Supporting and promoting organic and sustainable agriculture since 1987
Remembering the Past, Celebrating the Present
and Envisioning the Future

In 2017, as FOG proudly enters its 30th year of supporting and promoting organic and sustainable agriculture, we are excited to announce the offering of a statewide organic Florida Farmer Gathering! We are in the planning stages now and would love to hear from you! 

FOG prides itself on being a resource that suits and serves its agri-community; with this in mind, we have created a survey to help your voice be heard. Let us know what you are looking to learn! Help us plan an event that is right for you! 

Englewood Farmers Market celebrated Eat Local Week
with "Food as Medicine" Event 
 
Fresh Access Bucks Market Partner

The Englewood Farmers Market celebrated Eat Local Week with “ Food As Medicine!"

Guest speakers included representatives from the Sarasota County health department and All Faith’s Food Bank. The event also included a cooking demonstration with Dr. Christina Babiak, a portable earth bucket garden demonstration provided by Dr. Kluson from the IFAS Sarasota County Extension and participation from Englewood Elementary School second graders. 

The Englewood Farmers Market is open every Thursday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. October through May
in 300 Block of Historic W. Dearborn St.

Beet Pate Recipe from Dr. Cristina Babiak

In food processor put 3-4 chopped raw washed beets with 1/4 cup olive oil and pulverize smooth.
Add 1/2-1 cup of shelled ground pecans, walnuts, or sunflower seeds, 2- 3 cloves garlic, 1 tsp sea salt, 1 tsp of dry herbs, 1 whole lemon squeezed plus zest. Process until creamy paste. Use this on salad, roasted vegetables or as dip with chopped jicama chips or crackers. Refrigerate.
Learn more by visiting www.cristinababiakmd.com  
Resources available for
2017 Conservation
Stewardship Program 

The  National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) has published updated resources designed to support farmers considering an application to the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP).

NSAC was instrumental in developing CSP, the nation’s largest working lands conservation program, which supports farmers and ranchers in their efforts to actively manage and expand conservation activities on their agricultural lands.
Farmers Market Coalition extended SNAP EBT Equipment Program  
The Farmers Market Coalition has extended their free SNAP EBT Equipment Program through May 2017!

For participants in the program, FMC will cover the costs of purchasing or renting SNAP EBT equipment and services (set-up costs, monthly service fees) for up to three years.
In the midst of holiday shopping?
Shop AmazonSmile and give to FOG!

The holidays are HERE! Shop online and avoid the crowds and lines! And when you shop
Amazon, click our specialized link here through AmazonSmile and a
portion of your purchase will benefit FOG! 

Register NOW for the 2017 Organic Agriculture Research Symposium

The Organic Agriculture Research Symposium (OFRF) will take place January 25-26, 2017 immediately preceding the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group Conference (SAWG).

The symposium will feature researchers from all disciplines related to organic farming and food systems, and other systems of sustainable agriculture that employ techniques compatible with organic standards. The intent of the symposium is to provide current information to farmers, ranchers, extensionists, educators, agricultural professionals and others intererested in organic agriculture. OFRF is offering a limited number of scholarships as well! 

FOG partners with Sweetwater Organic Coffee Company in Gainesville
FOG and Sweetwater Organic Coffee Company have partnered to share in our commitment to organic and sustainable agriculture through healthy farming options and just food systems.

To commemorate this special project, we are excited to announce the  “ FOG Lifter”, an exclusive blend!  

Stay tuned for details on how you can purchase! Proceeds will benefit FOG’s programs and services! 
Register NOW for the 2017 Southern SAWG Annual Conference!

For more than 25 years, the Southern SAWG Annual Conference January 25-28, 2017 has been providing the practical tools and solutions you need at their annual conference.

It is the must-attend event for those serious about sustainable and organic farming and creating more vibrant community food systems! 

Keynote presenters are Ricardo Salvador, Director of the Food & Environment Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists and K. Rashid Nuri, founder and CEO of The Truly Living Well Center for Natural Urban Agriculture.

  Haile Farmers Market hiring a Market Manager

The Haile Farmers Market in Gainesville is seeking a Market Manager to oversee market operations with a minimum one-year commitment. The Farmers Market Manager will be responsible for all aspects of market operations during the season.

Please review the full job description, and send resume and cover letter to cgmhailemarket@gmail.com.

Out in the Community

Tau Sigma, University of Florida's honor society for transfer students, helps local grower Don with maintenance and restoration on his garden. 
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