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Fresh Take is your roundup of all things related to organic and sustainable living. Join Florida Organic Growers staff and guest experts as we discuss everything you need to know about sustainable living, organic agriculture, and how to make the best lifestyle choices that benefit you and the environment. So if you’re an eco-warrior, a dedicated farmer, or just someone looking to make more conscious decisions, tune in to get your Fresh Take.

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Fresh Take is your roundup of all things related to organic and sustainable living. Join Florida Organic Growers staff and guest experts as we discuss everything you need to know about sustainable living, organic agriculture, and how to make the best lifestyle choices that benefit you and the environment. So if you’re an eco-warrior, a dedicated farmer, or just someone looking to make more conscious decisions, tune in to get your Fresh Take.

    Farm Aid’s Farmer Hotline and Assistance Programs for Farmers

    Farm Aid’s Farmer Hotline and Assistance Programs for Farmers

    Farm Aid was founded in 1985 in the midst of the 1980’s farm crisis. As a response to farmers in dire need of assistance, Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp held the first concert which raised over $7 million for America’s family farmers. Since then, Farm Aid has continued to support farmers through a variety of programs. We speak with Caitlin Arnold Stephano, Farm Aid’s Hotline Program Manager, about how Farm Aid is doing this. 
    Tune in to hear about: 
    - Mental health and resources offered through Farm Aid’s Farmer Hotline  
    - How Farm Aid assists farmers through its many programs  
    - Farm Aid's annual concert 
    - How organizations can get involved 
     
    Learn more about Farm Aid on their website: https://www.farmaid.org 
    Farm Aid’s Farmer Hotline is open Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (EST) and toll-free at 1-800-FARM-AID. Learn more about the hotline here: https://www.farmaid.org/our-work/supporting-family-farmers/ 
    Reach out to Grants@farmaid.org for more information about Farm Aid’s grant submission process. 
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    • 26 min
    A Conversation with Rural Advancement for Farmers International (RAFI-USA) about Programs and Funding Resources for Farmers

    A Conversation with Rural Advancement for Farmers International (RAFI-USA) about Programs and Funding Resources for Farmers

    Founded in 1990, Rural Advancement for Farmers International (RAFI-USA) challenges the root causes of unjust food systems, supporting and advocating for economically, racially, and ecologically just farm communities.  
    Lisa Misch, Director of Farmer Outreach and Technical Assistance at RAFI-USA, highlights some of the organization’s programs and funding resources for farmers. 
    Tune in to hear about: 
    - RAFI-USA's mission and vision 
    - RAFI-USA's programs and funding opportunities 
    - How RAFI-USA assists with Farm Service Agency (FSA) Disaster Relief Loans 
    - Upcoming events and workshops 
     
    Learn more about RAFI-USA on their website: https://www.rafiusa.org 
    RAFI-USA’s Farmer Crisis Hotline is open Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and toll-free at (866) 586-6746. Learn more about the hotline here: https://www.rafiusa.org/hotline/ 
     
    More Resources: 
    Join the Farmers of Color Network: https://www.rafiusa.org/programs/farmers-of-color-network/join-the-farmers-of-color-network/ 
    Learn more about Resources for Resilient Farms: https://www.rafiusa.org/programs/farmers-of-color-network/resources-for-resilient-farmers/ 
     How to Work with Your FSA Office Webinar: https://www.rafiusa.org/blog/webinar-how-to-work-with-fsa/ 
    Farmers of Color Network Market Readiness Webinar Series: https://www.rafiusa.org/blog/market-readiness-series/ 
     Learn about funding resources and farmer assistance on Farm Aid’s website: https://www.farmaid.org 
    Support the show (https://foginfo.org/donate/)

    • 21 min
    Setting Up Your Farm for Success – An Interview with Siembra Farm’s Jen Speedy

    Setting Up Your Farm for Success – An Interview with Siembra Farm’s Jen Speedy

    Jen Speedy is a farmer and Collective Member of Siembra Farm, a small-scale, sustainable farm in SE Gainesville, FL. With plans to open a new flower farm, Jen talks to us about things people should consider when setting up a new farm. 
    In this episode hear about:  
    - Challenges new farmers may face when starting a farm 
    - Avoiding farmer burnout  
    - Methods and tools for farming sustainably 
    - Risk-management strategies  
     
    Learn more about Siembra Farm on their website: https://siembrafarm.com 
    Support the show (https://foginfo.org/donate/)

    • 32 min
    New Food Safety for Farmers Podcast Series: Episode 1 - Microbiology of Foodborne Pathogens

    New Food Safety for Farmers Podcast Series: Episode 1 - Microbiology of Foodborne Pathogens

    In Episode 1 of FOG’s Food Safety for Farmers Podcast Series, Dr. Keith Schneider, Professor and Extension Specialist in the Food Science and Human Nutrition Department at the University of Florida, discusses microbiology concepts that help farmers better understand how to produce food safely. 
    Tune in to learn about: 
    The Produce Safety Rule Problematic foodborne pathogens The role of indicator organisms and methods to test for their presence Preventative controls Resources: 
    Learn more about food safety, new podcast episodes, upcoming events and webinars on our website: https://foginfo.org/food-safety-for-producers/
     
    For more information about food safety, visit the UF/IFAS Southern Center for FSMA Training website: https://sc.ifas.ufl.edu
     
    For the latest news on FSMA, visit the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Website:
    https://www.fda.gov/food/guidance-regulation-food-and-dietary-supplements/food-safety-modernization-act-fsma 
    Support the show (https://foginfo.org/donate/)

    • 24 min
    Finding Land for Your Farm - Tips from Floridian Farmers

    Finding Land for Your Farm - Tips from Floridian Farmers

    Aviva Asher and Daniel Robleto are founders and owners of Nicoya Farm, a family fruit and vegetable farm located in Gainesville, Florida. In 2015 they began Nicoya Farm on leased land in South Florida and transitioned the farm to collectively owned land in SE Gainesville.   
    In this episode, hear about: 
    - How Aviva and Daniel got started farming 
    - Their shift from leasing to purchasing land  
    - Owning land as part of a collective 
    - Considerations for farmers looking for farmland 
     
    Learn more about Nicoya Farm on their website: https://nicoyafarm.wordpress.com 
    Support the show (https://foginfo.org/donate/)

    • 31 min
    Edible Landscapes and Community Farm Initiatives 

    Edible Landscapes and Community Farm Initiatives 

    Fleet Farming is a non-profit urban agriculture program of IDEAS For Us located in Orlando, Florida. With a mission to empower all generations to grow food to increase local food accessibility, Fleet Farming transforms the average American lawn into a bio-verse, productive micro farms and edible gardens.  
    In this episode, Fleet Farming Program Manager Caroline Chomanics, tells us about: 
    - The history of Fleet Farming  
    - Involvement in community development and programs 
    - Opportunities to get involved 
     
    Learn more about Fleet Farming on their website: https://fleetfarming.org 
    Learn more about IDEAS for US on their website: https://ideasforus.org 
    Support the show (https://foginfo.org/donate/)

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
14 Ratings

14 Ratings

Pluff87 ,

Relevant and Informative!

Such a great podcast that’s very informative and relevant. Many of the guests on the show discuss important issues and ideas relevant to Floridians.

Dittobrooks ,

Wait, what?

I just listened to the “Florida Gardening in Summer” and was really surprised to hear the expert discuss avoiding GMO seeds (there are no GMO seeds available to the home gardener!), recommend growing spinach in the summer(umm…that’s a dead of winter crop), and recommending Johnny’s Seeds, when we have an amazing plethora of seed producers for home gardeners right here in our beautiful state. Normally I learn a lot from this podcast, but this episode left me scratching my head.

Robin Lavitch ,

Educational and Informative

Very educational and informative information!

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