Meet Your Farmer: Josie from Fat Beet Farm

It’s time for another round of Meet Your Farmer! This week we are highlighting a farm very near and dear to our hearts and one of their head farmers, Josie.

 
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Fat Beet Farm was started in 2014 on 13 acres of land in Oldsmar, Florida. At their farm, they are rooted in sustainability and have installed solar power, rain collection, two biodigesters, and vermiculture to close the loop. Currently, Fat Beet provides microgreens and produce to local restaurants and our farm store. They grow veggies in a soil-based garden and lettuce hydroponically. Their plans for the future involve a farm-to-table restaurant concept and retail space where they’ll sell local produce and other farm goods.

Josie has been with Fat Beet Farm since the beginning and wears many different hats on the farm but her speciality is running the hydroponics. If you aren’t familiar with hydroponics it is defined as:

Hydroponics: the growing of plants in nutrient solutions with or without an inert medium (such as soil) to provide mechanical support

Josie grows different varieties of lettuce using a Nutrient Film Technique (NFT) system where nutrient-infused water is circulated through channels and distributed to the roots of the plants. Growing hydroponically allows her to control the nutrients the plants need and the environment they are growing in. She is working on designing a system to use food waste processed by the biodigester as fertilizer.

We love how much Fat Beet values sustainability on their farm and are excited to see what the future holds for them! In the meantime, we are going to keep enjoying their delicious veggies and lettuce Josie grows in our farm boxes and store!

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Find Fat Beet Farm:

Instagram: @fatbeetfarm

Facebook: @fatbeetfarm