Agriculture and Farm Report – December 14, 2015

Agriculture and Farm Report – December 14, 2015

Weekly Farm Report

From Friendship Farms & Fare

Week of December 14, 2015

A Community Service To West Pasco’s Urban Agriculture Community


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Seed Savers Exchange

2016 Organic Seeds Now Available

New Port Richey

Seeds from Seed Savers Exchange for the 2016 season are now available through Friendship Farms & Fare and our kiosk sites in New Port Richey and the University of South Florida.  We are pleased to support the work Seed Savers, which is dedicated to preserving heirloom varieties of fruits and vegetables. Unless we use our own saved seeds or ones from other local gardeners, we use SSE seeds exclusively.  Here is a link to Seed Savers Exchange:


You can order seeds directly from Friends Farms & Fare. See the mailing address, below, and send a check for $3.00 for each see pack desired.  Please add $1.00 to cover postage.


Here is a links to Rose’s Bistro:


Fall Seeding and Garden Starts Continue

We started more seeds last week.  Even with the cool spell, temperatures are still running above normal, but it is cool enough to expand the gardens.


Garden Overview

Harvests improved last week.


Most the New South Garden is now planted. We did not do any new plantings, but filled in some of the plants that have perished. We harvested a couple of tomatoes last week, and quite a few small bell peppers.   


Kale is doing much better, but the Swiss Chard is still struggling.  There has been a lot of predation of the Chard.


We started Kale, Swiss Chard, and saved Culantro seeds last week.  We’ll do another round of broccoli this week and more Kale

See the Share Report for all items.  

For all plantings, we use seeds from our collection or heirloom seeds from Seed Savers Exchange (   


Sweet Bell Peppers

Our Carolina Wonders and Charleston Belles continue to produce. These are delicious sweet bell peppers. We’ve not had Bells in significant numbers for a while, but this season is looking pretty good.  Bell peppers will be available only by request this week – and hopefully we’ll have some.


Arugula Doing Very Well

Arugula, is abundant – the big winner so far this fall.  The plants are thriving.  All are healthy and strong.  Shares can request extra quantities if desired.  This arugula is from our own seeds, saved for three generations.


Collards and Kale Making Progress

Collards continue to pick up.  The cooler weather has accelerated their growth. Kale is also doing better.  The heat has been harder on the kale than the collards, so the modest cooling trend has been most helpful for the kale. Small kale offerings can be included in all shares, if requested.



Friendship Farms & Fare Teams Up With Others

For First Organic Food Drive in New Port Richey

Highest Quality Food For Less Fortunate Neighbors

Friendship Farms & Fare join the Green Commerce Association in sponsoring the first organic food drive in New Port Richey. Folks are asked to contribute certified USDA organic food (cans and boxes only) for distribution to low-income, hungry, and otherwise less fortunate folks in the area.


Green Commerce Association is leading a coalition of ecological and community-sustaining organizations to promote this one-of-a-kind project.


This will be a holiday food drive, from November 28 through December 22.   


Drop off locations are being developed. Thus far, we are pleased to report locations at Rose’s Bistro Off Main, Sun Toyota, and Wright’s Nutrients.   Others will soon follow. We will receive only USDA certified organic food in cans or boxes – no produce or perishables


Besides Friendship Farms & Fare, joining Green Commerce Association is Nature Coast Real Food Project, Ecology Florida, East Madison Growers, and Volunteer Way.  Business supporters are Rose’s Bistro Off Main, Sun Toyota, and Wright’s Nutrients.


Judging from the content of many collection containers, too often food shared in support of the less fortunate is low quality, highly processed, perhaps unhealthy, likely genetically modified, and almost never organic.  Why not give the best to those in greatest need?

Why give poor food to folks reaching out for sustenance?  Why not express our care, compassion, and kindness in a thoughtful manner, by taking a just a little time to find high-quality, nutritious organic food to share with those who would most benefit?  Why not, indeed!  

Let’s get together to make an immediate happy change in the way we think about those we help. Let’s share healthy, nutritious, and good food with those reaching out for nourishment. Green Commerce Association asks all members and the general public to join us.


Contributions can be sent to:

Friendship Farms & Fare
PO Box 596
New Port Richey, FL 34656-0596
You can also donate through the Ecology Florida PayPal platform.  See the donate button on the Ecology Florida website: <>

You can also share financial support directly with the Farmer or our volunteers.  All resources received for this event are tax-deductable and will be used exclusively to purchase food for the food drive.



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If you would like to support our mission and individual projects, you may share donations through our website (above) or at our mailing address:

Ecology Florida

PO Box 596

New Port Richey, FL 34656-0596




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