmaceutical, cosmeceuticals, herbal and nutraceutical formulations. He has developed many formulas for the nutraceutical, supplement and alternative healthcare industry. He continues to conduct botanical and horticulture experiments on medicinal herbs and foods from around the world. His research in hydroponics has also led to the development of new methods for growing medicinal herbs under controlled environments. Further, he conducts lectures and seminars on how to treat chronic conditions naturally with food, supplements, and life-style changes.
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