Organic Farming Workshops
Florida Organic Growers (FOG) has a long tradition of promoting and organizing successful organic farming workshops throughout Florida. We partner with organic farmer experts, University of Florida-IFAS, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) and many other research and education institutions to bring these practical on-farm workshops to life. The goal behind these workshops is to promote sustainable and organic farming methods such as farm planning, sustainable soil management, sustainable pest, disease, and weed management, food safety, marketing, USDA National Organic Program (NOP) regulations, and much more.
These workshops create a critical meeting place for the sharing and exchange of ideas among farmers and researchers, promoting a sense of collaboration and partnership among them, and to present the most up to date research information. Practices highlighted in workshops are relevant to all farming operations, with the potential to help reduce input costs while improving soil characteristics and whole-farm ecological function. Workshop participants benefit from host farmers’ experiences and insights, as well as knowledge and experience from invited speakers and FOG staff.
Organic Food and Farming Summit
September 17-19, 2017
In celebration of our 30th Anniversary, FOG is holding our inaugural state-wide Organic Food & Farming Summit. This three day summit is an opportunity for farmers to interact with innovators and leaders in organic agriculture to gain knowledge & training through farm tours, workshops, a trade show and day-long training opportunities.
September 17: 12:30 pm- 3:30 pm, Swallowtail Farm Implements Workshop
Swallowtail Farm, located north of Alachua, is a biodynamic farm with 7 acres under production that uses no synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides or other chemicals. With a focus on appropriate scale, conservation of resources, and nature-produced fertility, Swallowtail Farm is a model of sustainability and fine land stewardship.
Swallowtail’s On-farm Implements Workshop will provide a thorough overlook of helpful tools for small to medium-sized farming operations. Whether it be tractors or spades, workshop participants will walk away with an understanding of the range of tools that can be utilized, and all participants will have an opportunity to work hands-on with the demonstrated tool. This interactive and personalized workshop will allow participants to engage with farmers from all over Florida. Get your questions ready because the folks at Swallowtail are ready to answer them!