Florida Organic Growers is excited to announce the first of our 2018 on-farm workshops! We’ll be visiting Kevin O’Dare at Osceola Organic Farm in Vero Beach, Saturday, March 31st.
Read more below and click here to register.
Please join FOG as we learn from Kevin O’Dare, of Osceola Organic Farm. Kevin will share some of what he has learned in 24 years of growing specialty fruit and vegetable crops. Topics covered include profitable organic production and post-harvest handling of specialty crops, including an overview of on-farm food safety provided by Sean Springfield, Food Safety Assurance Senior Assistant with Quality Certification Services (QCS).
- 12 noon – Check-in / On-site Registration opens
- 1 pm – Welcome
- 1:20 – Osceola Organic Farm history and overview
- 1:30 – General Q&A
- 1:45 – Tour and Explanation of practices
- 2:45 – Break / Networking
- 3:00 – Food Safety Discussion
- 3:45 – Workshop Evaluations by participants
- 4 pm – Close
Upcoming On-Farm FOG Workshops
We will be announcing more upcoming workshops in 2018 very soon! We are currently identifying and selecting host farms to share knowledge on the following topics:
- Organic pest and disease management
- Specialty crop production
- Post-harvest handling & food safety
- Bees for honey & pollination
- Tractors and implements
- Conservation best practices
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.