Category: Farm

Hear the Buzz on Bees

If you’re a beekeeper or a bee enthusiast, the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Services in Davie is hosting a two-day event just for you. The South Florida Bee College is set for Friday and Saturday, Aug. 12-13, at UF’s Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center, 3205 College Ave., Davie. More than 50 lectures, workshops, and demonstrations will be held. Members of UF’s Honey Bee Research and Extension Laboratory will hold classes for beekeepers of all ages and experience levels, gardeners, naturalists, county agents, and anyone else interested in honey bees. Included in the registration fee on both days are snacks, lunch, and a banquet dinner on Friday. Ticket prices vary, so visit the following website for more information, to register, and to download a schedule:...

Read More

Panhandle workshop set for veteran, and small, farmers

The Okaloosa Veteran & Small Farmer Workshop is set for Thursday, July 21, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Okaloosa County Extension Office in Crestview. Find out more about the help and resources available to veterans and small farmers. Admission is free, but Thursday, July 14, is the deadline for registration. The extension office is at 3098 Airport Road, Crestview, in Okaloosa County, in the Panhandle. Call 850-526-4910, or visit...

Read More

A Farmer’s Point of View … Bill and Robin Popp of Laughing Chicken Farm

What challenges do Florida farmers face? What rewards do they reap? What’s it like to work the land? Florida Food & Farm writer Nicole Danna talked to the owners of six farms around the state to ask them what they want the public to know about farming. Here’s Bill Popp, one of them, speaking about his farm in Trenton. (Read what the other five farmers wish you knew about the profession in our latest issue of Florida Food & Farm, now online.) Laughing Chicken Farm, Trenton Farmers: Bill and Robin Popp About the farm: A family-owned and -operated farm in Trenton offering pasture-raised chicken, turkey, and pork. Farming shouldn’t be cruel. I love what Joel Salatin said at our visit to his farm (Polyface Farm): “If your farm has a smell, then you’re doing something wrong.” The Industrial Revolution was great for the car industry, but not so great for farms. The best farm is a partnership. We treat the animals well, and they can offer us their best. Farming challenges your brain. Planning, problem-solving, and creative thinking – all are needed on a successful farm. Every day, a farmer is overcoming challenges with the animals, the weather, the predators, and even pests. Finding answers that are innovative, affordable, and sustainable is where the real challenge lies. You can produce a lot on a little land. It’s amazing to me...

Read More

Spotlight on Women Farmers: Jane Conway of Circle Bar C Dairy Goats

Jane Conway of Circle Bar C Dairy Goats, Stuart Jane Conway is talking to me from State Road 714 in Martin County, where there’s a huge traffic jam caused by renegade cows wandering off the pasture. She is on her way to the Fort Pierce Brown Family Farm Stand, where she sells goat’s milk, kefir, goat cheeses and meat, eggs, and goat’s milk soap on Mondays. On Sunday mornings, she goes to the Palm Beach Gardens Market, and her husband goes to the Stuart Farmers Market. Conway put herself through college, earning a degree in animal science and nutrition. But...

Read More
Subscribe To Our Newsletter
Subscribe To Our NewsletterJoin our mailing list to receive the latest news and updates from Florida Food & Farm.

You have Successfully Subscribed!

Pin It on Pinterest