Free Organic Farming Workshop in South Florida
Florida Organic Growers (FOG) is organizing a Free Organic Farming Workshop at LNB Groves and Bee Heaven Farm in Homestead, Florida. The event will take place on Thursday October 11th 2012 , from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm in two locations.
Workshop starts at: LNB Groves, 25250 SW 194th Avenue Homestead, FL 33031
Workshop continues at: Bee Heaven Farm, 19000 SW 264th St, Homestead, FL 33031
The workshop will provide practical information and advice about:
- organic tropical fruit and vegetable production
- sustainable soil and weed management
- organic produce marketing
- organic certification process and maintenance
The workshop is designed for current and prospective farmers, as well as service providers who are interested in learning and sharing about organic farming.
Marc Ellenby from LNB Groves and Margie Pikarsky from Bee Heaven Farm, along with FOG, will lead the workshop and interactive farm tours.
About the Speakers:
|Marc Ellenby manages about 160 acres of tropical fruit groves in South Florida. He’s currently transitioning 15 acres to organic management. Species in production include sapodilla, mamey sapote, black sapote, jackfruit, and dragon fruit. Marc will have the assistance of Tropical Fruit Crop Specialist Jonathan Crane from IFAS’ Tropical Research and Education Center.|
|Margie Pikarsky has managed Bee Heaven Farm, a seven acre certified organic vegetable, herb, and fruit farm, since 1995. Bee Heaven Farm produces a wide variety of crops, including prized avocados and tomatoes. Additionally, Pikarsky heads up a multifarm CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program that has grown tremendously.|
The Farmer workshop is organized by Florida Organic Growers (FOG), and supported by a Specialty Crop Block Grant administered by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. FOG’s Education and Outreach Program promotes organic agriculture and healthy and just food systems, informing producers, consumers, media, institutions and governments about the benefits of organic and sustainable agriculture.
Space is limited and registration is required.
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