Grow $700 of Food in 100 Square Feet!

In 2007, I began to get lots of questions about growing food to help save money. Then, while working on my new book, Edible Landscaping, I had an aha! moment. As I was assembling statistics to show the wastefulness of…

City urged to lift St. Francis meal limit

Gainesville planning board cites number of hungry residents in advising commissioners It is time for Gainesville to eliminate the restrictions on how many meals a day the St. Francis House homeless shelter and soup kitchen may serve, a city advisory…

COVER- Person of the Year: Joel Salatin’s salad days

It’s been quite a year for Joel Salatin. The Shenandoah Valley farmer starred as himself in two popular food documentary films and received a $100,000 award from the Heinz Family Foundation for his creative, eco-friendly practices. “The big corporate farms can no longer…

Slow Food Saturday

After a leisurely walk around the garden this morning with a good friend of mine, we decided it would be the perfect day to make use of all the Datil Peppers that were covering the 6 bushes I have planted….

Slow Food : Inching towards Food Sovereignty?

Recently, Carlos Petrini, the founder of the Slow Foods movement, has been incorporating the concept of food sovereignty in his social discourse. To some food activists, this is a logical consequence of Slow Food’s opposition to the industrial agi-foods complexes…

Crop Drop Set for Oct. 24th

Campus Ministry is proud to announce the up- coming Crop Drop hosted by the Society of St. Andrew, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, and University Lutheran Church and Campus Ministry. The Society of St. Andrew is a group that educates, organizes, and acts to create change and…

Supporters defend organic food …

LONDON – Organic food supporters defended the benefits of naturally grown produce on Friday, after a report suggested there are no significant health advantages from it. In a study published in a U.S. journal this week, researchers at the London…

Meet the face behind Polyface

« Having re-read, over the weekend ( actually re-listened to the audiobook ) The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan, I felt it would be prudent to introduce those of you who may not have yet read any of Michael…

Give a GIFT of Food

Often during the holidays, many spend time trying to figure out the gift to get someone that seems to have everything. This year you may want to consider giving a gift to those that may have little. Florida Organic Growershas a…

Creating a Local Food System – Where do we Start?

« The Transition Network (TN) has developed a new and exciting process to help communities move from oil dependency to local resilience. There is a four-page introduction to the TN process at the end of this document. To me TN process…

Grow Gainesville

“To increase our community’s ability to produce and share food grown in urban gardens by facilitating the networking of gardeners, resources, and information in a way that is easily affordable and accessible to all.” Urban gardens are growing in neighborhoods…

SNAP cardholders can now buy fresh farm products

Local farmers’ markets will soon have another payment option: SNAP benefit cards. The program, paid for by a Florida Organic Growers grant, will allow low-income county residents to use their SNAP cards, formerly food stamps, to buy fresh and locally…

S. 510: FDA Food Safety Modernization Act

YOUR HELP IS NEEDED! FOOD SAFETY DECISION TIME IS NOW Call Your Senators Today To Defend Family Farms, Value-Added Processing, and Local and Regional Food Systems Debate and voting on The Food Safety Modernization Act (S. 510) is expected to…

Saving Bees: What We Know Now

The first alarms about the sudden widespread disappearance of honeybees came in late 2006, and the phenomenon soon had a name: colony collapse disorder. In the two years that followed, about one-third of bee colonies vanished, while researcherstoiled to figure…

Farm to Hub to Table

CHARLOTTESVILLE — Dick Proutt is a small farmer. A very small one. At Down Branch Farm, he raises chickens and quails and grows lettuce, squash, melons and tomatoes on about an acre. In high summer, his weekly haul might include…

Fruits & Vegetables

January: Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Carrots, Chinese Cabbage, Collard Greens, Cucumbers, Grapefruit, Green Onions, Kale, Lemons, Lettuce, Mustard Greens, Oranges, Papayas, Parsley, Pineapple, Prickly Pear Cactus, Spinach, Sweet Limes, Swiss Chard, Tangelos, Tangerines, Tomatoes, and Turnip Greens. February: Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower,…

The Local Food Roadshow rolls on…

May is coming up on Saturday. I always consider it the best month of the year and this year is no different. It is time once again, for another stop on the Local Food Roadshow, the 2010 Eat Local Challenge. This…

City urged to lift St. Francis meal limit

Gainesville planning board cites number of hungry residents in advising commissioners It is time for Gainesville to eliminate the restrictions on how many meals a day the St. Francis House homeless shelter and soup kitchen may serve, a city advisory…

Give a GIFT of Food

Often during the holidays, many spend time trying to figure out the gift to get someone that seems to have everything. This year you may want to consider giving a gift to those that may have little. Florida Organic Growers has a…

Local Food Survey

The following surveys are being distributed for the Alachua County Kitchen Incubator, in cooperation with Sustainable Alachua County and the Alachua County Commission. Please help us get a better picture of the demand for local food and local food processing…

A Thanksgiving Harvest

Fall is here…at least the calendar indicates that but the weather, though now quite pleasant, has been above normal and we experienced a very hot October with temperatures in the low 90’s! This created several problems for our local farmers, ready…

Farm Fresh & Local

Just what is ‘local’ food? Depending on who you talk to it could mean anything from within the boundaries of your town or community to within the boundaries of your state and further. There are those that promote local as…

Sustainable Agriculture

Sustainable agriculture refers to the ability of a farm to produce food indefinitely, respecting the health of the natural ecosystem and resources, supporting the rural community and offering respect and fair treatment to all involved, from farm workers to consumers…

Slow Food

Slow Food is an idea, a way of living and a way of eating. It is a global, grassroots movement with thousands of members around the world that links the pleasure of food with a commitment to community and the…

Permaculture

A contraction of « permanent agriculture, » the word « permaculture » was coined by Australian Bill Mollison in the late 1970s. One of the many alternative agriculture systems described as sustainable, permaculture is « unique in its emphasis on design; that is, the location…

Organic Farming

The term ‘organic farming’ was first used by Lord Northbourne in the book, Look to the Land (London: Dent, 1940. NAL Call # 30 N81). Lord Northbourne, who embraced the teachings of Rudolph Steiner and biodynamic farming, had a « vision of the…

Natural Farming

Natural Farming reflects the experiences and philosophy of Japanese farmer Masanobu Fukuoka. His books The One-Straw Revolution: An Introduction to Natural Farming (Emmaus: Rodale Press, 1978. NAL Call # S604 F72) and The Natural Way of Farming: The Theory and Practice of Green…

Local/Community Food System

A community food system, also known as a local food system, « is a collaborative effort to integrate agricultural production with food distribution to enhance the economic, environmental, and social well-being of a particular place (i.e. a neighborhood, city, county or…

Locavore

A locavore is someone who eats food grown or produced locally or within a certain radius such as 50, 100, or 150 miles (240 km). The localvore movement encourages consumers to buy from farmers’ markets or even to produce their own food,…

Heirloom

Heirloom crop varieties, also called farmers’ varieties or traditional varieties, have been developed by farmers through years of cultivation, selection, and seed saving, and passed down through generations.

Grass-fed

The diet of grass-fed animals consists of freshly grazed pasture during the growing season and stored grasses (hay or grass silage) during the winter months or drought conditions. Grass feeding is used with cattle, sheep, goats, and bison. (Other terms…

Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)

GMOs are plants and animals that have had their genetic make up altered to exhibit traits that are not naturally theirs. In general, genes are taken (copied) from one organism that shows a desired trait and transferred into the genetic…

Free range

Free range (or free roaming) implies that a meat or poultry product comes from an animal that was raised out of confinement or was free to roam. Its use on beef is unregulated and there is no standard definition of…

Food Miles

The distance food travels from where it is grown or raised to where it is ultimately purchased by the consumer or end-user. « Local food systems can reduce ‘food miles’ and transportation costs, offering significant energy savings. Consumers also benefit from…

Biointensive Gardening/Mini-farming

John Jeavons and Ecology Action have refined a production system that makes it possible for one person to grow all of his or her family’s food using truly sustainable methods that maintain the fertility of the soil without relying on…

Biodynamic Agriculture/Biodynamic Farming

Both a concept and a practice, biodynamics « owes its origin to the spiritual insights and perceptions of Dr. Rudolf Steiner, an Austrian philosopher and scientist who lived at the turn of the century. » Dr. Steiner emphasized many of the forces…

Support Local Food

There are many ways you can begin supporting your local food economy. We have many fine farmers, farmer’s markets, food stores and restaurants, as well as organizations dedicated to bringing you fresh local products. Here are a few tips to…

U.S. schools add fresh food without busting budgets

(Reuters) – Thousands of U.S. public school districts are teaming up with local farmers to put more fresh fruits and vegetables on lunchroom menus, without breaking budgets or getting any help from celebrity chefs. The schools are taking early steps…

Walmart turns over a new leaf as it embraces local produce

MANCHESTER — Inside the cavernous new Walmart on Highlands Boulevard Drive, grocery manager Russell Davis stands with a gleaming bounty behind him. Lettuce from California, blueberries from Michigan and grapes from South America. Then there’s the store’s hottest grocery commodity these…

The Food System and Public Policy

Note: This post is based on a portion of my presentations at the recent Association for the Study of Peak Oil conference in Denver. Go to the ASPO web site for the complete slide deck. And thanks to Debbie Cook…

Getting Ready for Earth Day: Eat Local Food

When it comes to learning more & doing more to make your life greener and getting ready for Earth Day, the choices you make in the food you eat every day can make a tremendous impact. There are lots of food…

1st Annual Garden Bike Tour

Come join Citizens Co-op for a garden bike tour of Gainesville! The tour starts at Bo Diddley Community Plaza and ends at our new location at 435 S. Main St. It will be 14 miles with stops for refreshments at…

Mother’s Day Herb Festival at Maggie’s Herbs

Each year, on the day before Mother’s Day, Maggie’s Herbs, outside of St. Augustine, hosts a Farm festival and open house with many vendors offering herbs, butterfly plants,homemade herb foods and jams, antique roses , handmade soaps, dried spices and…

New farmers markets keep cropping up in the area

The newest addition to the Gainesville area’s growing family of farmers markets, The Melrose Community Farmers Market, opened this month with a simple message: The demand for locally grown, locally sold, environmentally safe foods is a top priority in North…

Food expo, film show benefits home-grown products

You don’t have to dig deep to see that Gainesville’s soil is ripe with growth. On Sunday, the Citizens Co-op sponsored two sold-out showings of Robert Kenner’s « Food, Inc. » The show attracted more than 200 people and raised $1,060 to…

A Local Food Solution

Family farmers and local business owners gathered Sunday evening in the hopes of finding a place in Gainesville to sell their products, which include a cold-hardy avocado that produces fruit in Gainesville’s coldest winter, biodynamically grown produce and unpasteurized goat’s…

SHOW YOUR SUPPORT FOR FLORIDA’S FAMILY FARMS

Florida’s family farmers and Floridians who want to eat locally-grown food need your help to free Florida’s food and family farmers from burdensome regulation and fees. Attached are all the tools you need to lend your voice in support of…

Food safety bill defeated in House

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House defeated a far-reaching food safety bill Wednesday after farm-state lawmakers complained it would be too invasive and others said it was pushed to the floor too quickly. The legislation, which would require more government inspections…

The Dark Side of Nitrogen

While many of us know the importance of eating healthy food and are quite aware of our carbon ‘foodprint’, we may not understand the basics of soil chemistry, fertilizers and what is involved in growing the food we eat. As a…

Michelle Obama and Child Obesity

Her daughters were 6 and 9, and Michelle Obama was like any other working mom — struggling to juggle office hours, school pick-ups and mealtimes. By the end of the day, she was often too tired to make dinner, so…

King Corn speaks, An ‘agri-intellectual’ talks back

There will always be an ogoing debate concerning whether or not ‘Big Ag’s benefits of feeding a growing world population are worth the social and environmental negatives that come along with it. Certainly sustainable small scale farming is best for…

Farmers Win in Dirty Rice Lawsuit

Ken Bell, a rice grower in southwestern Missouri, remembers that 2006 was shaping up to be one of those years farmers only dare to dream about. « Not only was the market up, » he told me, « but we had a good…

Find out what’s really in your food!

Food Facts is a great website for those wanting to know what really is in the food you eat. This comprehensive website covers not only nutritional ingredients of foods, but all the additives as well, good or bad. This site also…

Food Rules: Your Dietary Dos and Don’ts

Earlier this year, Michael Pollan posted a request for reader’s rules about eating on Well, Tara Parker Pope’s health blog. Within days, more than 2,500 responses were received. Here are 20 of Pollan’s favorites…( see article… ) Also, check out Michael’s new book, Food Rules….

Intern Wanted – Abundant Acres

We are growing fast here at Abundant Acres and are in need of an intern or two. We wear many hats here, but our main focus is pastured poultry. We have been producing poultry here for five years and have…

Newest GMO Study Results…

Newest GMO Study Results… Longest-Running GMO Safety Study Finds Tumors in Rats Are GMOs dangerous? A new study shows that Monsanto’s genetically modified corn and Roundup herbicide cause negative health effects in rats, and is raising questions about the safety of…

USDA Grant Panelist

This has been a busy week here in Washington DC. I was flown up here as a Grant Review Panelist for USDA and NIFA’s Community Food Project grant program.  What a great learning experience to be involved in and responsible…

The Raw Facts – Eggs

Jurisdiction:  Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ (FDACS) Division of Food Safety Additionally, if you plan to sell eggs for human consumption and your flock size is more than 3,000 layers or you plan to sell eggs wholesale, you will…

Wellborn Farms

Wellborn Farms is a family run Agri-Business specializing in seasonal fruit crops. In addition to attending local Farmers Markets we offer U-Pick Blueberries and Persimmons. We are planting Strawberries, Muscadine Grapes, Pears, and Blackberries to have fruit throughout the season.

Spring City Meats

Spring City Meats is family owned and operated by David and Penny Soles in the heart of the Ichetucknee Springs Basin. David Soles, recently retired USDA Inspector in Central Florida, brings years of experience and ensures that the pig you…

Laughing Chicken Farm

Welcome to the Laughing Chicken Farm! Our farming practices are modeled after Joel Salatin’s Polyface Farm in Virginia. We received hands on training there and have brought it home to North Florida. Our products include Pastured Broiler Chickens, Truly Free Range Eggs,…

The Orange Shop

The Orange Shop in Citra has been providing high-quality citrus to travelers and local residents since 1936. Citrus has been produced on our land continuously since the Civil War. Pete and Cindy Spyke, the owners, were presented with the 2010…

Farm to Restaurant Workshop

Blue Oven Kitchens, Forage, and the UF/IFAS Small Farms Team are hosting the third annual Farm-to-Restaurant Workshop & Culinary Fair on Monday, August 13th at the Straughn IFAS Extension Professional Development Center.  Registration is required.  This event is for farmers, restaurants, caterers, distributors,…

Local vs Global

Modern agribusiness is a huge energy consumer, environmental polluter and resource abuser, dependant on fossil fuels. According to most research, most food products on the grocery shelf travel well over 1500 miles before they reach your table, with 80% of…

Farm Fresh Planting Guide

Vegetable Planting Dates in Florida (outdoors)1 Days to Harvest4 Seeds/plants Per 100′ Spacing (inches) Seed depth (inches) North Central South Rows Plants Bush Beans, Snap Mar-Apr Aug-Sep Feb-Apr Sep Sep-Apr 50-60 1 lb. 18-30 2-3 1-2 Beans, pole Mar-Apr Aug-Sep…

What’s in Season this August

Produce:  Eggplant, Grapes, Green Peppers, Hot Peppers, Lettuce, Lima Beans, Okra, Peanuts, Persimmons, Pineapple, Pumpkins, Southern Peas, Sweet Potatoes, and Watermelon. Herbs: Basil,  Chives,  Culantro,  Celery Leaf,  Fennel,  Lemongrass, Lemon Balm, Lemon Verbena, Marjoram, Mints, , Oregano, Parsley, Rosemary, Sage, Winter…

Farm Fresh By The Month

January… Arugula, Basil, Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Carrots, Chinese Cabbage, Cilantro, Collard Greens, Cucumbers, Endive, Grapefruit, Green Onions, Kale, Lemons, Lettuce, Mustard Greens, Oranges, Papayas, Parsley, Pineapple, Prickly Pear Cactus, Spinach, Sweet Limes, Swiss Chard, Tangelos, Tangerines, Tomatoes, and Turnip Greens….

Organic Food & Film Festival…

WHAT: Organic Food & Film Festival with screening of three films WHEN: Saturday, May 15, 2010, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.  ADMISSION: FREE for holistic/organic trade show. Tickets for films: $5 per person per film. Enjoy a relaxed Saturday — sample organic foods, expand your health-care…

Let nature decide what’s for dinner…

Have you ever bitten into a bland, mealy peach in the middle of winter? That stomach-turning taste and texture may be nature’s way of telling you to start eating seasonally. Just because you see a mango in your local supermarket…

Our Dwindling Food Variety

As we’ve come to depend on a handful of commercial varieties of fruits and vegetables, thousands of heirloom varieties have disappeared. It’s hard to know exactly how many have been lost over the past century, but a study conducted in…

SNAP cardholders can now buy fresh farm products

Local farmers’ markets will soon have another payment option: SNAP benefit cards. The program, paid for by a Florida Organic Growers grant, will allow low-income county residents to use their SNAP cards, formerly food stamps, to buy fresh and locally…

Wal-Mart Goes Local: Good or Bad for Small Farmers?

The nation’s largest retailer announced last week that it’s going local through its Heritage Agriculture program. Wal-Mart plans to double its sale of “locally grown food” by 2015 in all of its U.S. stores and also support small and mid-sized farmers in…

Wal-Mart to Buy More Local Produce

The local-and-sustainable food movement has spread to the nation’s largest retailer. Wal-Mart Stores announced a program on Thursday that focuses on sustainable agriculture among its suppliers as it tries to reduce its overall environmental impact. The program is intended to…

Florida Organic Growers

Florida Organic Growers (FOG) is pleased to distribute the publication Community Vision for Food System Development in Gainesville-Alachua County: A Local Food Action Plan, available for download as a PDF on the FOG website. FOG began this project in March 2009 with…

Senate stall to blame for slow egg recall?

The Senate’s yearlong failure to pass a food safety overhaul has hampered the ability of Obama administration to quickly recall the 600 million eggs connected to a salmonella outbreak that has sickened nearly 2,000 people, experts and lawmakers say. The…

Introducing the Farm Fresh Community Market

Just as Gainesville Farm Fresh brings you resources on sustainable agriculture and our local food community, The Farm Fresh Community Market debuts as Gainesville’s online marketplace that will put you in touch with our local farmers, producers and their products.  Here you will have…

The « Raw » Facts – Milk…

Raw Milk is milk that has not been pasteurized or homogenized. 

Pasteurization is a heating process meant to kill bacteria, and homogenization is the process of making the milk one consistency throughout. Raw milk sales for human consumption, in Florida, are illegal….

Farm to Restaurant

Farm-to-Restaurant is an initiative of Blue Oven Kitchens ( a non-profit kitchen incubator serving North Central Florida ) and Slow Food Gainesville that seeks to encourage business partnerships between local farmers, distributors, restaurants, caterers, and other local vendors that sell food to the public. The…