The Duval Soil and Water Conservation District was proud to host our 5th annual Start Farming Panel Discussion and Market on December 1st at the Duval County Agricultural Extension Office. Each year the event features panelists of local farmers and agency representatives that educate the community on ways in which they can get involved in farming. This year the panel discussion included Charles Goodin of Johnny Appleseed Organic, Mika Hardison of The Herban Bee, Kimberly Ruessler of Lola Farms and Dr. Stephen Jennewein who is the UF/IFAS Small Farms Extension Agent.
We also heard from participants in our Start Farming Mentorship program and celebrated their accomplishments this year. The event also featured a holiday market where attendees were able to purchase locally grown produce and plants as well as holiday gift items from local makers and artisans. Guests enjoyed an amazing dinner from Chancho King which featured locally-sourced ingredients from Lola Farms and dessert from The Spoonful Bakery.
Thank you to our presenting sponsor Cascade Outdoor Design and to our supporting sponsors including NativeJax, Apple Rabbit Compost, Edible Northeast Florida, Riverside Arts Market, and the St. Johns County Soil and Water Conservation District. This event is offered annually as a free service to our citizens and our agricultural community thanks to our generous sponsors!