College Park Community Newspaper : CPCN 020118
12 News FEBRUARY 2018 COLLEGEPARKPAPER.COM (Continued from page 1) 4ROOTS With the purpose of “returning to our roots,” the 4R Foundation that Rivers established in 2015 aims to build community while “uniting to produce our own fresh food,” as stated in the Foundation’s promotional video. According to OCPS Associate Superintendent for Career and Technical Education Mike Armbruster, what initially began as conversations about field trip opportunities — for public school students to visit future 4Rivers urban farms — developed quickly into talks about school-based farming projects. He said: “The horticultural side of agriculture is very appealing at Edgewater with its urban setting. It’s an exciting opportunity for students in agriculture but also for students in other programs to study entrepreneurship and starting a business.” Armbruster said the school system is in the early, due process stage of development for Edgewater’s urban farm, with hopes that one day, the students at Edgewater High can even have a regularly scheduled farmers market at the school to sell their produce. “It’s a unique chance to partner with 4Rivers and what we hope to see long term as an impact across all of OCPS,” Armbruster said. According to Paige Greninger, 4R Foundation executive director, $300,000 of the $400,000 needed to complete the 4Roots Farm at Edgewater High School has been raised. Funding has come from Dr. Phillips Charities, Florida Blue, Kiwanis Club of Orlando Foundation, the 4R Restaurant Group, and The 4R Foundation. The Edgewater project is modeled after a similar on- campus growing center at Ocoee High School. In 2016, the 4R Foundation invested in its first high school Horticulture Science and Agricultural Program and 4Roots Farm with a major revitalization of Ocoee High’s greenhouses and growing systems. The high school growing centers are just the start for the 4R Foundation, Greninger said. Their key initiative is to create the 4Roots Farm and Regional Agriculture Center, where students will gain practical work experience and an opportunity to build a career in agriculture. That agricultural center is what Ken Robinson of Dr. Phillips Charities called an “aspirational” portion covering 40 acres of the new regional park Dr. Phillips Inc. and the city are developing at John Young Parkway and Princeton Street in College Park. (See update on page XX.) According to Greninger, “John [Rivers]’s goal in running the 4R Ventures and Restaurant Group, and my hope in developing the 4R Foundation, is that we want to serve and impact the next generation and this community well ... by investing and collaborating with others in the establishment of the 4Roots Farm in order to nourish and educate youth and members of the community — mind, body and soul — through the creation of, and access to, a local sustainable food system.” In 2004, John Rivers harnessed his passion for cooking brisket to serve the community when he hosted a cookout fundraiser for a young girl battling cancer. He, his family, friends, and other volunteers then cooked for many people who needed help — schools, churches, charities, civic organizations, and people in distress. Over the years, his “barbecue ministry” impact and popularity grew until Rivers could no longer handle the operation from his garage. Pledging to preserve the values and goals of his founding, he opened his first 4R Smokehouse in 2009. To date, 15 restaurants have opened in Florida and one in Atlanta. As of 2016, 4Rivers contributed more than $2 million in charitable donations to organizations and individuals in need. This led Rivers to officially establish The 4R Foundation to ensure the continuation and enhancement of the restaurant group’s charitable efforts. “The thought of having a project like the one in development at Edgewater High is so thrilling,” Rife said. “So many students, neighbors and even commuters will be impacted by having such a visible project right in the heart of College Park.” Cycling in College Park to become safer By Natalie Monzon Two bike “sharrows” will be added to College Park to help further connect it with Ivanhoe Village. A sharrow, or shared lane marking, is a road- marking used to indicate a shared-lane environment for bicycles and automobiles. The new routes will be placed in Winter Park Street, Yale Street, and New Hampshire Street. They will both go from Edgewater Drive to Orange Avenue. Installation will begin early this year. Each route will take about a week to finish. Some of the expected benefits include reducing the risk of wrong-way bicycling, encouraging safe passing of bicyclists by motorists, alerting road users of the locations bicyclists are likely to travel, assisting bicyclists with streets that are too narrow, and marking shared lanes with on-street parallel parking. College Park Main Street supports these new routes and hopes additional sharrow routes and signage can be added in the near future. COURTESY OF 4R FOUNDATION John Rivers, founder of the 4Rivers Restaurant Group and 4R Foundation and 4Roots Farm 1822 Edgewater Drive, Orlando, Fl 32804 Open Monday - Saturday, 10 - 5 407-843-0040 it’s the mix, not the match. A Division of Gribble Interior Group . Furnishings Décor Lifestyle . 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