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Farm Tours for Farmers: Thursday, September 8th, 2016- FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

***Please note the start time to the Maya Papaya farm tour is move up to 2pm.  Sorry for the inconvenience! 

Producer Summit Workshop Schedule: Friday, September 9th, 2016

$50 per person, includes farm-to-table breakfast and lunch

Friday, the Industry Level Summit starts the day at East End Market.  Venue A. 

Slow Food Orlando is hosting three local food movies on Saturday at Stardust Coffee and Video.

10: 30 AM Dirt the Movie: A Story with Heart & Soil DIRT! The Movie–narrated by Jamie Lee Curtis–brings to life the environmental, economic, social and
political impact that the soil has.

12:30 PM Grow! 
There is a growing movement of young people who are setting aside their college diplomas and leaving
the cities to take up an agrarian lifestyle in search of something more meaningful than a 9-5 desk job. 

3:00 PM “KNOW YOUR FOOD”: Lexicon of Sustainability
A short film series which introduces viewers to the terms and principles that enable them to be more
responsible, sustainably-minded consumers.


Community Summit Workshop Schedule: Saturday, September 10th, 2016

FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC


Friday    9:30 AM- 10:45 AM    Salad Mix Intensive

Salad mix is a proven high-value crop for successful small market growers, especially those with limited acreage and machinery. This in-depth intensive workshop will cover all aspects of running a salad mix program. Participants will learn proper planning, variety selection, soil preparation, planting techniques, harvest and processing best practices, appropriate tools, and pest and disease management. This workshop is geared toward smaller Organic/CNG/practicing-organic market growers selling direct to consumers and chefs, but all growers are welcome.

Friday    9:30 AM- 10:45 AM    Financial Literacy

Sharpen your pencil and fire up your calculator!  In this ‘hands-on’ workshop Mark Yarick of the Florida Small Business Development Center will be creating a complete set of company financial reports including a Profit and Loss Statement, a Balance Sheet and Cash Flow Statement.  In addition we will prepare a Start-up Sources and Uses table and a Break-even Analysis for the fictional business we are starting.  

Friday    9:30 AM- 10:45 AM    Holistic Pasture Management

A former conventional farmer, Will Harris of White Oak Pastures joins us to discuss how he converted his land to what is now considered a model of the highest standards of animal welfare, holistic farm management and regenerative agriculture.

Friday    9:30 AM- 10:45 AM    Transforming The Food System To Empower All

Farmer Jordan Brown of The Family Garden and Jeannie Economos of the Farmworker Association of Florida will be joined by Leah Cohen of the Agricultural Justice Project to discuss a movement of farmworkers, farmers, food businesses, advocates, and the general public who are challenging the current political, social and economic systems to transform the food system to one that is based on empowerment, justice, and fairness for all who labor from farm to retail

Friday    11:00 AM- 12:15 PM    Specialty Vegetables: For the Art and Flavor of Food

Emily Rankin, the owner of Local Roots, the premier farm to restaurant distribution company in the state shares why chefs are seeking rare and unique ingredients.  She will explain the different crops chefs are looking for, what makes the ingredients special and how you can incorporate them into your production.

Friday    11:00 AM- 12:15 PM    Financing & Grants for Farmers

Whether you are involved in small production, an emerging technology, value-added processing, distribution, retail or large-scale production – Agribusiness enterprises often need financing to realize their goals. Every program and every project is different. Finding the financing that matches your project and financial situation is often the key to a successful venture. This workshop will highlight presentations by Farm Credit, The USDA, the NCRS and the FSA.

Friday    11:00 AM- 12:15 PM    Food Labels and Animal Welfare Approved Certification

Free range. Organic. Cage free. Grassfed…Today’s producers and consumers face a bewildering range of terms and claims used to promote and label food. While demand for sustainably-produced food continues to grow, so too has the widespread use of often confusing – and sometimes highly misleading – food label terms and claims. Hear from Callie Casteel, Southeast Region Farmer and Market Outreach Coordinator for Animal Welfare Approved (AWA), about what the most commonly used labels mean (and don’t mean).

Friday    11:00 AM- 12:15 PM    Understanding Food Safety and GAP for Organic Production

Join Mary Beth Henry from UF/IFAS and Mario Velasco from Quality Certification Services for an informative session on farm food safety. Regardless of farm size, farmers need to practice food safety at their farms every day. Learn about the potential impacts of the new federal food safety legislation on your farm operation. Learn the food safety verification options you have, how to prepare for and obtain a food safety audit, and how to improve food safety at your farm regardless of whether or not you will be exempt from mandatory audits under the new law.

Friday    1:15 PM- 2:30 PM    Fruit Tree and Berry Production for Florida

Farmer and owner of a Natural Farm nursery, Luc Duytsche will share his production experience with organic blueberries, olives, peaches, persimmons and avocados in central Florida. Topics include varietal selection, soil building, pruning, fertilization and pest control.

Friday    1:15 PM- 2:30 PM    Chefs & Farmers: Building a Trusted Relationship

Laura Reiley, author of the Farm to Fable article and Emily Rankin, owner of Local Roots: Farm to Restaurant Distribution, have designed a workshop to build more trust between our amazing Florida farmers and our incredible local chefs. We will invite both chefs and farmers to the conversation to see if we can discover some really creative ways to co-market and verify support for each other. We can make a thriving local food system, if we do it together!

Friday    1:15 PM- 2:30 PM    All in for Agritourism! A look at global and local examples.

Join Gabriele Marewski from Paradise Farms in Homestead for an exciting tour of Agritourism operations. This session will inspire your agritourism venture, share best practices and Florida specific Agritourism opportunities and regulations.

Friday    1:15 PM- 2:30 PM    Accepting SNAP/EBT and Fresh Access Bucks at your Market

More and more around the country farmers markets, CSAs, mobile markets and farm stands are increasing their sales by accepting Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, formerly known as food stamps. Carmen Franz, Fresh Access Bucks Manager, will cover how Farmers Market SNAP incentive programs can provide families with access to affordable, fresh, healthy produce and increase revenue for thousands of small and mid-sized farm businesses.

Friday    2:45 PM- 4:00 PM    Farming Flowers

Learn about farming flowers from seed to vase with North Florida farmer Mariana Reihm of Lady Bug Blooms. This workshop will look into production techniques, variety selection, and marketing outlets for small farmers. The session will round out with Jenn Crotty of Porch Therapy giving attendees the buyers perspective on blooms and bouquets.

Friday    2:45 PM- 4:00 PM    Trust but Verify: Tips to Build Vendor Integrity at Markets

Sharon Yeago, local farmer's market icon is sharing a presentation by Colleen Donovan of Washington State University’s Small Farms Program will map out current issues concerning “farmers market integrity” and present an overview of how different farmers markets around the country certify farms and markets.

Friday    2:45 PM- 4:00 PM    Farm Internships

Join Will Harris as he discusses White Oak Pastures’ new Farm Internship/Apprenticeship Program that is the most comprehensive in the country. The scale, diversity, and vertical integration of this farm makes it an unique training experience. Learn from the best on how to structure a successful internship program on your farm.

Friday    2:45 PM- 4:00 PM    Best Practices for Farm Scale Composting Systems

Noah Shitama of Swallowtail Farm will present on his biodynamic composting methods. Mike Meier from Ground Floor Farm will share the Aerated Static Pile composting system that is great for smaller farms. Gabriele Marewski is making a really great mushroom compost at Paradise Farms which she will present on. Jordan Brown of The Family Garden will share their method using wood chips and chicken manure.

Friday    4:15 PM- 5:30 PM    Diversifying the Farm: How One Farm Can be Many Businesses

Interested in expanding the enterprises on your farm? Want some ideas on how to diversify inside and around the garden? Join the team from Swallowtail Farm to learn how they manage multiple operations on one farm. Hear about the CSA, growing flowers, small scale dairying, and more!

Friday    4:15 PM- 5:30 PM    Pitch Perfect: Storytelling and Media Relations

Telling your story is an increasingly essential part of doing business in today's world. Social media and the internet have given businesses and organizations the tools they need to tell their own stories with tremendous success.  But how does a business or organization get the attention of journalists, writers and editors at larger media outlets? How do you take your storytelling to the next level? With a handful of simple tools and a really great pitch.

Friday    4:15 PM- 5:30 PM    Farm to School: Scalable Success for Farm to School

Join Caitlyn Glatting, District Coordinator for the UF/IFAS Farm to School & Community team for a panel of presenters who have achieved Farm to School Success on different scales.  The UF/IFAS Family Nutrition Program is working to increase Florida produce in school cafeterias across the state.  Panelists include: small district farm to school coordinator, large district procurement specialist, non-profit farm to school distributor, and a medium size farmer selling to schools. Whether starting seedlings for a small school garden or providing green beans for 150,000 meals a day, there is room at the table for everyone to be involved in Farm to School.

Friday    4:15 PM- 5:30 PM    Organic Inputs in Florida

John Bitter of Frog Song Organics in Gainesville, organic farmer and USDA Organic Inspector for farms and processing facilities since 2007 will be sharing his knowledge of organic inputs. Florida is a very hospitable environment for pests, and fungus, so it brings its own challenges to organic farming. John will review a long list of OMRI inputs, sharing why and why not to use them, as well as how he uses them on his North Florida farm.

Saturday    9:00 AM- 10:30AM    Transforming the 'Food Mirage'

This presentation will provide examples of how SNAP-Ed's Family Nutrition Program has provided direct nutrition education paired with low-maintenance environmental enhancements such as orchard development and floating hydroponic gardens at limited-resource schools and community sites to inspire behavior change toward a healthier lifestyle in Florida's SNAP-eligible population. Learn how you can partner or volunteer with us.

Saturday    9:00 AM- 10:30AM    Varietal Selection - The First Line of Defense

Utilizing more than 7 years of exhaustive testing in the Vegetable Garden at the City of Orlando's Leu Gardens, learn what varieties of vegetables and herbs perform best in Florida's unforgiving environment.  In this fun-filled presentation, the Gardens' Director (and avid vegetable grower), Robert Bowden will help you discover the secrets to growing more than thirty different vegetables and herbs.

Saturday    9:00 AM- 10:30AM    Local Level Food Policy Councils

Rachel Shapiro, Chair of the Florida Food Policy Council, will share her experience and thought processes behind building a Food Policy Council from the ground up. This interactive workshop will take you through a brief exploration of what Food Policy is, how it's created, and how you can get involved at the local level to start making a difference in areas of Food Policy.

Saturday    9:00 AM- 10:30AM    Interplanting: Agriculture, Food and Art Practice

Five artists discuss how local food systems serve as inspiration for making work as well as how art potentially can serve as an access point educating the public about various aspects of food production as well as our relationship to the food we eat.  Jeff Schmuki, Bridget Fairbanks, Thomas Storey, and Katerie Gladdys will show images and videos of work and the Allison Alsup will do a brief reading from her novel in progress about Frank Meyer of Meyer lemons.  

Saturday    9:00 AM- 10:30AM    Hydroponic Vegetable Gardening

Join Katherine Grandey from the The Greenh2ouse and Richard Tyson from IFAS for a fun session to get you inspired and ready to grow hydroponic vegetables in your backyard or school garden. You will learn about the various hydroponic systems available in the market, and how to install and successfully manage a small scale hydroponic garden. Topics include recommended crops, fertility and pest management.

Saturday    11:00 AM- 12:30 PM    Eating & Cooking Local

Kendra Lott, Publisher of Edible Orlando Magazine and Emily Rankin, Owner of Local Roots Farm to Restaurant Distribution and Farm Store in the East End Market share how they eat, shop, and cook for their local ingredient driven meals. The class will include some simple cooking sessions and the opportunity to taste some amazing local ingredients.

Saturday    11:00 AM- 12:30 PM    Seed Starting for Home Gardening

Join Shelby Stec from Dog Day Gardens for a workshop on growing your organic garden from seed. Topics will include seed selection, transplanting versus direct seeding, soil mixes, containers, up-potting organic seedlings and more!

Saturday    11:00 AM- 12:30 PM    Systems Thinking Basics

Knowing the components of food or farming systems and having a vision for improving them are important tools.  Systems thinking is an imperative skillset that can take our efforts to the next level. Systems theory helps us look at problems holistically, avoid unanticipated consequences, and target small successes that lead to the long-term goal instead of astray. We will cover the key concepts of systems theory while participants create their own concept maps.

Saturday    11:00 AM- 12:30 PM    Growing a Local Food Campaign

Don Hall, Executive Director of Transition Sarasota and designer of its Local Food Shift campaign, will discuss and answer questions about starting and growing a similar effort in your community. Over the past six years, Transition Sarasota has offered dozens of talks, film screenings, and "reskilling" workshops exploring related topics, harvested nearly 200,000 pounds of produce for local food banks, published online and print editions of its Eat Local Guide, organized five annual Eat Local Weeks, inspired more than 400 individuals and institutions to take its 10% Local Food Shift Pledge and much more.

Saturday    11:00 AM- 12:30 PM    Growing Food Not Lawns!: Fleet Farming

During this presentation, Michele Bumbier of Fleet Farming will address the issues with large scale agriculture and present our urban farming model as one of the many solutions to the issues that arise from large scale farming. We will present our small plot intensive model in depth and how it creates community connection, limits pollution, and contributes the local economy.         

Saturday    1:00 PM- 2:30 PM    Fermenting in Florida

Because of our hot, humid climate, fermenting food can be a challenge here in Florida. But with a bit of environmental awareness and plenty of practice, we Floridians can enjoy the many pleasures of fermentation. In this intensive, hands-on workshop, we will cover sourdough bread, lactic cheese, and a variety of fermented vegetable recipes. Jackie Vitale of Ground Floor Farms will share a thorough understanding of key fermentation concepts (with particular emphasis on the role of time and temperature) and feel confident about their ability to successfully troubleshoot and ferment in their Florida kitchens.

Saturday    1:00 PM- 2:30 PM    Reading your garden. How to use plant observation.

Tim Armstrong of Eat Your Yard Jax will be presenting on how we can fine tune our gardens and the soil from which it grows. By looking at weeds, plant leaves and cultural conditions we can make better judgment as to how to react to your plants’ needs. By taking care of the soil we can improve the plant's health and nutrient density. Whether you're a home gardener or full time farmer, knowing how to identify pest, disease and nutrient deficiencies is an essential to cultivating healthier plants and vegetables.

Saturday    1:00 PM- 2:30 PM    Municipal Food System Planning

Communities across the country have increasingly become involved in food system planning through a variety of policies, plans and projects--the City of Orlando is no exception. The purpose of this panel is to detail the evolution of the City’s interventions, identify challenges and successes and share future directions to build a healthy and sustainable food system. Mary-Stewart DROEGE will share key areas that will be addressed include front yard gardens, chicken program, cottage food law, food policy council activities, fleet farming and the Greenworks food element.

Saturday    1:00 PM- 2:30 PM    Creating a Small Farmer Network

In this session Dr Robert Kluson of IFAS will share the benefits and challenges of building collaborative networks among farmers and gardeners in Florida. Examples include the Southwest Florida Small Farmers Network, seed saving and exchange efforts among gardeners and more. Learn how to start a similar effort in your area.

Saturday    1:00 PM- 2:30 PM    A Tropical Edible Garden: Permaculture for your Home

Jeff Trapani, Michele Bumbier & Matt Hunter are some of the most forward thinking gardeners we have in Central Florida and they will be sharing a permaculture method called “food forests” you can recreate in your home garden. Nearly unknown in the United States, multi-level perennial homegardens are touted by leading agroforestry scientist P.K. Nair as "the epitome of sustainability" and account for well over 15 million acres of land use world-wide.

Saturday    3:00 PM- 4:30 PM    Preserving your Kitchen Garden: Jams & Canning

Betsy Brkich, local chef and founder of Heavens to Betsy, Gourmet Preserves and Spreads, will share her passion for preserving the art of preserves.  Betsy will demonstrate an interactive class in preserving the "fruits of your garden".  In season now:  Tomato Jam, "Sweet Heirloom" or "Chipotle" flavors - depending on whether you like the "sweet" or a little bit of "heat".   Either way, tomato jam is a great way to use up your tomato harvest in a delicious and versatile way.  

Saturday    3:00 PM- 4:30 PM    Seed Saving: Becoming a Collector

Saving seeds has become a lost art, vanished from our collective consciousness in the blink of an eye. It was once a normal and sensible practice that went hand in hand with harvesting, raising animals and putting up food for the year. Saving one's own seed ensured food security, preserved and adapted crops to a region, and lent a characteristic flavor to regional cuisine. We've lost upwards of 90% of our crop diversity in just 100 years, allowing our seeds and our future to be determined by a handful of seed companies. Come learn the why and how of seed saving with Anna Prizzia of Forage.

Saturday    3:00 PM- 4:30 PM    Orange County Food Production Strategic Plan

Luis Nieves-Ruiz from the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council will be presenting on the results of the Orange County Food Production Strategic Plan, which includes an outline of agricultural lands and food production establishments in the county, as well as barriers to entering industry. Throughout this interactive workshop, we’ll look at the study’s findings, discuss the results, and think about how we can apply them to spur food production in the County.

Saturday    3:00 PM- 4:30 PM    Introduction to Beekeeping

Jessica Sullivan of UF/IFAS will be discussing basic considerations for potential beekeepers, including: legal aspects, space needs, risks, equipment and gear needed, startup costs, and time requirements for hive maintenance. Includes an overview of colony management throughout the year.

Saturday    3:00 PM- 4:30 PM    Starting a local National Young Farmers Coalition

Sophie Ackoff, National Field Director of the National Young Farmers Coalition, will be joining us virtually from her home in New York to discuss launching and growing local National Young Farmers Coalition chapters in Florida. She's a brilliant grassroots activist you won't want to miss!  


Florida Food Policy Council: Sunday, September 11th, 2016