Fresh Take

Fresh Take

Fresh Take is your weekly roundup of all things related to organic and sustainable living. Join Florida Organic Growers staff and guest experts as we discuss everything you need to know about sustainable living, organic agriculture, and how to make the best lifestyle choices that benefit you and the environment. So if you’re an eco-warrior, a dedicated farmer, or just someone looking to make more conscious decisions, tune in every Monday to get your Fresh Take.... Show More

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July 9, 2020 21 min

On this episode of Fresh Take we welcome Dr. Taylor Clem, the Alachua County Environmental and Community Horticulture Agent. 

Tune in to learn how you can attract hummingbirds to your garden! 

Dr. Clem will help our listeners

  • identify the ruby throated hummingbird, 
  • give landscaping tips on how to attract the beautiful bird,
  • and inform you of the benefits these pollinators provide to our ecosystem and to our own well being!
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    June 22, 2020 20 min

    On this Fresh Take episode we welcome Dr. Ram Balasubramanian and Dr. Stephen Forbes. Tune in to listen to our experts share about genetically modified mosquitoes scheduled to be released in Florida and Texas.

    Dr. Forbes, an expert in microbiology and genetics, holds a PhD in Biomedical Sciences (Immunology and Infectious diseases track), while Dr. Balasubramanian holds degrees in Crop Sciences, Agricultural Engineering, and Ecologi...

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    June 8, 2020 23 min

    Welcome Amy Vu and Dr. JC Rodriguez! We discuss the Asian Giant Hornet “murder hornet” with Amy, Extension coordinator for the Honey Bee Research and Extension Lab (HBREL) @ UF, and Dr. JC Rodriguez, appreciated member of our staff. 

    Amy and JC are both passionate about bees, both started their bee keeping journey during college. JC shares with us his experience handling Africanized “killer” bees, and the bad reputation around t...

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    Join our talk with Tripp Pomeroy CEO of Sweetwater Organic Coffee! We chat about certified Fair Trade, certified Organic, and sustainable coffee. We also touch on the unprecedented times we are living in along with Tripp’s efforts to adapt and protect business, people, and earth!
    Sweetwater Beginnings
    In 2004, Tripp was given the opportunity to buy-in and co-own, Café Campesino in Americus, GA. Tripp mentions this opportunity being ...

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    Today, we welcome back Ram, CEO of Quality Certification Services (QCS) and an experienced Food Safety Auditor and trainer on various food safety topics. Join us to learn more about how to safely shop during unprecedented times!
    COVID-19 is not a foodborne illness!

    Sanitizers vs. Disinfectants:
       - Sanitizer are substance that significantly reduces the germ population, but doesn't destroy or eliminate all the germs. Typically, s...

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    Join Ram, CEO of Quality Certification Services, while he talks about the financial impact of COVID-19 on Florida's agriculture and the financial resources available to farmers. 

    1. Federal Assistance administered by SBA

    1.1 Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

    1.2 Economic Injury Disaster Loan - unable to accept new application 

    2. Assistance not administered by SBA 

    2.1 CARES act: 

    State of Florida

    Direct-to-Consumer Sellers and Online...

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    April 20, 2020 21 min

    On this episode we welcome Quality Certification Services (QCS) staff to talk about Organic Certification during the COVID19 pandemic. Our panelists are Beth Rota, policy and quality assurance manager, Brian Rakita, inspection manager, and Ram, CEO of QCS.
    Ram shares with us that the agricultural sector is holding strong, with some operations even doubling sales since the lock-down started. He also shares his work linking small and ...

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    March 23, 2020 23 min

    Our guest today is Alane Humrich from Gainesville based Community Weatherization Coalition! Tune in to learn about their work and to find out how you can save water and electricity.

    Fresh Take is your weekly dose of all things related to organic and sustainable living. Join Florida Organic Growers staff and guest experts as we discuss everything you need to know about sustainable living, organic agriculture, and how to make the best...

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    March 9, 2020 24 min

    Second part is here! We continue our conversation with Dan and Adam regarding organic certification. On this episode, we touch on common misconceptions surrounding organic certification, transitional organic, and a final rundown on the certification process!

    Fresh Take is your weekly dose of all things related to organic and sustainable living. Join Florida Organic Growers staff and guest experts as we discuss everything you need to...

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    March 2, 2020 23 min

    On today's episode, Dan Zaman and Adam Maxwell chat with us regarding what it takes to get certified organic, what the label means, and the level of scrutiny they follow. Get your questions answered HERE!  Dan and Adam have the appropriate background and extensive training on the certification process, they understand what is behind the label and have complete knowledge on the current NOP regulation. Part 2 to follow next week!

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    February 24, 2020 23 min

    This week on Fresh Take we chat with Michael Purvis. He serves as a Waste Alternative Specialist for Alachua County Solid Waste & Resource Recovery. Michel grew up in Georgia and after attending UGA he moved to Gainesville, FL to start his journey as a public servant in Alachua County. Tune in to learn about Recycling and the benefits!! 


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    It is our pleasure to present our very special guest for today's episode!
    Anna Prizzia – Director of UF IFAS Field & Fork and Board Member of Working Foods
    Karissa Raskin – City of Gainesville Civic Collaboration Specialist
    Yvette Thomas–  Planner for the City of Gainesville 

    Different stakeholder groups, UF IFAS Field & Fork, Working Foods, Levin College of Law Conservation Clinic, Food System Collation, local farmers,...

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    February 10, 2020 20 min

    Do you want to start a farmers market business, but you don’t know how or where to start? The Farmers Market Promotion Program is here to help you! Today, we talked with Dr. Sarah Cervone and Andi Emrich and learned about the amazing work they do managing the Farmers Market Promotion Program! 
    This USDA grant funds the creation and dissemination of resources useful for food entrepreneurs. Sarah and Andi work together in the creation...

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    Dr. Taylor Clem from UF IFAS Alachua county extension services joins us to talk about the Florida Yard and Neighborhood program. Tune in to find out about the 9 principles of Florida Friendly Yards, and other best practices you can implement at home! How to introduce this practices to your HOA ... and more!

    Check here The Florida Yards and Neighborhoods Handbook!
    What is the Florida Yard and Neighborhood program?
    It is a program t...

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    January 27, 2020 23 min

    Join Sarah, JC, Isabel, and Jessica while they tackle #7 common myths and misconceptions that surround Eco-friendly living. 

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    Have you ever wonderer who protects the integrity of the certified organic label? Join us in our chat with NOP Deputy Administrator, Dr. Jenny Tucker. We talk about organic standards, organic label integrity, NOP's actions against fraud, barriers and challenges organic producers face, NOP's support for the organic program, and resources for consumer protection.  

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    January 13, 2020 23 min

    We talk with Grace Ebner from Gainesville based environmental non-profit, We are Neutral. Tune in to learn about carbon footprint, biggest print contributors, and tips to identify and reduce your mark. Grace shares tips and suggestions for a cleaner, more neutral life! Let's be mindful on carbon footprint and our environmental impact!  

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    January 6, 2020 20 min

    Tune in to listen our host, Jessica, and our guest Sarah share their sustainable resolutions for 2020! We share tips on how you can create a healthier, cleaner, and greener new year. We touch on the single use plastic issue, the problems associated with over fertilizing, the vital role of pollinators in agriculture, the importance of eating local, and advice on how to advocate for what you believe in! FOG wishes you a great start o...

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    December 16, 2019 36 min

    The FOG family wants to share our best tips to be and keep being sustainable this holiday season! In this episode, Jane, Sarah, and Isabel from FOG/QCS share their bests ideas for an environmentally friendly December's celebrations. Let's reduce, reuse, and recycle together this holidays. Ideas and tips regarding gifts, decorations, wrapping paper, meal prepping, Christmas tree, cards, and parties! Tune in to learn how we m...

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    December 9, 2019 21 min

    Join us and Dr. Jamie Ellis from UF IFAS Honey Bee Research and Extension Laboratory, while we chat about everything related to honey bees! Lets raise awareness for the decline of population on managed honey bees! Everything you need to know about honeybees and their importance on our lives, explained here!! Also, tips and advice for you to take action. 

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