2013 Financial Permaculture Workshop

January 21-25, 2013 Miami Dade College Homestead Campus www.financialpermaculture.com

Foodshed farming – invest in the #sustainability of Mother #Earth!

The FPC 13 was transformative for us in forging the tools, design processes, and infrastructure that will allow us to attract, support, and incubate local food enterprises.  The design processes at a meta level, have been developed by Jennifer English and her colleagues at the Financial Permaculture Institute. Our design teams at the FPC 13 [...]

Foodshed Farming pt. 7 – Earth Learning on Earth Day

 

Earth Learning

Earth Learning came about a decade ago with the mission to re-localize our bio-region, The Greater Everglades. A tall order for sure. The first five years were all about creating awareness for and allegiance to this amazingly delicate place in which we live and depend on. The last five [...]

Foodshed Farming, pt 6 – Community Food Works!

In preparation for last year’s 2013 FPC, it became painstakingly clear that we had to recycle Community FoodWorks (CFW), a project that we had created to house our Beginning Farmer training program and the project ventures our Apprentices were using to learn from.

 

CFW became a for-profit LLC corporation, an incubator [...]

Foodshed Farming, pt 5 – Farm-to-LocalFOOD-Hub (“get your greens here!”)

The Food Hub, as a project, emerged out of necessity when we first began running farmers markets several years ago. Part of the geographic, sprawl-based challenge in South Florida is that producers rarely make time (as it requires lots of it) to come out to farmers’ markets. So we began by diligently scoping out producers [...]

Foodshed Farming, pt 4 – Market to Kitchen

The Commercial Kitchen & Café Team was led by Charlie Wilson and Dion Taylor, two very adept and successful local food business entrepreneurs. As they took all the pieces of two related potential ventures in to consideration, their team began a process of evaluating how best to position and operate each, so they would contribute [...]

Foodshed Farming, pt 2 – Putting our learning to work!

….By January of 2013, we had one and one half seasons of growing everything we could possibly grow (of perennial and annual vegetables and some fruit like bananas and papayas), but not selling much. As we entered the design stage of last year’s 2013 Financial Permaculture Convergence (FPC), we were open with our business plan, [...]

Foodshed Farming – A bit of #SoFLA Local Food history

From Projects to Ventures: The Farm Enterprise Ecology

 

Part 1: The Farm at Verde Gardens

The first day I visited the parcels of ecologically degraded former air force base personnel housing covered with Brazilian Pepper and other aggressive invasives, I knew I wanted nothing to do with the Verde Gardens project. [...]