Sunday: Farm Tours
On Sunday, September 17th Florida Organic Growers will be kicking off our inaugural Organic Food & Farming Summit with organic food & farm tours! Visitors will make their own way to locations in and around Gainesville for tours & workshops at the operations listed on the right (and described below).
**Some tours overlap and therefore not all tours can be attended on Sunday**
After the farm tours, join us for the trade show mixer for drinks & treats featuring organic beer from Orlando Brewing Co, Florida’s only certified organic brewery. Dozens of exhibitors will be in attendance to show off their wares and speak with you about their organization or business! The mixer is free for all to attend and starts at 6:00 pm at the UF Hilton Conference Center.
11:00 am- 11:45 am Sweetwater Coffee Facility Tour
12:30 pm- 1:15 pm Sweetwater Coffee Facility Tour
12:30 pm- 3:30 pm Swallowtail Farm Implements Workshop
12:30 pm- 2:30 pm Frog Song Organics Grafting Workshop
3:30 pm– 5:00 pm The Family Garden Farm Tour
Frog Song Organics is a year-round, diversified cropping operation located in Hawthorne, Florida. With 43 acres under organic production, Frog Song Organics grows over eighty different types of produce, herbs, fruits and flowers. Their marketing strategies range from online ordering systems and wholesale to weekly CSA and farmers market sales. Join Dr. Xin Zhao of the University of Florida for an on-farm grafting workshop.
Sweetwater Organic Coffee is Gainesville’s only fair trade, certified organic coffee roaster that sources entirely from small-scale coffee farms. The folks at Sweetwater are committed to building community and treating coffee farmers with respect and dignity. As a certified ‘B Corp,’ Sweetwater is not only committed to profitability, but it is also focused on environmental and social responsibility. Tour participants will be guided through a 45-minute tour of the roasting facilities, and will learn about fair trade principles, Sweetwater’s cooperative business model, roasting techniques, sourcing organically and much more.
Swallowtail Farm, located north of Alachua, is a biodynamic farm with 7 acres under production that uses no synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides or other chemicals. With a focus on appropriate scale, conservation of resources, and nature-produced fertility, Swallowtail Farm is a model of sustainability and fine land stewardship.
Swallowtail’s On-farm Implements Workshop will provide a thorough overlook of helpful tools for small to medium-sized farming operations. Whether it be tractors or spades, workshop participants will learn practical skills through tool demonstrations and--as time and number of participants permits--some hands-on learning as well. This interactive and personalized workshop will allow participants to engage with farmers from all over Florida. Get your questions ready because the folks at Swallowtail are ready to answer them!
The Family Garden has been in operation since, 2007. Farmer, Jordan Brown, grows Certified Organic fruits and vegetables and sells both wholesale and direct to consumers at the Alachua County Farmers Market and through a Community Supported Agriculture, or CSA, program. Jordan strives to show people that organic farming can benefit not only the farmer and the consumer, but also the Earth through sustainable approaches to land use, water use, and the use of organic renewable resources. The Family Garden is the only farm in the southeast that is Food Justice Certified through the Agricultural Justice Project.