Monday, March 26, 2012

Visiting an Organic Educational Farm

Thursday, Abe, T and I ventured out to Monticello to visit the North Florida Community College Green Industries Organic Farm. Claire Mitchell, the heart of the farm, raises organic vegetables, gives short classes and long-term vocational training in sustainable agriculture and organic gardening, and educates the public about local food. We really enjoyed meeting her and seeing the farm - and if you've eaten at Sweet Pea Cafe, Miccosukee Root Cellar, Tupelo Cafe (or other places too numerous to mention), it's likely you've enjoyed some of the produce from the farm.

Claire is especially excited about the vocational training NFCC will offer next school year as it is appropriate for anyone with a ninth-grade education who wants to have hands-on training in all aspects of organic farming, from preparing the soil to getting product to market.

Vegetable garden, mostly lettuces and greens for now. Baby tomatoes, peppers, etc. were in one of the three green houses.

T said, "That's a lot of collards!"

Thanks, Abe, for this picture! (source)
We each came home with a beautiful, delicious head of this lettuce.

Claire also gave us these golden cherry tomato plants. Thank you!! 

NFCC Green Industries Institute
2729 West Washington Street
Monticello, FL 32344

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