Today we’re excited to announce our partnership with local celebrity chef, Art Smith, to promote sustainable farming practices with the opening of the Southern Sustainable Food Center in Jasper, Florida. The SSFC will feature a state-of-the-art Old Florida Bakery and Kitchen, online learning center, farm to table school, farm stores, and other cultural resources.
In 2014, Chef Smith founded a similar program in nearby Madison, Florida called the Reunion Garden and Kitchen School. The non-profit school provides free educational and mentorship programs focused on farm-to-table and sustainable living practices programs. SFFC and Old Florida Bakery and Kitchen builds on Chef Art Smith’s mission to accelerate the burgeoning trend for local and organic foods by inspiring students and community leaders across Florida and Georgia to adopt sustainable farming practices.
Local and regional growers require new approaches to brand and sell their desirable local produce, and to develop opportunities to create value added products. Jubilee Blues blueberries will be one of the many Florida-grown featured ingredients at the SSFC bakery. Through Jubilee Orchard’s partnership with the SSFC, the bakery will bring to market Jubilee Blues’ brand muffins, scones, pies and cakes to be sold regionally.