THE ORGANIC BEET:
The Bi-Monthly E-Newsletter
of Florida Organic Growers
Welcome!

Welcome to the 2018 Jan-Feb issue of the Organic Beet! In this edition we cover Food Safety training and on-farm workshop opportunities for producers, upcoming educational and entertainment events in the Gainesville area, featuring FOG's "Pints for Producers" at Swamphead Brewery on Tuesday, February 27 , and good news from Fresh Access Bucks . We hope you enjoy and share freely!
Grower Resources

QCS is offering a Produce Safety Alliance Grower training on Feb. 20 in Marianna, FL . During this course, QCS will help growers gain a better understanding of on-farm food safety and how they are impacted by the Food Safety Modernization Act. In coming months, QCS will offer several of these classes throughout Florida. Keep up to date by visiting the QCS website and “liking” QCS on Facebook . You can also address questions to Brie Medina .

Quality Certification Services Chief Operating Officer, Dr. Ramkrishnan Balasubramanian, is pleased to be speaking at the South Florida Association for Food Protection Educational Luncheon on February 13 in Miami, FL regarding organic certification and the Food Safety Modernization Act.
Nominate a farm to host an on-farm workshop !
Email Tyler with your suggestions and questions.
2018 Organic Food and Farming Summit
We are looking for farmers and other knowledgeable folks to lend their time and expertise to creating another successful Summit this year. Chosen speakers will be given a full pass to the Summit in August. Email Andi about your workshop ideas or fill out our Speaker Proposal form.
"FOG Lifter" Organic Coffee Now Available from Sweetwater Organic Coffee Co.

Your purchase of these delicious coffee blends (medium and dark roast available), supports a pioneering organic coffee company based in Gainesville, FL, FOG, and Fair Trade!

Order online or at your local supplier of Sweetwater Organic Coffee!
Upcoming Events in Gainesville
February 10 - 16 is "I Love Local Food Week" in Alachua County!
A full schedule of "I Love Local Food Week" events can be found here .

FOG is partnering with the Cone Park Community Garden, Cone Park Library Branch, and UF/IFAS Extension Family Nutrition Program to offer " A Taste of the Garden " at the FOG Learning Garden (2801 E University Ave) on Thursday, 2/15 from 4:30 - 6:30 pm, featuring a garden tour and games, a cooking demonstration with vegetables harvested directly from the garden, a potluck dinner, and recipe exchange. Open to all!
The second annual Gainesville VegFest will be held on Saturday, February 17, 2018 from 10 AM - 5 PM
Visit FOG's table to pick up your raffle tickets for the Florida-grown-Florida-produced gift basket.  Winner to be announced at "Pints for Producers" at Swamp Head on Feb 27! *1 ticket for $5 or *5 for $20!
The Food Justice Study Group will meet February 22, 2018 from 6:30 to 7:30 PM at the Civic Media Center in downtown Gainesville . The meeting is free and open to the public, though FOG encourages anyone willing and able to make a donation to the Civic Media Center

The reading selections for the month include Garrett M. Broad’s More than Just Food: Food Justice and Community Change. We recommend the book to anyone involved in the food justice movement, including activists, journalists, and foundations. 

Questions? Suggestions for a book or documentary to feature? Email us
Enter today for your chance to win an incredible Florida-grown-Florida-produced gift basket featuring products from some amazing Florida farms and businesses valued at over $300! To enter, click "Donate" on FOG's Facebook page , and make sure to add your name and contact information in the address field!
Fresh Access Bucks - $40 Match Extended!
As many Floridians continue to recover from the disastrous impacts of Hurricane Irma, and climate refugees displaced by Hurricane Maria continue to arrive from Puerto Rico, Fresh Access Bucks (FAB) is extending an increased SNAP incentive match at participating farmers markets across Florida through 2018.

For a complete list of participating markets in Florida, please visit: www.freshaccessbucks.com/fab-markets .
Support us as we continue the fight for organic and sustainable agriculture!
We need your support as we continue the fight for organic and sustainable agriculture in Florida and beyond! We have plans to host more on-farm educational workshops, continue to support farmers with training and educational resources, engage the community in organic gardening and social justice initiatives, and more!
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