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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.

    Career Opportunities in Organics, Pt. 1

    Career Opportunities in Organics, Pt. 1

    Anna Cesarotti, Associate Director of Organic Certification at QCS (Quality Certification Services), speaks with Juan Carlos Rodriguez about career opportunities in the growing industry of organics. 


    In this episode, learn about: 
    - How Anna came to work in organics 
    - Types of careers in the organic industry 
    - Why the organic industry is growing  
    - How to find careers in organics
     
     Learn more about QCS on their website: https://qcsinfo.org/ 
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    What can OMRI do for you?

    What can OMRI do for you?

    Organic Materials Research Institute (OMRI) is an international 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that reviews and lists allowed materials that organic producers can use. 

    In this episode, learn about:
    How OMRI began  OMRI’s mission and role in the industry today What it means to be "OMRI Listed®"   Technical support and training opportunities for professionals in the organic industry  
    Learn more OMRI on their website: https://www.omri.org 
     
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    Local Flower Farming and Floristry

    Local Flower Farming and Floristry

    Interest in growing and buying local flowers has grown immensely over the past few years, helping consumers embrace local agriculture, support local farmers, and access even more varieties of local grown flowers. 
    In this episode, learn about: 
    - Floriculture and why it’s becoming an increasingly popular industry today 
    - The Slow Flower Movement 
    - How consumers can support local flower farmers 
    - Opportunities and profitability for new and upcoming flower farmers 
     
    Resources: 
    Learn more about the Slow Flower movement at https://www.slowflowers.com. 
    Listen to our previous podcast interview with the Florida Wildflower Foundation Executive Director Stacey Matrazzo: https://foginfo.org/freshtake-podcast.php?florida+wildflower+foundation%3A+creating+and+restoring+native+wildflower+habitats+&oid=11141819 
    Visit the Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers website: https://www.ascfg.org
     
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    Holiday Cooking with Nontraditional Local Foods

    Holiday Cooking with Nontraditional Local Foods

    With the holiday season right around the corner, now is the time for recipe planning! By incorporating locally grown foods into your holiday recipes, you can make tasty dishes and feel good about supporting your local farmer. 
    In this episode, hear about: 
    - What crops are in season in Florida 
    - Unique recipes using local ingredients 
    - Where to purchase local foods 
    - How SNAP/EBT users can double their money at farmers markets 
     
    Links to Recipes Mentioned in Episode: 


    Roselle Mock Cranberry Sauce: https://toadstoolsfairyrings.com/2016/11/15/roselle-mock-cranberry-sauce 

    Creamed Braising Greens: https://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/12248-creamed-braising-greens  

    Butter Braised Radishes and Turnips: https://simpleseasonal.com/recipes/butter-braised-radishes-and-turnips 

    Old-fashioned Pumpkin Pie: https://toadstoolsfairyrings.com/2017/12/09/old-fashioned-pumpkin-pie 
     
    Other Resources: 

    Learn about Florida Heritage Foods and upcoming events at: www.floridaheritagefoods.com

    Find out what’s in season on the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services website: https://www.fdacs.gov/Consumer-Resources/Buy-Fresh-From-Florida/Crops-in-Season

    Visit Fresh from Florida’s What’s in Season Page for more in season crops: https://www.followfreshfromflorida.com/whats-in-season

    Go to UF/IFAS Gardening Solutions page to learn what crops to grow in your region for each season: https://gardeningsolutions.ifas.ufl.edu/care/planting/vegetable-gardens-by-season.html

    Learn more about upcoming events on FOG’s website: www.foginfo.org/events 


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    Supporting Local and Organic Farmers: Carolina Farm Stewardship Association

    Supporting Local and Organic Farmers: Carolina Farm Stewardship Association

    Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA) is a farmer-driven, membership-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that helps people in North and South Carolina grow and enjoy local, organic food. Founded in 1979, the organization advocates, educates, and builds connections to create sustainable food systems in the Carolinas centered on local and organic agriculture. 
    In this episode, learn about: 
    - CFSA’s history and mission 
    - CFSA’s role in organics in the Carolinas 
    - Programs and advocacy initiatives for farmers 
    - CFSA’s Annual Conference 
     
    Learn more about CFSA on their website: https://www.carolinafarmstewards.org

    Learn about and register for the 2022 CFSA Annual Conference, taking place November 5-7: https://web.cvent.com/event/f8effbda-f430-47e1-95a7-01fe9394d72b/summary?RefId=Sponsor&rp=d75efb73-208d-47b1-a7b5-218dfb3a320a&utm_source=CFSAwebsite 



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    Georgia Organics: Advocating for Farmers

    Georgia Organics: Advocating for Farmers

    Georgia Organics has been rooted in providing direct support to small and organic farmers across Georgia since the 1970s, before formally incorporating as a 501(c)(3) in 1997. Michael Wall, Director of Farmer Advocacy, highlights some of the organization’s programs and farmer advocacy initiatives. 

    Tune in to hear about: 
    - Georgia Organics’ new mission and vision 
    - Preliminary results of Georgia Organic’s recent farmer survey 
    - How Georgia Organics advocates for farmers 
    - Upcoming events and special projects 
     
    Learn more about Georgia Organics on their website: https://www.georgiaorganics.org 
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Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
15 Ratings

15 Ratings

Jennybird89 ,

Highly recommend!

I was so happy to come across you guys as I’ve had a challenging time finding a podcast that focuses on the unique growing conditions of Florida. I’m considering starting a flower farm. Your podcast has been SO helpful and knowledgeable. Thank you!

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.

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