Category: Farm

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...

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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...

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How to Grow Sprouts: The Soil-Free Method

How many of you want to grow your own food, but just don’t know where to start? Well, we have some simple tips for you that will have you eating your own food in a matter of days. Yes, it’s that simple and we’re going to start you off with sprouts — All that you need to get started is some seeds, a jar, water and a paper towel. HOW TO GROW SPROUTS  Measure seeds by the tablespoonful: 3 tablespoons produces a LOT of sprouts at once, so plan accordingly. Small seeds: 1 tablespoon fills a jar. Soak larger wheat...

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How to get rid of pests organically

Your garden is growing beautifully and nothing could go wrong, that is, until those tiny pests seem to be under attack. While many people turn to pesticides as a quick fix, we at Florida Food & Farm know that things should be done a little more naturally.

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Cravings: Tomatoes from Walt’s Farmhouse Tomatoes

What are you craving this month? We’re craving a trip to the West Palm Beach Greenmarket, where we can visit Walt from Walt’s Heirlooms Farmhouse Tomatoes and pick up a basket of his juicy, farm-fresh tomatoes. Now, these aren’t just your ordinary tomatoes. They’re heirloom, hydroponic tomatoes from a 1-acre plot of land in Lake Worth, something that he’s been perfecting since he opened his company, Walt’s Heirloom Farmhouse Tomatoes, in 1996. Just take a slice of one of his juicy Beefsteak tomatoes, add some fresh basil and drizzle with your favorite balsamic and your palate will be dancing in delight. In addition to carrying four types of beefsteak tomatoes like Red Brandywine, Cherokee Purple, Gold Medal and Kellogg’s Breakfast; he also grows a variety of cocktail and cherry tomato varieties including Green Zebra, Plum Lemon, Red Zebra and Black Cherry tomatoes. Now, how do you enjoy your tomatoes? For more information on Walt’s Heirloom Farmhouse Tomatoes, take a look at page eight of our fall issue or visit him online at...

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