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Title: Organic production and marketing newsletter
Series Title: Organic production and marketing newsletter
Physical Description: Serial
Language: English
Creator: Horticultural Sciences Department, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida
Publisher: Horticultural Sciences Department, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida
Place of Publication: Gainesville, Fla.
Publication Date: January 2000
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Volume ID: VID00002
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
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ORGANIC PRODUCTION

AND

MARKETING NEWSLETTER


Editor:
J. J. Ferguson
Extension Horticulturist
Horticultural Sciences Department
University of Florida
PO Box 110690
Gainesville, FL 32611-0690
JJFN(ilIFAS.UFL.EDU

January, 2000

IN THIS ISSUE .....

What is the Organic Farming Listserve?
Florida Organic Certifying Agencies
Florida Organic Food Advisory Council
Organic Grove Care Services
Organic Consulting
Organic Materials
Listing of Florida Organic Growers/Crops
Mark Your Calendar

The Organic Farming Listserve is a way for Florida organic farmers and others interested in organic
farming to communicate with each other, share information and send/receive announcements of general
interest. Essentially it is an email list in which all messages to the listserve address are sent to everyone who
has indicated they wish to be added to the list. Anyone can add/delete themselves to the list and any member
of the list can post messages to the list for everyone else to read.
Hopefully, this listserve can improve statewide communication about organic farming questions, problems
and resources. Give it a try!

How do I subscribe?

To subscribe to the listserve, you must have an email account and access to electronic mail.

1) Log in to your email account and invoke mail.
2) To subscribe to the Organic Farming Listserve mailing list, send an email message to: mailserv@qgnv.ifas.ufl.





edu
3) Type the following message as the message text: sub organic
4) Send the mail message.
5) You will receive an email confirmation of your subscription to the list like this:

The address: iifn@GNV.IFAS.UFL.EDU has been added to the organic mailing list by Jim Ferguson

6) To send a message to the listserve, the address is organic(@qnv.ifas.ufl.edu
7) To remove your email address name from the organic listserve, send the following command:
"unsub organic" to mailserv(@gnv.ifas.ufl.edu


Florida Organic Certifying Agencies

Organic Certifying Agents

The Florida Department of Agriculture licenses agencies ($500.00/year) to act as Organic Certifying Agents
after review by the Organic Food Advisory Council. This list is maintained by the Bureau of Compliance
Monitoring (Contact Van Madden; (850)487-3863; As of 11/8/99 only two agencies were licensed, down from
six in previous years.
The first step in becoming a certified organic grower is to contact one of the below listed agencies for
information about certifying fees and certification standards, which usually are sold as a manual. While there
may be some difference among the standards of different organic certifying agencies, these standards are
generally the same. National Organic standards have been under discussion since the passage of the Organic
Farming and Food Bill in 1990, but no definite date has been set for the completion of this process. If you're
certified by one of the below agencies, you will probably also maintain certification when the national standards
are approved.

Florida Organic and Consumers, Inc.
POB 12311
Gainesville, FI 32604
(352)377-6345
fogoffice(@aol.com
(FOG) has already certified approximately 115 growers in Florida and several in Mexico and Costa Rico.

Organic Crop Improvement Association
1405 South Detroit Street
Bellefontaine, Ohio 43311
(513) 592-4983
http://www.ocia.on.ca/
As of 11/8/99, OCIA said it had no listing of growers it had certified in Florida.

Oregon Tilth
1860 Hawthorne Avenue NE
Suite 200
Salem, OR 97303
Phone: 503-378-0690
Fax: 503-378-0809
http://www.tilth.org/







Florida Organic Food Advisory Council


The Florida Organic Food Advisory Council is scheduled to meet at 9:00 A. M., Friday, January 28, 2000 at
the Division of Plant Industry, 3027 Lake Alfred Road, Winter Haven, Florida 33881-1438.

Organic Grove Care Services

Arapaho Citrus Management, a full service, commercial citrus grove management business, headquarters in
Ft. Pierce, working throughout southern Florida.
Phone: 800-288-8447
Email: pdspyke(@arapahocitrus.com

Additional listing can be added by contacting me at JJFNGNV.IFAS.UFL.EDU

Organic Consulting

Agricultural Resource Management
Mike Ziegler
Agricultural Resource Management, Inc.
P. O. Box 993
Vero Beach, Florida 32961-0993
Phone: 561-569-1598
Fax: 561-569-3207
E-mail: zieglersarm@netscape.net

Established in 1975 and operating in Florida, Agricultural Resources Management offers consulting services in
sustainable agriculture, organic crop production and processing, and integrated pest management; provides
services for transitional and certified farms.

Additional listing can be added by contacting me at JJFN@GNV.IFAS.UFL.EDU

Organic Materials

United Agricultural Services
8721 Casper Avenue
Hudson, FL 34667
Phone: 727-861-7710
Toll Free: 800-476-6674
Fax: 727-861-7103
Email: info(@uas-cropmaster.com
http://www.uas-cropmaster.com

Manufacturers and suppliers of Organic fertilizers, Liquid Fish Emulsion products, Liquid humates, Sugar based
organic chelated Micronutrients, Liquid and soluble seaweed products, Beneficial bacteria and soil fungi


Additional listing can be added by contacting me at JJFN(GNV.IFAS.UFL.EDU






Listing of Florida Organic Growers/Crops


I would like to add a listing of Florida Organic Growers and availability of crops. However, listings of organic
growers are not readily available from organic certifying agencies for proprietary and other reasons. Let me
know if you're interested.

Mark Your Calendar

January 21- 23, 2000. Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (SAWG) the Jekyll Island,
Georgia Convention Center.

Saturday, January 29, 2000, 9-12:30 P.M. Urban Farming Workshop 2000: New Ideas for the 21st Century:
A Workshop for Small Farmers, Urban and Market Gardeners -
Seminole County Extension Auditorium, 250 W. County Home Road, Sanford, FL. Talks on growing
strawberries, cut flowers, butterfly gardens, organic amendments for field and greenhouse crops; tour of
hydroponic production demonstration. $5.00 Registration Fee. Contact Richard Tyson, Seminole County
Extension Service, Phone (407) 665-5554, Email: rvt()qnv.ifas.ufl.edu

March 8-15, 2000. Independent Organic Inspectors Association Meeting, Annual Meeting, Florida Organic
Growers and Consumers Future Farmers of America (FFA) Leadership Training Center near Haines City.

April 1, 2000. Small Farm Conference and Trade Show Volusia County Fair Grounds, Deland, Fl Free and
open to the public. Discussions and demonstrations on beekeeping, organic certification, cut foliage and
flowers, plant tissue culture labs, fruit crops for small farms, small scale timber lots, electric and solar fencing,
rabbit production and marketing, tropical fish farming, livestock marketing, pasture management, trade show
and association meetings. Contact: David Griffis, Phone: 904-822-5778, Email: dtgq()gnv.ifas.ufl.edu




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