Patrick Garvey was working for the state Department of Children and Families four years ago when he got a grant from Volunteer Florida to create an edible garden at a food stamp outreach site in the Florida Keys.
"It was $5,000. It was all volunteers," said Garvey. He was supposed to create one garden and get 50 volunteers.
"We ended up doing 11 gardens and engaging more than 500 volunteers," he said.
Garvey was hooked on the idea of helping people learn how to grow their own food. But he didn't want to do it while working for the state.