Category: Featured

Promote Your Favorite Farmers Market on Instagram and Win

Now is your chance to celebrate your favorite farmers market – and maybe even win a prize while doing it. Aug. 7-13 is National Farmers Market Week (NFMW), an annual event sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that highlights the important role farmers markets play in the nation’s food system. Now in its 17th year, NFMW, observed during the first full week of August, provides an opportunity for farmers markets to highlight the important effects they have on us, such as increasing access to fresh, healthy food; supporting local communities; and helping to preserve the country’s farmland...

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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:...

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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...

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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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