Florida Trend
Get FREE Business News Updates


October 9, 2015

2009 Industry Outlook

Agriculture 2009

Weathering the Storm: Agriculture is well-positioned for growth in the year ahead.

Cynthia Barnett | 1/1/2009
A Lesson in Nutrition

Leon County students
Leon County students tend to their school garden.
The local-food movement that helped spark a renaissance of community farmers markets in Florida over the past few years is slowly making its way into the state’s school districts. In Jackson County, public school students get fresh-grown collards all year, and teen agricultural entrepreneurs are being trained to supply produce to area districts as soon as they graduate. Leon County is not only purchasing fruits and vegetables locally, but also starting school gardens and in-class nutrition education throughout the district. The so-called “farm-to-school” programs make sense, says Florida A&M University extension marketing specialist Vonda Richardson, because they make school lunches healthier, help educate kids about nutrition and support small and medium-sized Florida farms. Alachua and Flagler counties have new efforts to buy local produce, Richardson says, and Escambia, Franklin and Duval counties are all in negotiations for local-food contracts.

Tags: North Central, Agriculture

Digital Access

Add digital to your current subscription, purchase a single digital issue, or start a new subscription to Florida Trend.

An overview of the features and articles in this month's issue of Florida Trend.


Florida Business News

Florida Trend Video Pick

What They Do at the UF Space Plants Lab
What They Do at the UF Space Plants Lab

A video about the research that is done by the UF Space Plants Lab. Dr. Ferl and Dr. Paul provide a brief overview of what they do and how the lab contributes to society.

Earlier Videos | Viewpoints@FloridaTrend

Ballot Box

About the proposed open-carry gun law: Are you in favor of allowing Floridians with concealed-handgun permits to openly display their weapons?

  • No
  • Yes

See Results

Ballot Box