Knol Stuff

Knowledge is Power!

Agriculture, Fairs and Farmers Markets and How I Have Gardened with Less Land

There is going to be a fair in Tampa off of Highway 301 next week. The Rare Fruit Council is going to have a booth there. From the advertisements on TV lately it seems that the fair has gone more towards entertainment and away from agriculture. There are photos of Vegas-style casino gambling and dancing girls as well as the footage of roller coasters and ferris wheels. I might visit the fair to see if the advertisements are accurate or if there is still a focus on agriculture at the fair.

When I was growing up in North Carolina, the fair had rides and sometimes the circus was there, but a lot of the emphasis was on agriculture. There was a sugar-making display where you could buy a piece of sugarcane, and animals were present because they were being judged, each in their category. I remember cattle, pigs, rabbits, goats, sheep, and even a wildlife exhibit focusing on reptiles intended to educate the public about local species of snakes. There were also the prizes for best cakes, with local restaurants often paying for the rights to cook and serve award-winning cake recipes. We went on a paddle boat ride and sifted dirt trying to find gemstones. I found a piece of amythest in my box of dirt. There were also exhibits featuring produce that farmers grew.

I was used to having access to fresh produce at farmers markets wherever I lived in North Carolina, and I have had more trouble finding fresh vegetables in Florida. True, the city has more than one farmers market. But I went to one, and the food was overipe and seem to be discarded produce from grocery stores. The other one had some local honey, but the only person selling vegetables got them off of the trucks at Plant City at the same time that they were being shipped to the grocery stores. He was not a farmer, and the food was not locally-grown. There was a fruit stand with fresh food nearby, but those folks retired and closed the stand, and they had gone out of town for four months of the year before that. It was frustrating to me that in a state that had so many months of sunshine that people grew little other than citrus.

The nearby organic food store had all of its produce shipped from California to Florida, causing problems with prices and freshness. So I got involved with the Rare Fruit Council after seeing an ad in the paper for persimmons. The people who grew the persimmons that we bought were members of the council. Meeting them and getting involved in the Rare Fruit Council has been a godsend, giving me access to fresh fruit, and new adventures in learning about fruit and eating new varieties of fruit, even if I still have to buy some vegetables that I don't have space grow at the grocery store.

Living in a condo can be frustrating for those of us who like to garden, so that is why I am interested in community gardens and I volunteer at the botanical garden. Even if I don't have space for a plant such as a tree, I will often save seeds or cuttings and propogate the plant to give away to someone who has space for it or to give to a fundraiser. I have planted something almost everywhere I have lived, even if it was nothing more than some bulbs that were sent to me as a flowering gift or a couple of chrysanthemums near some steps leading to a door. I usually lived in places that were not owned by a management company but by individuals, so I often had the right to plant ornamental plants in the ground around the building. I also helped out with gardening at the homes of people who practiced permaculture, and learned a lot that way.

Views: 11

Comment

You need to be a member of Knol Stuff to add comments!

Join Knol Stuff

Share Knol Stuff Please!

Blog Posts

not sure

Posted by Coupon Helper on August 4, 2018 at 8:48pm 0 Comments

cool stuff

Purpose of Skilled Packers in addition to Movers inside Office in addition to Industrial Separation

Posted by Sanjeev Saxena on March 8, 2014 at 1:55am 0 Comments

Shifting company or industrial goods is quite a bit more intricate task from shipping connected with household stuff. It contains many stressful and intricate jobs that lead wonderful stress over the people. These kinds of relocations consist of handling connected with machines in addition to tools, bulky and large furniture, equipments, electronic goods many other such forms of stuffs. For most people it seriously isn't possible to deal with shipping each one of these stuffs with no…

Continue

Moving Home? Get Professional Help to Make it Easy

Posted by Sanjeev Saxena on March 6, 2014 at 6:11am 0 Comments

Moving home? Have you lots of belongings to be packed and shifted? Yes then the process of home shifting can be very daunting and stressful event of your life. There are lots of issues apart from tedious tasks such as packing, loading, transporting, unloading, unpacking and rearranging of items. So what can be done best for making home shifting easy and simple? In my point of view you should get professional help so that you can simplify the process and make it easy and simple. If you truly…

Continue

Moving Home? Get Professional Help to Make it Easy

Posted by Sanjeev Saxena on March 6, 2014 at 6:11am 0 Comments

Moving home? Have you lots of belongings to be packed and shifted? Yes then the process of home shifting can be very daunting and stressful event of your life. There are lots of issues apart from tedious tasks such as packing, loading, transporting, unloading, unpacking and rearranging of items. So what can be done best for making home shifting easy and simple? In my point of view you should get professional help so that you can simplify the process and make it easy and simple. If you truly…

Continue

Moving from one State to another easily

Posted by Sanjeev Saxena on March 5, 2014 at 2:12am 0 Comments

If that you are moving with a new talk about, there's a whole lot which needs to be done. In these cases, it really is good to experience a moving checklist to make sure you possess made every one of the necessary arrangements to your departure. Relocating with a new state is a big stage, so you must preferably start your preparations 2-3 months ahead of time. The explanation being--along using moving, you have to wrap issues up in your current place of residence also. A checklist will let…

Continue

Techniques for Moving Large Furniture Correctly

Posted by Sanjeev Saxena on March 5, 2014 at 2:12am 0 Comments

Looking for a lot of tips pertaining to moving pieces of furniture safely? Scroll down to learn about ways to prevent problems for the furniture and get away from injuries on the body even though moving hefty furniture.

 

If you're moving in to a new condominium, the process of moving and supplying heavy pieces of furniture items is perhaps quite demanding. Even in case you have sought professional help, you must make sure that the household items are usually handled while…

Continue

Tips for Packing as well as Moving

Posted by Sanjeev Saxena on February 26, 2014 at 12:24am 0 Comments

When one is moving into a new household, the likelihood of breaking as well as damaging a thing are excessive. While a lot of may believe that this is the chance that can be taken, we say who's isn't. However, if 1 knows the tips about how to pack as well as move correctly, then there might be no place for mishaps. There are usually professional movers who will help you to shift, packing every thing away carefully to be able to avoid any damage. However, not many companies will make an…

Continue

Methods for Moving along with Relocating

Posted by Sanjeev Saxena on February 26, 2014 at 12:24am 0 Comments

Moving derived from one of house to a different, or a single city to a different could be a very stress filled task by itself. To ensure that everything may be packed effectively, and that it reaches safely inside same condition to another location place, also to then abide by the rest of the moving list, is rather taxing. Though you might have hired packers along with movers for the exact purpose, you will quickly realize yourself continually stressing about whether or not they are handling…

Continue

The Responsibility of Moving Firm

Posted by Sanjeev Saxena on February 22, 2014 at 4:41am 0 Comments

Going in one spot for a yet another can be a challenging and also demanding period. As soon as transferring ones house or office you should encounter quite a few undesirable tiresome and also busy difficulties. There are plenty involving items that ought to be accomplished along the way associated with relocating or maybe switching; for example, taking connected with merchandise, filling, transferring, unloading, unpacking, for example. Most of these chores are tedious and also allow you to…

Continue

Packing and Relocating Services - A Requirement Nowadays

Posted by Sanjeev Saxena on February 22, 2014 at 4:41am 0 Comments

The corporation connected with Packers along with Relocating Solutions inside Delhi supply a wonderful encounter to everyone it is buyers. The explanation for the superb providers offered by these people is actually which they place their particular core into your entire shifting encounter. These people address each and every relocating encounter seeing that his or her for that reason many people placed added work inside the separation proceed.

 

That they be aware that each of…

Continue

Knol Video


Badge

Loading…

© 2019   Created by knolstuff.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service