The Local Food Project, St Petersburg, FL grows food, community, jobs and economic stimulus through food-based projects

Carol is passionate about dynamic empowerment of marginalized groups through the synergies of a holistic approach for sustainable community transition. So in 2014 she founded The Local Food Project (dba of Local Food Park Inc) along with a team of like-minded individuals to develop solutions for a healthier food system in the Tampa Bay Region. This eco-agribusiness  combines the wide-ranging impact and socioeconomic benefits of a nonprofit with a Co-op focused on socially equitable training, jobs and entrepreneurship. Believing in the power of an integrated whole systems approach, Carol served as a founding member of Sustainable Urban Agriculture Coalition (SUAC), helped create and disseminate the Blueprint for Sustainable Urban Agriculture in the Tampa Bay Area, for this parent organization of the local food movement, and has served on its Board of Directors. She advocates for codes and ordinances which enable expansion of urban agriculture and sustainable food production practices, and was instrumental in pursuing these in her local community. Working at the nexus of healthy food systems and emerging sustainable energy solutions, she has advocated for sustainable community development since 1999, and currently advocates for micro grids, solar energy and eco district comprehensive sustainable planning to ensure a more resilient region. She grew up in a family with a background in farming and fruit orchards,  which inspired her lifelong bond with nature. Carol earned her Bachelors degree in Management at Eckerd College and has a 30-year background in multinational business, including international trade, hospitality, strategic marketing, and 15 years as owner of an interior design firm .  Over the past 7 years, she has practiced urban agriculture, creating community and school gardens, volunteering extensively, and teaching people how to grow their own food and improve their diets with fresh produce. She has studied CEA, regenerative agriculture and organic gardening and applied these skills to develop resilient techniques for expanding food resources while nurturing the planet.

Carol Smith
​Executive Director

Board President

It takes a team of dedicated staff and volunteers to make sure we are reaching out to as many people as we can so everyone can have access to education, training and affordable healthy, locally produced food. We're fortunate to have some of the best devoting their time, energy, and expertise to our cause. In addition to our Board of Directors and Advisory Council, we are gifted with a diverse group of talented farmers, gardeners, arborists, community organizers, educators, researchers and sustainable business professionals who make the magic happen and keep us G R O W I N G.

A dream team to develop, teach and motivate.

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