Friday, March 9, 2012

Workshops, Funding, & Resources

USDA Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Compass

The Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food (KYF) Compass is a new online resource about USDA's support of local and regional food.  The Compass is an online multi-media narrative with stories, pictures and video about USDA's support for local and regional food systems and an interactive map of USDA-supported local and regional food activities in all 50 states.


Funding Available for Conservation Organic Farming Practices

Due Friday, March 30, 2012

The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is providing financial and technical assistance to growers who implement innovative conservation practices. The program establishes contracts with agricultural producers for up to 10 years to help plan and implement conservation practices. For more information and how to apply, visit here.


Free Organic Certification Workshop

Monday, April 23, 2012

Florida Organic Growers (FOG) is partnering with Green Industries Institute at the North Florida Community College to offer a free organic certification workshop on April 23, from 8:30 am to 2:00 pm. The workshop will provide practical information and advice about the organic certification process, its requirements, opportunities and benefits; and how the organic regulations translate into organic practices in the field. The workshop is designed for current and prospective farmers, as well as service providers who are interested in learning and sharing about the organic certification process. Space is limited and registration is required. See the attached forms for details.


Resource: Green for Greens: Finding Public Funding for Healthy Food Retail

This new resource comes from the National Policy & Legal Analysis Network to Prevent Childhood Obesity, Public Health and Law Policy. It provides information about how to find resources at the local, state, and federal level to assist with economic development through food retailing. It is a great resource for community based organizations, economic development councils, and other local government. Check it out here.


Resource: The Potential for Urban Agriculture in New York City: Growing Capacity, Food Security, and Green Infrastructure

Interested in urban agriculture? You may find this study from the Urban Design Lab at the Earth Institute at Columbia University of interest. This study is a comprehensive assessment of the potential for urban agriculture in New York City. They specifically look at the capacity of NYC for urban crop production and the potential benefits of urban agriculture. Some of their findings may be applicable to areas here in Florida. Take a look.



Florida SARE has worked hard over the past year to improve our communication through the listserv. We also launched a brand new website in September.

Now we want to hear from you about how we are doing.


We have created a short survey that will help us determine what’s been working and where we still need some improvement. Please take 5 minutes to provide your input. The survey is attached as a word document, or you can access it online at:


Thank you in advance for your time.




Kelly Monaghan

Program Assistant

Florida SARE Program


3031 Mc Carty Hall D

PO Box 110310

Gainesville, FL 32611-0310


352.392.8196 Fax


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