Fresh Food Gardens thrives on helping families and organizations take steps towards self sufficiency by creating beautiful vegetable garden spaces. We foster community through education focused on promoting access to healthy, organic fresh food.
Fresh Food Gardens started from a moment in a friend’s backyard. Roberto saw a tomato plant growing out of a 5 gallon bucket and was instantly inspired to learn more. Through experimenting, reading and diving deeper into the world of urban gardens, soil biology and how to grow in our northern climate, grew the desire to help and teach others.
Meet Your Farmer
Roberto, originally from Puerto Rico, spent most of his youth and lived in Miami, Florida before moving to Maine in 2011. He admits rarely thinking of food coming from anywhere other than the store until he began gardening after being inspired one day seeing a tomato plant growing out of a 5 gallon bucket in a friend's backyard. He has been growing food ever since in his home for the last 7 years spending countless hours learning about soil biology, trying varying gardening techniques, growing different vegetable varieties and experimenting with canning and preserving. Roberto has created his dream organic urban backyard farm with his wife and youngest daughter in the North Deering Neighborhood of Portland, Maine, where they live with their 2 dogs.