Growing Synergy Foods is a small business with a large vision. Growing Synergy Foods is local food distribution company that champions locally grown, and independently crafted foods throughout Central Florida. We work with farmers and artisans alike to bring the finest and freshest ingredients to foodservice establishments. Through events such as on-farm breakfasts, food tastings, fruit and vegetable pickings, and other special activities – Growing Synergy Foods fills a necessary niche in the growing local food movement. A segment of Florida’s population is passionate about knowing who grows their food, and understanding exactly where their food comes from. Growing Synergy is committed to that population — and growing it. As local and organic farmers cultivate the land in which we live, our company cultivates a following that is truly a fellowship of food. We invite your ideas, your recipes, your products, your time, and your participation in this important project that brings all of us closer to the soil.
- Grass-fed beef
- Pastured lamb
- Pastured pork
- Pasture raised, and free-range chicken
- Raw-milk cheeses
- Pesticide-free fruits and vegetables
- Artisan breads and pastries
- Healthy beverages
- Sea salt
- Hot sauces
- Jams and jellies
Our Managing Partners, include Trisha Warner Strawn and Rebecca Reis-Miller.
We have a passion for localizing our food system, and met through the local chapter of the International food sustainability organization, Slow Food®. Our combined commitment to a sustainable food model, coupled with industry experience, has positioned us to develop a company dedicated to the future of food.
Our company started in May 2011 with consultation services, and by August 2011 we were on the road providing Florida chefs and consumers with proteins including beef, lamb, veal, poultry, eggs and dairy from Central Florida Farms. Our goal in 2013 is to expand upon our list of offerings, and to provide access to these foods to additional Florida markets.
Trisha Warner Strawn, Managing Partner
Trisha Warner Strawn is a Managing Partner at Growing Synergy. Ms. Strawn just completed her term as Co-Leader of Slow Food Orlando along with Rebecca Reis-Miller. Under their direction, Slow Food Orlando had the first annual Eat Local Week in the Central Florida. This multiple participant event provided funding for 5 of the 11 Florida delegates who attended the International Slow Food Conference, Terra Madre in Turin, Italy where Ms. Strawn and Ms. Reis-Miller represented Florida. Ms. Strawn and her father, David Strawn, were selected as Innovative Farmer of the Year during the Small Farms Conference in 2010. Ms. Strawn was the only rancher representing the farmer when 700 Chefs/Artisans/Writers attended the Let’s Move Campaign held on the Front Lawn of the White House. Ms. Strawn was appointed Florida Food Policy Chairman in April, 2010. Her varied accomplishments have meant that Trish is often requested to speak at different events throughout the state, television, radio, newspaper and magazine articles.
Rebecca Reis-Miller, Managing Partner
Rebecca Reis-Miller has an extensive background in public relations, community building, Health & Wellness, and Sustainable Agriculture (Market Identification & Strategic Planning, Growing, Producing, Packaging and Distribution). She has consulted and served in several Executive Management positions with health and wellness companies for the past several years as a Managing Partner in the business consulting firm, Sustainable Synergy™, which specializes in the LOHAS™ (Lifestyle of Health & Sustainability) market sector. Her specialized services included: Business Planning, Proposal Writing, Research and Development, Marketing and Public Relations, and Brand Development.
Mrs. Miller believes in the importance of preserving food culture and traditions, defending biological diversity of food, and the value that food ultimately has on the health of the planet. She was the co-founder and Leader of the Orlando Chapter of Slow Food USA, and was a recent Observer at the international food sustainability conference, Terra Madre in Turin, Italy. She also serves as an Advisor for Osceola County Grown, a grassroots local food movement in Osceola County Florida; an assistant for the Florida Food Policy Council; she has served on the Stakeholder planning committee for the Florida Small Farms Conference; and is a current Advisor for Slow Food Orlando. Mrs. Miller graduated from University of Central Florida with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Master of Public Administration. She is an active member of Florida Public Relations Association and has also appeared as a guest speaker on local television, radio and events relating to green living and/or sustainable business. She is a singer with the Ambient group, The Drive to Uqbar and resides in Orlando with her husband Charles, and son.
Kayla Mitchell, Operations Manager
Kayla, a University of Central Florida finance graduate, grew up in the Orlando area. She is currently pursuing her MBA while working with businesses, including Growing Synergy Foods, at the UCF Business Incubator and Venture Lab. Kayla firmly believes in supporting local businesses because of their positive impact on the economy. That belief is why she joined our team; well, that … and she mentioned that Trish makes an amazing steak!
Michael Sterner, Growing Synergy Chef
As a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America and a member of the American Culinary Federation, Chef Michael has seen every side of the food industry. He has worked at some of the most prestigious hotels and restaurants all along the east coast including helping open the Waldorf Astoria Orlando, Pinehurst Golf Resort and Disney’s Artist Point. Michael’s classical and nutritional training along with over 13 years of experience has made him versatile in cuisines and techniques from all around the world.
Darlene Torres, Market Coordinator
Darlene is a twenty-five year veteran with a military intelligence background. This explains her get-it-done and can-do attitude. Her organization and planning skills have brought two farmers markets to the east Orlando area. She has a passion for food and a commitment in bringing Growing Synergy Foods vision to the community.
Caitlyn Glatting, Market Coordinator
Caitlyn Glatting is a new member of the Growing Synergy team with a passion for local food and creating sustainable communities. As a Market Coordinator she will be working with the new Growing Synergy Farmers Market at Lake Nona, as well as the upcoming Artegon Market. A recent Rollins graduate, she worked with the City of Winter Park to create community gardens and held educational workshops to foster a local food community.
Leslie Hoyt, Contractor
A new addition to the Growing Synergy team, Leslie currently helps with the website and online store updates. Her passion for fresh local and organic foods started when she changed the way she cooked and ate in order to raise her young son as a child who would eat his veggies and proteins happily. Now with two boys (three including her husband), she knows that the best tasting foods are the freshest foods and the freshest foods are local foods!