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Rocking it out in Gainesville with the Rockstar Farmer Tour

We were thrilled to partner with East End Market in Orlando to bring the Rockstar Farmer Tour featuring Canadian Farmer Curtis Stone, owner of Green City Acres in Kelowna, BC, to town for an inspirational and motivational two-day Curtis Stone bio picture event January 28 and 29!

On January 28, Curtis gave a free lecture at the Civic Media Center to about 75 people. He spoke about his urban farming operation, and describe how, despite having no previous experience and only a shoestring budget, he turned a profit of more than $20,000 his first year and double that profit every year since. He showed quite a few photos of his operation, how he views the city in terms of delivering produce and his method of turning beds within the growing season.

On January 29, Curtis delved a little deeper into the strategic production techniques he uses which focus on high value crops with short growth cycles as well as service specialized and niche market streams such as restaurants, and cooperative CSA’s. The workshop focsued on serious, high production urban farming and focused on the business of urban farming – specifically how to produce high value crops and how to sell them. He shared the tools and technology to better manage business and to save money. More than 25 people attended the workshop.

Green City Acres is a commercial urban farm established in 2010 and based out of Kelowna, BC. Farming under a half acre of land spread over multiple plots in the downtown core, they sell vegetables to some of the city’s best restaurants, wineries, and a weekly farmers market. Curtis also works as an educator, consultant, and writer on the subject urban farming throughout North America.

Learn more about his operation by visiting the farm’s website or follow the farm on Facebook

Florida Local Food Summit

 

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Early bird registration ends September 22 … register today and save!

Florida Organic Growers, East End Market, Local Roots Distribution and Earth Learning have partnered to host the first annual Florida Local Food Summit slated for Friday, October 3rd and Saturday, October 4th at East End Market in Orlando.

The summit will be an opportunity for our state’s farmers, foodpreneurs, consumers and policy makers to come together to grow Florida’s local food movement. Attendees will receive technical assistance and networking opportunities to grow all areas of the local food system from field to fork and beyond, in order to mobilize their communities for positive change.

On Friday, attendees can choose to participate in three educational tracks.

The goal of the Organic Agriculture Track is to learn about organic production and beyond the field including policy, organic certification, farm justice, and farmers market opportunities. This track is for both beginning farmers and those interested in learning about holistic, sustainable farming practices.

People are drawn to be small farmers for many reasons.  The Foodpreneur Track will help attendees conceptualize or truly define their farm’s model as well as refine the tools and processes needed to be a natural farmer. The afternoon will be spent discussing unique crop options and how to bring products to market.

Permaculture Design is an approach that integrates the wisdom of natural systems into human projects. This can be done at every scale of human endeavor. On this track participants explore how to achieve this with local food systems on farms and homesteads, foodsheds and local economies, and in urban spaces.

Saturday’s activities offer attendees the opportunity to dig deeper into the components of our State’s food system and how we as stakeholders can nurture a more sustainable and resilient local food economy.

The keynote speakers for the Summit are Jean-Martin Fortier and CheFarmer Matthew Raiford. Jean-Martin founded Les Jardins de la Grelinette, an internationally recognized micro-farm known for its high productivity and profitability using low-tech, high-yield methods of production. A leading practitioner of biologically intensive cropping systems, Jean-Martin has more than a decade’s worth of experience in organic farming.

CheFarmer Matthew Raiford is a sixth generation farmer, the Executive Chef of Little St. Simons Island and co-owner of Gilliard Farms, LLC.  Gilliard Farms works with the earth to provide wholesome, organic produce for tables across our region.  For them, organic farming is not a trend but rather a tastier way of balancing people’s nutritional needs with the needs of the environment.

Additional educators include:

  • Marty Mesh, Executive Director of Florida Organic Growers
  • Emily Rankin, Founder and Owner of Local Roots: Farm to Restaurant Distribution & Farm Store
  • John Rife, Founder and Owner of East End Market
  • Sarah Waring, Executive Director with the Center for an Agricultural Economy
  • Mario Yanez, Executive Director of Earth Learning

Early bird registration ends September 22nd! Register today! 

To learn more about the Summit including the educators and speakers, or to sponsor, please visit the Summit website at http://www.floridafoodsummit.com/.