If you read my story here you know that the farmers that grow your food are near and dear to my heart. I am the farmer's daughter, sister, granddaughter, and niece, and cousin. I grew up in a farm town and that is where my roots will always be.
I have often said and truly believe that if consumers knew the work it takes to get their food from a seed to the table then saying grace would take on an entirely new meaning. Here at Space Girl Organics I seek to make the lives of the people that feed us just a little bit easier. I take care of the logistics involved with moving food from farm to fork so our farmers can concentrate on what they love- farming.
Below is a list of some of the farmers that feed you.
Aaron Bryson from Bryson family farms grew up on a conventional cattle farm and then went to get him an ed u mooo cation at the University of Florida where he graduated with a bachelor of science degree in agriculture and life sciences. Right out of college he went to work for a large conventional farm but he decided that didn’t work with his life plan. So- he started Bryson Farms, a certified organic vegetable farm in La Belle, FL and now enjoys the challenges and lifestyle of organic farming. He fills his days planning, planting, harvesting, shipping, selling and looking handsome. ;-)
Lady Moon Farms started in 1988 with 5 tillable acres and a dream. A dream that people can really change the world they live in! Tom and wife Chris were recently married city kids with children of their own about to embark on a dream that Tom had since gardening in his parent’s tiny backyard.
They wanted to smell the fresh country air, see the stars fill the darkened night sky, have animals of all sorts for their kids to grow up with and more than anything else grow food themselves. Food that they knew was grown with love and care for the oil and earth. Food that would be free of dangerous chemicals because it never made sense to them why anyone would spray poisons on the food we eat. Food that would allow their children to grow strong and healthy.
Having lived that dream they now dream of filling as many homes as they can with the same lovingly-grown food they raised their family on.
When their daughter Carla was three she used to always spot the moon in the daytime and say “There’s the lady moon.” That is how they got their name!
Mitch Blumenthal acquired a ten-acre organic blueberry farm in 1995. As he tended to his Sarasota crop, he began to explore heirloom row crops, blackberries, and other unusual items. Soon, the ten acres of blueberries had evolved into ten acres of diverse, beautiful crops.
Recent harvests have included okra, snow peas, bull’s blood beets, baby corn, popcorn, persimmons, herbs, and sugarcane. This serene, lush farm nourishes the body and soul.
Jordan Farms, located in Dover, Florida, has been growing certified organic strawberries since 1999 on land that has been in the family for over 75 years. They combined a friend’s experience as a conventional strawberry grower with their own hands-on experience in organic growing to bring the best-tasting organic strawberry to the market. In the last year Jordan Farms has doubled their organic strawberry acreage increasing the availability of their tasty fruit.
The real-life uncle to ten nieces and nephews, Matt McLean ventured into the organic juice business in 1999 with a passion for healthy living as well as a long family history of growing citrus in Florida. Matt’s goal was, and still is, to produce the highest quality juice, using only premium 100% organically-grown fruit that is free from synthetic fertilizers and pesticides.
After graduating from the University of Florida with a degree in Business Administration, Matt went back to his hometown of Clermont, Florida and started a juice brokerage business in 1993. During the next several years he learned valuable lessons about juice flavor and quality. Matt’s clients were located in the US and as far away as Europe and the Middle East.
In 1995, a German customer inquired about importing organic juice. After researching the organic market, Matt discovered a passion for the organic way of life, while rediscovering his family’s philosophy of organic farming. Four years later, Matt launched Uncle Matt’s Organic with 100% not-from-concentrate organic orange juice.
“For me, organic just made the most sense,“ says Matt. “Less toxins to the environment and less toxic residues on the fruit are ultimately what is best for everybody. It really is the way my grandfather and great-grandfather used to grow citrus. Our philosophy is based on building healthy soils that will yield a healthier tree so it can naturally defend itself against disease, not the single factor analysis of today’s Ag world where if you have a pest you find a pesticide!”
Matt’s family expertise dates back four generations to his great-grandfather, Angus Benjamin McLean, who learned firsthand how to grow quality citrus without the help of today’s synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. His son, William Benjamin McLean (“Pappy”), carried on his father’s tradition, honing his growing philosophy, which advocates stewardship of the soil as the means to producing the healthiest, most nutritious crops possible.
Today, Matt –– as CEO of Uncle Matt’s Organic –– carries on his family’s traditions of growing quality citrus. Uncle Matt’s Organic has acquired several citrus groves, which are already yielding some of the fresh fruit squeezed into the company’s delicious orange juices.
“We’re excited to be farming some of our own groves and do what we do best: building healthy soils and healthy trees that will in turn yield the best quality fruit,” says Matt. “We’re ensuring the superior quality of our fruit — hands-on.”
Uncle Matt’s Organic will continue to position itself for the future with a steadfast commitment to healthy living, organic farming, and certainly not least of all, quality fruit and juice. By working with numerous organic growers and combining the latest information on juice quality with family expertise, Uncle Matt’s Organic is a brand name that can be counted on for bringing home the healthiest juice under the sun!
Brick Rooks worked on a blueberry farm as a teenager, enjoying life outside and the responsibility given to him by his boss. Later, while earning his degree in Quantitative Economics at East Carolina University, his former boss predicted that blueberry farming was in Brick’s future, even though he was not attending an agricultural school. Realizing that office life was not for him, Brick did indeed return to the land, starting his own blueberry farm in the town of Whiteville, North Carolina. He and his wife, Jennifer Blackmon Rooks, named it Southern Belle Organics.
The blueberries were initially grown conventionally, but to meet customer demand for organics and with some gentle encouragement from his wife, Brick converted the land to organic practices just a few years after starting. Brick’s farming, marketing, and business background combined with Jennifer’s love of interacting with the customers has led to their quick success.
As a young first generation farmer, Brick is proud to have built his business from the ground up (literally!). A self-proclaimed perfectionist, he oversees all aspects of production (growing, shipping, and packing) on the 60 plus acres of land. Southern Belle Organics currently offers certified organic blueberries from May through September, but Brick hopes to expand to blackberries, strawberries, and other fruits in the future.
From White Oak Pastures...
One Family, One Farm, Five Generations, 150 Years - A Full Circle Return to Sustainable Land Stewardship & Humane Animal Stockmanship
White Oak Pastures is a 150 year old multigenerational family farm that cooperates with nature to produce artisan products. We work hard to ensure that all of our production practices are Fair, Sustainable, and Humane. We never fail to conduct our business in an honorable manner, for the sake of our animals, our land, and our people who produce and consume our goods.and, and our people who produce and consume our goods.