Fresh Take

Fresh Take

Fresh Take is your 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 to get your Fresh Take.

Episodes

August 8, 2022 19 min

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 Servi...

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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

 

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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...

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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 abi...

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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 doi...

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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 visio...

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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  

 

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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 thei...
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    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 

    - C...

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    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...

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    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...

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    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 

    -...

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    Aaron and Derek, Founders and Owners of Handsome Harvest Farm, discuss their experience starting a farm and share thoughts on how to become more knowledgeable in organic and sustainable farming practices. 

    In this episode, hear about: 

    - How Derek and Aaron got into sustainable agriculture 

    - Ways to get started and develop experience in organic farming 

    - Considerations when scaling up from a home garden to a for-profit farm 

    - Thought...

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    Fresh Take welcomes Wendy Wesley, Registered Dietician and Nutritionist, for a conversation about how to be healthier with food in the New Year. 

    In this episode, Wendy shares with us:  

    - Reprioritizing time for healthier “shopping, chopping and eating” 

    - Foods we should add to our diets 

    - What to look for when shopping for groceries 

    - The importance of connecting with our food and food system 

    Learn more about Wendy Wesley on her we...

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    The holidays are here! This season, more consumers are looking for sustainable, organic and local gifts. Jillian Childs, Founder of Florida Farm Finder, and Juan Carlos Rodriguez give us some ideas on how to find and support local growers and businesses through gift-giving this holiday season. 

    In this episode, hear about: 

    - How Florida Farm Finder is connecting farmers and local businesses with consumers 

    - Sustainable gift ideas yo...

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    Quality Certification Services (QCS) is the certification program of Florida Organic Growers (FOG), which began certifying organic growers in 1989 and received its USDA accreditation in 2001. QCS has grown to provide a variety of quality certification and verification options that can help companies market their products as certified organic, promote sustainability as well as enhance global market access from seed to shelf through ...

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    The Florida Farmers’ Market Association (FFMA) was established in 2019 with the mission to connect the vast array of farmers markets in Florida into one membership-driven network and provide training and resources for vendors, market managers, and consumers. Since then, FFMA has grown its membership and offerings. 

    In this episode, hear about: 

    - The history of FFMA and its origins 

    - FFMA’s Florida Farmers’ Market Toolkit   

    - Members...

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    Florida Certified Organic Growers and Consumers Inc. (FOG) was established in 1987 with the mission to support and promote organic, regenerative, and sustainable agriculture. Since then, FOG’s staff and programs have grown greatly.  

    In this episode, hear from FOG staff members Dr. Juan Carlos Rodriguez, Andi Emrich and Kyndra Love, as they discuss the history of FOG and some of its past, present and future projects. 

    Learn about: 

    - ...

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    Grow Next Door launched in April 2020 with a mission to create opportunities of access to farming and to support creating a sustainable planet through intentional agriculture. The Grow Next Door platform helps South Florida residents connect directly with local farmers to buy organic and sustainably grown produce. Jonathan Cox, Founder and CEO, talks with us about his journey and how the platform has expanded over the last year. 

    Tu...

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    Florida is historically and still currently an agricultural state. However, with rapid urbanization, the food systems landscape is changing. Currently, 44 of the 67 counties are classified as “urban” by the USDA, and over 87 percent of residents now live in urban areas. 

    In this episode, learn about: 

    - How urban agriculture is defined 

    - What urban farming looks like in Florida 

    - Barriers and opportunities for urban farms 

    - And get a...

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