Microbiology of Foodborne Pathogens and Their Effect on Food Safety
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by Florida Certified Organic Growers & Consumers, INC.
1w ago
  Summary:  In this episode, Dr. Keith Schneider joins Dr. Juan Carlos Rodriguez for a discussion on FSMA’s produce safety rule and microbiology concepts related to food safety.  In this episode, Dr. Keith Schneider discusses microbiology concepts that help farmers better understand how to produce food safely.    Tune in to learn about:   The Produce Safety Rule   Problematic foodborne pathogens   The role of indicator organisms and methods to test for their presence   Preventative controls   Resources:  Learn more about food safety ..read more
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A Deep Dive into the 2024 Organic Food and Farming Summit! 
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by Florida Certified Organic Growers & Consumers, INC.
3w ago
Discover the transformative world of organic agriculture as Andi Emrich, programs manager of Florida Organic Growers, joins our host Lana Chehabeddine, in unraveling the wonders behind the upcoming Organic Food and Farming Summit April 18-19 in Tampa, FL! Andi, brings her unique expertise to the table, guiding us through the Summit's inception and its mission to connect a diverse community. Prepare to be inspired as we give you a sneak peek into the upcoming 2024 Summit, with its two-day agenda packed with farm tours, workshops, and a trade show that highlights the best of local sustainable a ..read more
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Protecting Farmlands, Sustaining Futures: The Greenbelt Law
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by Florida Certified Organic Growers & Consumers, INC.
1M ago
In this podcast episode, Catherine Campbell, PhD, MPH, and Jesse Haskins delve into the impact of the Florida Greenbelt Law on farm property taxes.  Catherine, an Assistant Professor at the University of Florida, shares her expertise in community food systems, emphasizing research for health, sustainability, equity, and resilience. The discussion covers the law's background, implications for stakeholders, and criteria for agricultural classification. Jesse Haskins, principal attorney at J Haskins Law, brings legal insight, drawing on his experience in agriculture and defamation law. The ..read more
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Sustainability on the Rise: Eco-Friendly Baking Tips
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by Florida Certified Organic Growers & Consumers, INC.
2M ago
Join Lana and Joy for a conversation about sustainable baking practices.  Joy, a former pastry chef and current FOG Local Nutrition and Outreach Coordinator, introduces the concept of sustainable baking, emphasizing the importance of minimizing environmental impact, reducing waste, and supporting local communities. Practical tips include embracing sourdough for low-waste baking, optimizing oven efficiency, and adopting eco-friendly ingredient and single-use plastic alternatives.     In this episode, learn about:   - Alternative environmentally friendly flours  - S ..read more
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Weed Management for Organic and Transitional Farmers
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by Florida Certified Organic Growers & Consumers, INC.
3M ago
In this episode, JC and Dr. Carlene Chase explore some of the biggest challenges facing farmers, discuss the potential of organic farming practices to address these issues, and delve into science-based solutions, highlighting the benefits of cover crops.   Dr. Chase is an associate professor at UF with a research focus on weed management, methyl bromide alternatives, and cover crops. She discusses challenges for organic farmers, including the rising cost of fertilizers and climate change, as well as some ways of mitigating those challenges. In particular, you’ll learn about the benefits o ..read more
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Wisdom of the Fields: Organic Transitioning Tips
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by Florida Certified Organic Growers & Consumers, INC.
4M ago
FOG Board Vice President Logan Petrey joins us to discuss the benefits of organic farming practices and The Transition to Organic Partnership Program (TOPP).   Logan Petrey is the Ranch Manager for Grimmway Farms’ organic farm in North Florida, as well as serving as the National Organic Standard Board member. Join us to learn about SE-TOPP, a USDA program that will provide transitioning and existing organic farmers mentoring services, technical assistance, community building, and organic workforce development.      In this episode, learn about:   - The Southeast Transi ..read more
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Navigating the Organic Certification Cost Share Program
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by Florida Certified Organic Growers & Consumers, INC.
4M ago
Join us for a conversation with FOG’s own Andi Emrich about the Organic Certification Cost Share Program and how it helps current and future organic farmers.  In this episode, we are spreading the word about the Organic Certification Cost Share Program (OCCSP). Discover how OCCSP offers financial support to organic farmers, assisting them in obtaining or renewing their organic certification.   In this episode, learn about:  - Who is eligible for the Cost Share program and what can and cannot be reimbursed  - How to apply for reimbursements and how you will receive them  ..read more
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Voices Behind the Smoke: Sugarcane Burning and the Impacts
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by Florida Certified Organic Growers & Consumers, INC.
5M ago
Patrick Ferguson, Senior Organizing Representative for Sierra Club’s Stop Sugar Field Burning Campaign, joins us to discuss the environmental impact of pre-harvest sugar burning.   Beginning in 2015, the Stop the Burn campaign focuses on the environmental and public health consequences of pre-harvest sugar field burning. We will explore the success of green harvesting alternatives, highlighting countries that have embraced this approach. We will also examine the advocacy initiatives undertaken by local leaders, farmers, consumers, and sustainable food advocates.      In thi ..read more
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Sowing Seeds of Collaboration: Empowering Food Systems Practitioners
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by Florida Certified Organic Growers & Consumers, INC.
5M ago
Join us as we dive into the world of food systems and community development with Kim Hines and discover how strategic planning and innovative tools are shaping a more resilient future.    Kim Hines is a Leadership Co-Chair of the North American Food Systems Network with an interest in following national trends in local and regional food systems employment. We will be discussing challenges faced by food systems practitioners, as well as highlighting ACRE and CARAT as tools for creating a more resilient food system.      In this episode, learn about:   - Kim’s background and ..read more
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Creating an Oasis: Eco-Friendly Landscaping Ideas 
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by Florida Certified Organic Growers & Consumers, INC.
6M ago
Join us for an informative discussion with Tom Wichman, an expert on eco-friendly landscaping with nearly 50 years’ experience in the industry.   A self-proclaimed plant nerd, Tom is currently the Assistant Director for the Florida-Friendly Landscaping Program and the statewide coordinator for the Green Industries Best Management Practices Program. Tom is also the radio host for Florida-Friendly Landscaping in a Minute radio show, and he and his team just completed filming season 3 of the television show Flip My Florida Yard. We’ll highlight the importance of eco-friendly landscaping and ..read more
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