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  1. Fort Lauderdale Vegetables

    www.fortlauderdalevegetables.com Fort Lauderdale Vegetables LLC was founded on the principle that local farms and farmers are fundamental to community building, improving the environment, a source of safe reliable food and creating economical living wage careers in sustainable agriculture.

    What We Do

    The primary Operation:
    Decentralized Farm;

    An environmentally and economical sustainable urban farming system that creates a network of secure healthy food sources of naturally grown vegetables, fruits, and eggs, while providing local jobs and vocational training in the sustainable agricultural industry.

    294 votes
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    • ploughshare farm

      www.ploughsharefarm.com Ploughshare Farm has been a proven sucessful CSA model, growing vegetables to over a 1000 people thoughout MN since 2002. Ploughshare Farm also has a mission of helping connect thos that would otherwise be unable to afford organic vegetables. The owner, Gary Brever is the founder of the "Food For Folk Project," an innovative idea that connects local farms with foodshelves thoughout the state of MN. The Food For Folk Project, now headed up by the Emergency Foodshelf Network's, "Harvest for the Hungry Program" enables farmers to get a fair price for their produce while at the same time…

      284 votes
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      • Sweet Water Organics

        Sweet Water Organics is an urban farm in Milwaukee, Wisconsin using aquaponics and other methods to go good clean produce and protein for the community. Set up in an unused crane factory Sweet Water has transformed the space into a living breathing urban farm. More information can be found at www.sweetwater-organic.com

        181 votes
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        • Archi's Acres

          http://www.archisacres.com Archi’s Acres is a small scale Slow Money organic hydroponic farm in Southern California operated by decorated Marine Sergeant Colin Archipley and his wife Karen. The Archipleys created the Veterans Sustainable Agriculture Training program, the first in the country to offer combat veterans training and placement services in sustainable agriculture. With veteran joblessness at 17% - twice the national average – the VSAT program provides a transition to a civilian career of purpose and possibility. The six-week, hands-on, seed to market course also provides combat warriors with a decompressive farm environment, while they learn advanced sustainable agriculture practices. Please…

          138 votes
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          • Lazy Crazy Acres

            Arkville, NY (Catskill Mountains) Local creamery. They use milk from a nearby farm. They raise the heifers that end up providing the milk. They use local ingredients and sell ice cream, gelato and fresh snacks at farmers' markets and a few local stores. www.lazycrazyacres.com

            131 votes
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            • Yellow Tree Farm

              www.YellowTreeFarm.com. Located in St. Louis, Missouri, YellowTree Farm is an urban homestead. We grow produce and raise animals out of our backyard, and forage for fruits, mushrooms, and other edibles around the metro area. Our mission is to demonstrate that people can grow more than just lawns; they can grow food. We strive to be an example of sustainable urban living. With a growing space of less than 1/10 an acre, we have been providing our own food and selling the excess to area restaurants since 2008. This year, with the help of funding from Slow Money's St. Louis…

              87 votes
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              • Passion for Produce

                Passion for Produce is an aquaponics farm and buying club located in Sarasota, Fl. We focus on locally grown produce as much as possible. Everything is grown organically, without the use of pesticides or synthetic fertilizers. Join us on Facebook.

                77 votes
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                • CoffeeCSA.org

                  CoffeeCSA.org is a community supported agriculture model that allows consumers to subscribe to regular deliveries of fresh-roasted coffee from small-scale farmers. CoffeeCSA is a project of Pachamama Coffee, the first global cooperative of coffee farmers, consisting of more than 140,000 small-scale farmer-owners in Peru, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Mexico and Ethiopia. Founded in 2001, Pachamama is the largest farmer-owned co-op based in the US. This authentic connection with consumers is unprecedented in the coffee industry, empowering farmers to differentiate outside of the commodity crop model and deal directly with consumers. All coffees are shade-grown and Fair Trade Certified, hand-roasted in small batches…

                  74 votes
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                  • Feed Denver: Urban Farms & Markets

                    As a Model Urban Farm and Regional Training Center, Feed Denver is dedicated to empowering people to feed and sustain themselves through urban farming by creating local access to food, training, and economic opportunity. We do this by building community-based urban greenhouse farms and markets in disadvantaged communities to improve year-round access to fresh food. Feed Denver also provides training opportunities for youth and adults, and by supporting food production micro-enterprises, all of which impact our local economy while strengthening and securing the food-shed of Metropolitan Denver.

                    61 votes
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                    • Common Ground Organic Farm

                      Common Ground Organic Farm and Veteran Initiative represents a community oriented organic agribusiness, which will emanate from veteran services oriented residential farms located in San Diego and Imperial Counties. Products include fresh and processed organic fruits, vegetables and protein grown by the organization and or through local farm collaborations.
                      The Common Ground mission is to maintain a financially sustainable food production and distribution business and farm infrastructure, with the capacity to provide short-term lodging, permanent employment job/career opportunities and low/no cost organic food distribution to active and veteran servicemembers and their families, and peoples living in federally identified 'Food Deserts'.…

                      60 votes
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                      • Finnriver Farm & Cidery

                        62 Barn Swallow Road Chimacum WA 98325

                        46 votes
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                        • greener partners

                          At Greener Partners, we believe local food is the best kind — where those who eat it feel connection to the soil it's grown in and the people who cultivate it. In imagining a better food system, Greener Partners operates community Farm Hubs as resources for local produce and for education — as well as inspiration — about food and farming. Our farmers grow vegetables, herbs and fruit for our own Farm Market, Community Supported Agriculture members and to sell at area farmers' markets. Our education programs engage kids, both on our farms and in area schools, through programs like…

                          42 votes
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                          • Straus Family Creamery

                            Straus Family Creamery organic consistently provides the highest quality organic milk, yogurt, butter, and ice cream made with minimal processing and wholesome ingredients. In 1994, Founder Albert Straus was the first in the Western U.S. to convert his family‰'s 68-year-old dairy to organic and also started the nation's first 100% organic creamery to process the milk. Soon after, Straus began sourcing milk from a neighboring dairy after working with them on their conversion to be the second organic dairy in the state. SFC now makes products with milk from three family farms within 20 miles of the creamery.

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                            38 votes
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                            • Cape Ann Fresh Catch Community Supported Fishery (CSF)

                              Modeled after Community Supported Agriculture, a CSF provides fresh, locally caught seafood to consumers while ensuring the fishing operations meet not just the triple, but the quadruple bottom line: economy, community, ecology and the food system. Cape Ann Fresh Catch is one of the largest CSFs to date and is operating in the greater Boston area.

                              33 votes
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                              • My Yard Farm

                                This business is a: Edible Landscape Installation that desrves your support because, Connecting urban folks to food through the creation of yard farms. Good guys too. -- this business can be found at: Orlando, FL Henry@MyYardFarm.com http://myyardfarm.com

                                28 votes
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                                • Coyote Creek Farm

                                  First Commercial Organic Feed Mill in Texas! http://www.coyotecreekfarm.org/mill/

                                  22 votes
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                                  • milk thistle Farm

                                    A first-generation family owned and operated organic dairy farm dedicated to applying the principles of Rudolph Steiner to its everyday operations and the care of its 4-legged "assets." In 3 years this small dairy has garnered a number of awards for the quality of its products (just named "best yogurt in NYC" by NY Magazine). This farm exemplifies how sustainable ag can be built on the basis of good land and livestock management yielding a superior brand. -- this business can be found at: Ghent, NY 5185679490 dante@milkthistlefarm.com milkthistlefarm.com
                                    You can find them here: 170 Schmidt Road
                                    Ghent, NY 12075 …

                                    19 votes
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                                    • NH School Food

                                      In addition to feeding the children delicious, real food we are also developing a farm based initiative for our schools. We are developing a 5 acre educational farm, a 30-40 acre production farm and a non profit distribution network to build on the Governor's plan for Regionalization. -- this business can be found at: New Haven 2034100831 Timothy.cipriano@new-haven.k12.ct.us Www.nhps.net

                                      18 votes
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                                      • Garden Goddess

                                        We operate a 12 member, Winter-only, CSA from our unique low-energy greenhouse in Western Minnesota. We have published a book on our methods, the Northlands Winter Greenhouse Manual, which is in its second printing. We travel widely in the US and Canada teaching our methods and spreading our motto- You Can Do More Than You Think You Can. We designed our system from the ground up to be used in urban as well as rural settings. Two cities are planning projects around our technologies. Some of the other businesses in this contest use our methods. See our website at http://www.gardengoddessenterprises.com/

                                        18 votes
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                                        • Clover Dairy

                                          grass fed cows raised by an amazing couple in California. Their products speak for themselves. Absolutely amazing products you can trust.

                                          11 votes
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