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Anna Cesarotti, Associate Director of Organic Certification at QCS (Quality Certification Services), speaks with Juan Carlos Rodriguez about career opportunities in the growing industry of organics. In this episode, learn about: - How Anna came to work in organics - Types of careers in the organic industry - Why the organic industry is growing  - How to find careers in organics  Learn more about QCS on their website: Support the show
Organic Materials Research Institute (OMRI) is an international 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that reviews and lists allowed materials that organic producers can use. In this episode, learn about:How OMRI began  OMRI’s mission and role in the industry today What it means to be "OMRI Listed®"   Technical support and training opportunities for professionals in the organic industry  Learn more OMRI on their website:  Support the show
Interest in growing and buying local flowers has grown immensely over the past few years, helping consumers embrace local agriculture, support local farmers, and access even more varieties of local grown flowers. In this episode, learn about: - Floriculture and why it’s becoming an increasingly popular industry today - The Slow Flower Movement - How consumers can support local flower farmers - Opportunities and profitability for new and upcoming flower farmers  Resources: Learn more about the Slow Flower movement at Listen to our previous podcast interview with the Florida Wildflower Foundation Executive Director Stacey Matrazzo: Visit the Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers website: Support the show
With the holiday season right around the corner, now is the time for recipe planning! By incorporating locally grown foods into your holiday recipes, you can make tasty dishes and feel good about supporting your local farmer. In this episode, hear about: - What crops are in season in Florida - Unique recipes using local ingredients - Where to purchase local foods - How SNAP/EBT users can double their money at farmers markets  Links to Recipes Mentioned in Episode: Roselle Mock Cranberry Sauce: Creamed Braising Greens:  Butter Braised Radishes and Turnips: Old-fashioned Pumpkin Pie:  Other Resources:  Learn about Florida Heritage Foods and upcoming events at: Find out what’s in season on the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services website: Visit Fresh from Florida’s What’s in Season Page for more in season crops: Go to UF/IFAS Gardening Solutions page to learn what crops to grow in your region for each season: Learn more about upcoming events on FOG’s website: Support the show
Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA) is a farmer-driven, membership-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that helps people in North and South Carolina grow and enjoy local, organic food. Founded in 1979, the organization advocates, educates, and builds connections to create sustainable food systems in the Carolinas centered on local and organic agriculture. In this episode, learn about: - CFSA’s history and mission - CFSA’s role in organics in the Carolinas - Programs and advocacy initiatives for farmers - CFSA’s Annual Conference  Learn more about CFSA on their website: Learn about and register for the 2022 CFSA Annual Conference, taking place November 5-7: Support the show
Georgia Organics has been rooted in providing direct support to small and organic farmers across Georgia since the 1970s, before formally incorporating as a 501(c)(3) in 1997. Michael Wall, Director of Farmer Advocacy, highlights some of the organization’s programs and farmer advocacy initiatives. Tune in to hear about: - Georgia Organics’ new mission and vision - Preliminary results of Georgia Organic’s recent farmer survey - How Georgia Organics advocates for farmers - Upcoming events and special projects  Learn more about Georgia Organics on their website: Support the show
Florida Organic Growers and Santa Fe college have partnered in a three-year grant designed to increase access and promote consumption of Florida heritage foods in local farmer’s markets. The project, entitled “Florida Heritage Foods Initiative: Connecting Local Food with Local Culture in Florida Farmers Markets,” aims to highlight historical and cultural significance of 42 crops in Florida and to educate consumers and small farmers on how to cook and grow them.  Over the course of the three-year grant, the college will also host annual educational symposiums and multi-cultural festivals that highlight heritage foods. This year’s symposium “Opportunities and Benefits of Heritage Foods” is scheduled for Friday, September 30, 2022, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m in downtown Gainesville.  Tune in to hear about: - Why the initiative focuses on heritage foods  - Goals and potential impacts on local communities  - Upcoming events and opportunities to celebrate heritage foods - Resources and developments for farmers and farmers markets  Register for the Heritage Foods Symposium “Opportunity and Benefits of Heritage Foods” on Eventbrite: Stay tuned for a new website promoting heritage foods: Visit FOG’s website for more details: Support the show
The mission of the Florida Wildflower Foundation is to protect, connect and expand native wildflower habitats through education, research, planting and conservation. With Florida being one of the fastest growing states in U.S., there has been an increase in urbanization and habitat loss due to development.  Stacey Matrazzo, Executive Director of the Foundation, shares with us the benefits wildflowers can provide for pollinators and wildlife, and the programs they are employing to combat biodiversity loss. Tune in to hear about: - How wildflowers affect our ecosystem - Grants and programs supporting the purchase, planting and education of wildflowers - Research and resources available to the public - Upcoming events  Learn more about the Florida Wildflower Foundation on their website: Visit the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center online: Cover photo description: Blue-eyed grass (Sisyrinchium sp.) blooming along Interstate 10 in Suwannee County. Photo by Jeff Norcini/Florida Wildflower Foundation.Support the show
The Organic Certification Cost Share Program (OCCSP) is a USDA program which provides reimbursements to producers and handlers of organic agricultural products who are obtaining or renewing their certification under the National Organic Program (NOP). In this episode, we speak with Emily Hetherington from Industry Communications in the Division of Marketing and Development at the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) about the program. Tune in to hear about: - How OCCSP can benefit organic farmers - The application and reimbursement process - How to apply through Florida Organic Growers - Where to find more information and resources  Learn more about OCCSP on the USDA’s Farm Service Agency OCCSP website: Find information about applying for OCCSP on FOG’s website: Support the show
The Backyard Market is a new virtual farmers market platform launching in Homestead, Florida in fall of 2022. In this episode, we speak with Courtney Ward, FOG’s Virtual Farmers Market Manager, about updates on the market. Tune in to hear about: - Why FOG decided to create the online market - How farmers and consumers can use the market  - What makes The Backyard Market unique - What to expect going forward Interested in becoming a vendor? Get in touch with our Virtual Farmers Market Manager, Courtney Ward at Learn more about The Backyard Market on our website: www.  Follow The Backyard Market on social media for the latest updates:  Instagram: @yourbackyardmarket  Facebook: Support the show
Yaupon Brothers American Tea Company was founded in 2015 by two brothers, Bryon and Kyle White and former mentor-turned-business-partner, Mark Steele. Bryon recently took time to speak with us about Yaupon tea, a native crop of the Southern United States. Tune in to hear about: - How the company was started - What Yaupon is and why it is a beneficial crop to sell and consume - The ecological impact and sustainability of Yaupon as a crop - Upcoming events and resources  Learn more about Yaupon Brothers American Tea Company on their website: Visit Florida Organic Grower’s event page to learn more and register for the “Opportunities and Benefits of Heritage Foods Symposium” taking place on September 30, 2022. Support the show
Veterans Florida is a non-profit created by the State of Florida in 2013 to help military veterans transition to civilian life and to promote Florida’s status as the nation’s most veteran-friendly state. One of its many programs is the Veterans Florida Agriculture Program, a six-month training fellowship that provides veterans and servicemembers a comprehensive, hands-on experience and equips you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to be competitive for leading careers in Florida’s $149 Billion agriculture industry.  Tune in to a conversation with Jeremy Sinnemaki, Veterans Employment and Training Services Director, where we discuss: - The history and mission of Veterans Florida - Veterans Florida Career Services and Entrepreneurship Program - How the Veterans Florida’s Agriculture Program assists transitioning veterans - Benefits and the DoD SkillBridge Program   Visit the Veterans Florida website for information on all their programs:  Learn more about the Veterans Florida Agriculture Program: Register for the Veterans Florida Expo at: Support the show
Farm Aid was founded in 1985 in the midst of the 1980’s farm crisis. As a response to farmers in dire need of assistance, Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp held the first concert which raised over $7 million for America’s family farmers. Since then, Farm Aid has continued to support farmers through a variety of programs. We speak with Caitlin Arnold Stephano, Farm Aid’s Hotline Program Manager, about how Farm Aid is doing this. Tune in to hear about: - Mental health and resources offered through Farm Aid’s Farmer Hotline  - How Farm Aid assists farmers through its many programs  - Farm Aid's annual concert - How organizations can get involved  Learn more about Farm Aid on their website: Farm Aid’s Farmer Hotline is open Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (EST) and toll-free at 1-800-FARM-AID. Learn more about the hotline here: Reach out to for more information about Farm Aid’s grant submission process. Support the show
Founded in 1990, Rural Advancement for Farmers International (RAFI-USA) challenges the root causes of unjust food systems, supporting and advocating for economically, racially, and ecologically just farm communities.  Lisa Misch, Director of Farmer Outreach and Technical Assistance at RAFI-USA, highlights some of the organization’s programs and funding resources for farmers. Tune in to hear about: - RAFI-USA's mission and vision - RAFI-USA's programs and funding opportunities - How RAFI-USA assists with Farm Service Agency (FSA) Disaster Relief Loans - Upcoming events and workshops  Learn more about RAFI-USA on their website: RAFI-USA’s Farmer Crisis Hotline is open Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and toll-free at (866) 586-6746. Learn more about the hotline here:  More Resources: Join the Farmers of Color Network: Learn more about Resources for Resilient Farms:  How to Work with Your FSA Office Webinar: Farmers of Color Network Market Readiness Webinar Series:  Learn about funding resources and farmer assistance on Farm Aid’s website: Support the show
Jen Speedy is a farmer and Collective Member of Siembra Farm, a small-scale, sustainable farm in SE Gainesville, FL. With plans to open a new flower farm, Jen talks to us about things people should consider when setting up a new farm. In this episode hear about:  - Challenges new farmers may face when starting a farm - Avoiding farmer burnout  - Methods and tools for farming sustainably - Risk-management strategies   Learn more about Siembra Farm on their website: Support the show
In Episode 1 of FOG’s Food Safety for Farmers Podcast Series, Dr. Keith Schneider, Professor and Extension Specialist in the Food Science and Human Nutrition Department at the University of Florida, discusses microbiology concepts that help farmers better understand how to produce food safely. Tune in to learn about: The Produce Safety Rule Problematic foodborne pathogens The role of indicator organisms and methods to test for their presence Preventative controls Resources: Learn more about food safety, new podcast episodes, upcoming events and webinars on our website:  For more information about food safety, visit the UF/IFAS Southern Center for FSMA Training website:  For the latest news on FSMA, visit the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Website: Support the show
Aviva Asher and Daniel Robleto are founders and owners of Nicoya Farm, a family fruit and vegetable farm located in Gainesville, Florida. In 2015 they began Nicoya Farm on leased land in South Florida and transitioned the farm to collectively owned land in SE Gainesville.   In this episode, hear about: - How Aviva and Daniel got started farming - Their shift from leasing to purchasing land  - Owning land as part of a collective - Considerations for farmers looking for farmland  Learn more about Nicoya Farm on their website: Support the show
Fleet Farming is a non-profit urban agriculture program of IDEAS For Us located in Orlando, Florida. With a mission to empower all generations to grow food to increase local food accessibility, Fleet Farming transforms the average American lawn into a bio-verse, productive micro farms and edible gardens.  In this episode, Fleet Farming Program Manager Caroline Chomanics, tells us about: - The history of Fleet Farming  - Involvement in community development and programs - Opportunities to get involved  Learn more about Fleet Farming on their website: Learn more about IDEAS for US on their website: Support the show
The use of technology to solve challenges in organic agriculture is increasing. Jessica Shade, Director of Science Programs at The Organic Center, joins us for a conversation about agricultural technology in organic farming and the upcoming Hack@Organic event. In this episode, hear about: - Challenges that sustainable and organic farmers often face when growing crops - How Hack@Organic will provide a space to collaborate on solutions using technology - Updates on research being done at The Organic Center  Learn more about The Organic Center on their website: Learn more about the Hack@Organic event: Support the show
The Sustainable Living Project (SLP) is an urban farm and education center located in Tampa, Florida. Georgea Snyder, Director of SLP, speaks about her experience and how current programs at the farm are helping educate the community.  In this episode, hear about: - Educational opportunities that the Sustainable Living Project offers - Implementing “learning by doing” strategies to generate better understanding of the food system - Strengths and challenges of urban farming systems - Suggestions for creating similar community garden projects  Learn more about the Sustainable Living Project on their website: Learn more about the Coalition of Community Gardens on their website: Support the show
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