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October Events

Join us in October as we partner with organizations around the state to host workshops and events!

Date Event Description
3-4 Florida Local Food Summit The FIRST Annual Florida Local Food Summit will leave participants inspired, connected and well equipped to face challenges associated with improving our state’s local food system. We aim to provide attendees the technical assistance and networking opportunities to grow all areas of local food from field to fork and beyond, and mobilize their communities to create positive change.


4 Venice Farmers Market Fresh Access Bucks Grand Opening Join the Venice Farmers Market, Venice’s City Council and County Commissioner Christine Robinson for the Fresh Access Bucks grand opening!


7 Eat Local, Give Local The Beaches Green Market & Atlantic Beach Mid-Week Market are hosting Eat Local, Give Local, a fundraising event for Fresh Access Bucks. With the generous support of Jaxon Social, the evening includes farm-to-table cuisine, craft cocktails and live music by Whetherman. Admission is $75. Tickets may be purchased online at
16 Englewood Farmers Market Fresh Access Bucks Kick-Off Event Join the Englewood Farmers Market for their Fresh Access Bucks kickoff event and celebrate access to healthy food for all!


18-19 Grow Fest! Grow Fest! is about connecting the dots between the farm or garden and the dinner table. It’s about providing the knowledge and materials to grow, forage, buy, prepare, and eat good, local, seasonal food. At the Redland Fruit and Spice Park, visitors can attend demos, workshops and presentations, listen to live music and purchase gardening supplies. FOG will be present tabling with information about our programs, with organic juice and water for sale.


22 Zen Pumpkin Soup Cooking Demo Learn how to prepare Zen Pumpkin Soup (Locally sourced Seminole pumpkin) cooking demonstration Wednesday, October 22nd @ 5:30PM at the Downtown Union Street Farmers Market. The demo will be presented by Stefanie Samara Hamblen and sponsored by Florida Organic Growers. 

Accompanying the cooking demonstration, there will be a nutrition education table providing information on the nutritional quality of seasonal produce, healthy eating habits and other easy-to-prepare cooking recipes. The table will be run by UF Nutrition and Dietetics student volunteers. There will be opportunities to win food preserving goodies and coupons.

Food Day Cooking Demo 2014


25-26 New Leaf Market Farm Tour Thirty-four local farms are opening their doors and inviting you to experience farm life. Each farm is offering something special. Families can enjoy tours that include barnyard animals, farm-fresh goods and refreshments. You can attend a workshop on beekeeping, take a hayride or talk to farmers who are committed to organic production. Visit working cattle and goat ranches, a dairy or a winery. And of course, purchase amazingly fresh goods directly from the farm.


25 FAB Family Fun Day at the Venice Farmers Market Join the Venice Farmers Market to celebrate their Fresh Access Bucks program. The event includes FAB Magic w/ Glenn Gary, along with Suzanne Andrews, Mother’s Cupboard, conducting a cooking demo with items from the market, and Elaine Bronson, Aqua Zainey One Stroke Painting, doing face painting.  There will also be a ‘Planting Garden’ workshop with Dr. Robert Kluson of UF/IFAS Sarasota County Extension. 
27 Seven Days of Local Delights FOG is participating again this year in Tallahassee’s Eat Local Week, known as the Seven Days of Local Delights. FOG will be hosting a discussion on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), exploring their social, health and environmental impacts. It will be at the Miccosukee Root Cellar from 6:30-7:30 at the 1311 Miccosukee Rd, Tallahassee, FL 32308.


29 Sarasota Eat Local Week FOG will be participating in Sarasota’s Eat Local Week, tabling at the event and providing educational materials related to sustainable food systems. 
30 Englewood Farmers Market Englewood Farmers Market will be hosting a family fun day. FOG will have a table promoting Fresh Access Bucks and helping with market tours.

Organic Farming Workshop at KYV Farm

The workshop will provide practical information and advice about sustainable/organic farming such as soil and weed management, marketing,  cover crops and farm planning, the use of farm machinery, farm cooperatives and organic certification. The workshop is designed for beginning and new farmers, as well as those interested in transitioning to organic.

KYV owner operator Francisco Arroyo will lead a farm tour, and discuss production, weed and pest management strategies as well as scaling up from a very small (less than one acre) to a small but much larger (five plus acres) farm.

Caleb Crowell with New River Growers, a non-profit farm cooperative in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, will present on the success and challenges of farmer cooperatives and Florida Organic Growers’ Executive Director Marty Mesh staff will lead a discussion on organic certification.

Admission is $20 and includes lunch. Scholarships are available please email for more information.

If you want to attend, please fill out the registration form below. Or to register with check or money order contact Travis at or at 352-363-1093.

Workshop Registration Form

The Seed Workshop

FAMU College of Agriculture and Food Sciences, Cooperative Extension is thrilled to be bringing the internationally known US seed saving pioneer, Ira Wallace of Southern Exposure Seed Exchange to the Tallahassee area.

Southern Exposure Seed Exchange offers over 700 varieties of open-pollinated heirloom and organic seeds selected for flavor and regional adaptability.  This is an important workshop for all serious growers interested in  saving your own seed and preserving local seed biodiversity.

During this hands-on workshop you will learn:

Why Seed Saving Matters GMO Agriculture Issues and Your Farm or Garden
Fundamentals of Good Seed Saving (crossers and selfers, how to promote good seed set, how to maintain your crop’s genetics, isolation, population size, roguing, etc.)
Dry and Wet Fermentation Seed Processing
Simple Seed Cleaning and Storage Techniques
How to plan seed saving for your Farm
The Business of Growing Seed for Farm and Sale, etc.

We will cover all kinds of seeds grown in the southeast region including greens, lettuce, eggplant, peppers, okra, peas, corn, cucumbers, melons, squash, herbs, beets, carrots, onions, parsnips, cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kohlrabi, etc.  If you have seed you are trying to save that’s not listed, let us know and we will try to cover it too.

The 2013 Seed Workshop will be held on August 11, 12, and 13 at three locations.  Select the date that is best for you! Register at: