Georgia Farm to Table Source Show Expected to Set Records

Kelsey Fry Berries, Leafy Vegetables, Produce, Top Posts

Before becoming the farm to school coordinator for the Georgia Department of Agriculture, Misty Friedman was a school nutrition director. There, she saw the need to bring school nutrition directors in direct contact with local vendors to supply a reliable Georgia-grown meal to students. Thus, the Farm to Table Source Show was born three years ago. Now, Friedman works closely …

Rapid Cooling and Temperature Management

Abbey Taylor Berries, Leafy Vegetables, Peaches, Top Posts

Steven Sargent, a postharvest specialist and professor at the University of Florida, recently spoke on the importance of rapid cooling of leafy vegetables, such as lettuce and basil, after harvest. He also discussed his research on temperature management of Florida blueberries and peaches. Sargent discussed two methods of rapid cooling in order to quickly prepare a crop to be sold. …

The Benefits of Growing Spinach in High Tunnels

Kelsey Fry Leafy Vegetables, Research, Top Posts, Vegetables

Florida growers utilizing protected culture, including high tunnels and open shade structures, have the ability to extend the in-ground season for spinach planting and harvesting times. According to an “Evaluation of Five Spinach Cultivars in Soilless Culture Under High Tunnel versus Open Shade Structures,” a research study funded from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Specialty Crop Block …

New Year’s Resolution: Learn About Hydroponics and Protected Agriculture

Kelsey Fry Leafy Vegetables, Research, Top Posts, Vegetables

With the new year here, the Small Farms Academy has already planned several great events for its “Hydroponic and Protected Ag” series. The series is led by the Suwannee Valley Agricultural Extension Center (SVAEC) in affiliation with the University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension program. The mission of the Small Farms Academy is to provide exceptional, hands-on …

Rapid Cooling Techniques for Longer Shelf Life in Produce

Kelsey Fry Leafy Vegetables, Research, Top Posts, Uncategorized

For small farmers, delivering fresh, high-quality produce to markets can be quite a challenge. So many factors involved with harvesting, handling, packaging, transportation and storage are the reasons that some operations cease to expand sales. Temperature, especially in Florida, is a major challenge that growers face. Steve Sargent, post-harvest Extension specialist in the horticultural sciences department at the University of …

Up Close with UF/IFAS Leafy Greens Research

Kelsey Fry Leafy Vegetables, Research, Top Posts

From Asian greens to swiss chard, the Hydroponic Leafy Greens Field Day covered research on a variety of greens. The December 13 event was held at the Suwannee Valley Agricultural Center in Live Oak, Florida. It was the last event of the year for the University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Small Farms Academy. UF/IFAS researchers covered …

Growers Invited to Hastings Cole Crops Field Day      

Abbey Taylor Leafy Vegetables, Research, Top Posts

Coming up on November 30 is the Cabbage Cole Crops Field Day, located at the Cowpen Branch Research Farm in Hastings, Florida. University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension agents and industry professionals will be covering a variety of topics — from nutrient and pest management to alternative cropping. Crops covered will include cabbage, potatoes and other cole …