FOG's Bi-Monthly E-Newsletter
We Want to See You at the Summit!

Registration for FOG’s upcoming Organic Food & Farming Summit is still open. Join us for farm tours, workshops, presentations, a trade show, and training sessions September 17-19th in Gainesville.

To register for some or all events and find out more information, visit or call 352.727.7146.  

The special summit room rate at the Hilton UF Conference Center will be ending August 24 so book your room soon to take advantage! Call 1.800.445.8667 and reference the group code FOG917 or book online.

See you in September! 

  Visit the Summit Website to Register Today! 

FOG's New Learning Garden Comes to Gainesville

With the coming of a new school year comes new opportunities for growth. To bring closer to fruition the vision of a sustainable food system for the entire Gainesville community, FOG is commencing the operation of an educational garden in partnership with the community garden in Fred Cone Park and the generous support of Lucky’s Market.

Here we hope to immerse students in the wonder of growing their own food and expose them to the life lessons that gardening entails. Children engaged in learning gardens have shown improved performance in school, especially in the field of science. Student gardens have been linked to the establishment of healthier diets and a deeper connection with the environment, thereby addressing chronic issues afflicting youth.

Gardening has also been shown to aid in emotional development that helps youth blossom into successful adults. We hope that the “FOG Learning Garden” will contribute to a robust network of gardens in the neighborhoods of East Gainesville with the support and engagement of community partners like the Greater Duval Community Garden, Eastside High School Institute of Culinary Arts, UF/IFAS Extension Family Nutrition Program, and others. This network will bring greater accessibility to fresh food that is both affordable and familiar to community members. We hope you are as excited as we are to begin this journey, and would appreciate your participation in turning it into reality.

There will be an orientation for interested Alachua County students, age 5 – 12 and their parents/guardians on Monday, August 28th, 6:15 – 7:15 pm in Meeting Room B of the Alachua County Library Headquarters (401 E University Ave, Downtown Gainesville). 

Please contact Tyler at or 352-377-6345 ext. 123 with any inquiries. 

Calling All Market Managers!

The Florida Farmers Market Crop Up is a free, day-long gathering of Florida farmers market managers at Mead Botanical Garden in Winter Park, FL.

Hosted by FOG's Fresh Access Bucks (FAB) program, the Crop Up will offer opportunities for networking, peer learning, and SNAP education for farmers' market managers with all levels of experience from across the state.

Session topics will include branding and marketing, community engagement and inclusivity, financial sustainability, creative ways to enhance your market and support local farmers, and more. Breakfast and lunch will be provided and a limited amount of travel stipends are available. End the day with happy hour and a FAB farmers market tour at nearby Audubon Park Community Market.

Register here!

Funding Available to Support Your Organic Farm! 

Only half of the nation’s qualifying organic operations take advantage of the USDA’s organic certification cost-share program. If you are a USDA certified organic producer or handler in Florida, you may be eligible to be reimbursed for 75% of your certification costs, up to $750 per scope.

To find out more about the program and its qualifications, please visit

To be eligible for reimbursement the operation must have received or renewed organic certification on or between October 1, 2016 and September 30, 2017. The amount of reimbursement is 75% of certification costs (maximum of $750) per scope of activity. Instructions can be found on the application and all questions can be directed to our Cost Share Coordinator at or by calling 352.377.6345 ext. 116.

Please note:  this application must be signed and be postmarked no later than October 31, 2017.

Food Justice Study Group Coming to Gainesville!

For folks in and around beautiful Gainesville, FOG is launching a Food Justice Study Group in October.  Every other month, participants will either read a book or watch a documentary to discuss.  Residents of all ages are invited to attend!

For the first meeting on October 16 at 6:45 PM at the Millhopper Branch Library in Gainesville, the Group will be reading John T. Edge’s The Potlikker Papers: A Food History of the Modern South.  The book starts with the contribution of the South’s cooks and waiters during the Civil Rights era, covers the Back to the Land movement, and concludes with a South where immigrants have shaped the region’s cuisine and culture. 


The book has been widely discussed and we suggest starting with the New York Times’ review from earlier this year. The Alachua County Library does carry the book in both print and electronic forms. Please consider supporting an independent book store if you purchase it! 

“To read “Potlikker” is to understand modern Southern history at a deeper level than you're used to. Not just a history of Southern food; it also stands as a singularly important history of the South itself.” —The Bitter South

Questions? Suggestions for a book or documentary to feature? Email us

Grower Input Needed:
Organic High Tunnel Questionnaire
$25 Gift Card for participating

Researchers and collaborators from University of Florida, University of Georgia, Fort Valley State University, Florida A&M University, USDA-ARS, Georgia Organics and Florida Organic Growers are seeking to gather information about farmers’ research needs to help increase the successful use of high tunnels for organic vegetable production in the Southeast.

The long-term goal of this project is to develop integrated high tunnel systems to promote the growth and expansion of organic vegetable production in the Southeast. This project aims to identify research, education, and extension priority areas that will systematically address the major challenges and key issues with organic high tunnel production and management, targeting long-term environmental and economic sustainability. If you are an organic vegetable producer in the Southeast, and you are interested in contributing to the study, complete a brief questionnaire (available through Qualtrics at the following link: by August 20, 2017. It should take no more than 20 minutes to complete.  Note:  As compensation for participating in our study, you will receive a $25 Amazon E-gift card for completing our questionnaire.


Do you have a question about the study? Please contact Dr. Swisher or Ms. Sattanno for further information:

Marilyn Swisher, Associate Professor

Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences

P.O. Box 110310, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, 32611

Phone: (352) 273-3538



Kaylene Sattanno, Project Assistant

Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences

P.O. Box 110310, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, 32611

Phone: (352) 273-3530


Quality Certification Services

QCS currently offers three kinds of training: FDA Standardized Curriculum, Organization Trainings, and Specialized Trainings.

There are upcoming workshops in Gainesville, Miami, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Dominican Republic.  

Please visit the QCS web site for details! 
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 exciting plans this year to host farmer workshops, an organic food and farming summit and more!