Man in Overalls helps you #GrowYourGroceries!


Man in Overalls' Food Garden Resources
What Can You Grow in a Square
- Square Foot Gardening (in raised beds), spacing, seasonal crops
Food Gardening 101
- The Basics: local planting dates, how to prep beds, plant, water, etc
Pesky Pests and What to Do About Them
- All about pest management; i.e., what to do about bugs
What to Do When It Freezes
-Or, rather, what to do before it freezes to protect your crops
Cover Up that Soil
- Primer on best practices of growing cover crops to manage soil
Community Garden Types
-Outlines 3 major models of community gardens
So You Want to Start a School Garden (Revised 5 2016)
-By Man in Overalls, pub. by FDACS Food Nutrition & Wellness Div.

Man in Overalls Food Gardening Videos
Fresh for Florida Kids Food Garden Youtube Channel
Individual Videos:
-Building Raised Beds
-Garden Planning
-Planting Seeds
-Planting Starts
-Watering Your Garden
-Growing Potatoes
-Growing Tomatoes
-Growing Corn
-Growing Sweet Potatoes
-When the Garden is Done (Transitioning to the next season)
-How to Grow Year Round (in spite of the cold)
-"My Garden, My Plate" USDA Dietary Suggestions
-"Math in the Garden" - Using food gardens as teaching tools

Additional Quick References
Just Fruits and Exotics' Vegetable Planting Guide
- Planting dates, depths, yields, days to harvest, row spacing
Just Fruits and Exotics' "Just the Facts" about N FL Fruit Trees
- Locally adapted fruit trees, berries, grapes, kiwis and more
Native Nurseries' Pest Solutions
- A table that lists pests on one axis and available pest products on the other.
Just Fruits and Exotics' Beneficial Insect Guide
- Most insects are on your team.  How to bring the good ones in.
Cornell's "Home Composting"
- Composting Essentials, How to compost yard waste, food scraps, etc
ATTRA's Ecological Pest Management Database
- Biorational controls for basically every pest known to science

Soil Testing
-Soil, compost, plant tissue, & heavy metal test by UMASS
-pH, P, K, Ca, and Mg testing by UF IFAS.
-Micro nutrient analysis by Fertrell (email soil test request)
-Soil, water, feed, heavy metals, pesticide/ herbicide residues, & food safety by Waters Agricultural Laboratory.

Community Garden Resources
ACGA's Best Practices Website
ACGA's E-Newsletter
City of Tallahassee Community Gardening Program
Man in Overalls Posts concerning Community Gardens

School & Youth Garden Resources
Man in Overalls Blogs:
-How to Start a School Garden: Build a Team
-How to Start a School Garden: Design
Gardening for Grades - free guide from Ag in the Classroom
- how to plan, fund, create and learn with school gardens
Gardening for Nutrition - free school-garden nutrition curriculum
- "sequel" to Gardening for grades. Also correlated to standards.
Florida Dept of Education School Garden Program

Where I get what (in Jacksonville)
Paschal Brothers Hardware (1118 N. Myrtle Ave Jax, (904) 354-3566)
Carolina Lumber (575 Phelps St, (904) 355-4531
Vegetable & herb plants, seeds, & soil amendments:
Standard Feed & Seed* (1236 Kings Rd, (904 355-5575)
Ace Hardware (anywhere in town)
Bluebird Growers (Art Walk, Vegabond, & Jaxon Night Mkts (904) 428-8723)
(* + chickens, feed, and chicken houses)
Fruit Trees:
Flying Dragon Citrus Nursery (3973 Loretta Rd, (904) 880 5026)

Where I get what (in Tallahassee-ish)
Capital City Lumber (2501 Lonnbladh Rd, (850) 385-0315)
J H Dowling (705 W. Madison Street, (850) 222-2616)
Vegetable & herb plants, Seeds, & Soil Amendments:
Gramlings Seed Store (1010 S. Adams Street, (850) 222-4812)
Native Nurseries
Tallahassee Nurseries
Heinz Nurseries
Purple Martin Nurseries
Fruit Trees, Berries and Grape Vines:
Just Fruits and Exotics

I Also occasionally Order Seeds, Tools, Extra Supplies, etc from
Bountiful Gardens
Seed Savers Exchange
Southern Exposure Seed Exchange
Johnny's Select Seeds
A M Leonard

My Top Three "Go-To" Food Gardening Books
1)Down to Earth Gardening Down South (Tallahassee native, Lacy Bullard)
2)How to Grow More Vegetables (John Jevons)
3)Square Foot Gardening (Mel Bartholomew)

My Top Three "Go-To" Small-scale Intensive Farming Books
-The Urban Farmer (Curtis Stone)
-The Market Gardner (Jean Martin Fortier)
-The Lean Farm (Ben Hartman)

Additional Books Worth Checking Out
-Building Soils for Better Crops (Magdoff and Vanes)
-Edible Forest Gardens (Dave Jacke and Eric Toensmeier)
-Introduction to Permaculture (Bill Mollison)
-Permaculture: Principles and Pathways (David Holmgren)
-Rodale's Ultimate Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening (Bradley, Ellis, and Phillips)
-The Organic Manual (Howard Garrett)
-Weedless Gardening (Lee Reich)

For Aspiring Community Food System (Food Movement) Facilitators
On Community Organizing and Facilitating:
The Long Haul (Myles Horton)
     - the best book I've read about building and sustaining social movements
Growing Communities Curriculum (from the ACGA)
    - "How to" on Community Garden Facilitation and Com. Organizing
Ripples from the Zambezi: Passion, Entrepreneurship...
     - Great stories about facilitating vs doing thing "for" others
Change by Design
    - use design-thinking in your efforts to grow a new food system

On Food Policy, Food System Terms and Research:
USDA Regional Food Hub Resource Guide
    - "A Business or organization that manages the aggregation, distribution, and
       marketing... local food to satisfy wholesale, retail, and institutional demand
Eating Here: The Greater Philadelphia Food System Plan
    - Created by the Delaware Valley Reg. Planning Commission
Multnomah (Portland) Food Action Plan
    - "Grow and Thrive 2025 Community Action Plan"

Understanding the Food Movement
"The Food Movement, Rising" (Michael Pollan)
"A Good Food Manifesto" (Will Allen)

Urban Agriculture
CFSC Urban Ag Primer
City Farmer (Urban Ag News Blog)
"Start an Urban Farm" (ATTRA/NCAT publication)
Beginning Farmer's Amazing resource of Urban Ag Links

    - What's happening in Atlanta? What about Detroit?
"Growing Urban Agriculture: Equitable Strategies and Policies..."

To Understand the Current Industrialized Food System
Food, Inc. (movie)
King Corn (movie)
Fresh (the movie)

Addressing race amidst the food system and food movement
"White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack" (Peggy McIntosh)
History of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network
Growing Food and Justice for all Initiative on Race and the Food System

Organizations to Track and/or Join, which offer great conferences
American Community Gardening Association (ACGA)
Growing Power
Seed Savers Exchange

Urban Ag; Micro Ag Educational Opportunities and Resources
Georgia Organics Urban Ag Training (Atlanta, GA)
Growing Growers (Kansas City)
Michigan State University Student Organic Farm
San Diego City College Urban Agriculture Certificate Program
SPIN (Small Plot INtensive) Farming
Grow Biointensive/ Ecology Action
Beginning Farmers Blog
"Start a Farm in the City" (joint effort between ATTRA and NCAT)
Also See SARE publications (below)

Additional Books and Resources on Sustainable Food Production
  Weedless Gardening (Lee Reich)
  The Organic Manual (Howard Garrett)
  How to Grow World Record Tomatoes (Charles Wilber)
  Rodale's Ultimate Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening (Bradley, Ellis, and Phillips)

  Permaculture: Principles and Pathways (David Holmgren)
  Introduction to Permaculture (Bill Mollison)
  Edible Forest Gardens (Dave Jacke and Eric Toensmeier)

  National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service (ATTRA)
  Sustainable Agriculture Research Education (SARE)
SARE Publications-- free to download
  Building Soils for Better Crops (Magdoff and Vanes)
  Managing Cover Crops Profitably
  Manage Insects on Your Farm: A Guide to Ecological Strategies
  Crop Rotation on Organic Farms: A Planning Manual
  Building a Sustainable Business: A Guide to Developing a Business Plan for Farms...
  How to Direct-Market Your Beef
  Land and Power: Sustainable Agriculture and African Americans

Our Very Own Local Food Raising Experts
Duval County Extension Urban Gardening Program
FAMU's CESTA (agricultural extension)
UF's IFAS (agricultural extension)
Farmer Pam at Backyard Farm in Monticello, FL
Damayan Garden Project
Front-Yard Farmer in Niceville, FL

My Agricultural Mentors, Role Models, and Fellow Leaders
-My Granny Wiley
-Will Allen of Growing Power
-Rashid Nuri of Truly Living Well
-Sundiata Ameh-El of Community Compost & iGrow Whatever You Like
-Matt Kokenes of Micro Farm Gardens
-Malik Yakini of Detroit Black Community Food Security Network
-Mary & Wes Riddle of Roots Memphis
-Cera McGinn of Ramble and Root
-Jeremy Lekich of Nashville Foodscapes
-David Newman of Ripe City Farm
-Corey McNair of Yahrootz
-Diallo Sekou of Urban Geoponics
-Eugene Cook of Gebsite Urban Farms
-Shelby Stec of Dog Days Gardens
-Sylvia Powell of Success Gardening

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