Edulis Exsto Forcast says low of 35 Saturday, protect your vulnerable plants. Any volunteers to help close and open the greenhouse this winter? Contact Michael.
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Deborah Aldridge I was just posting about that on the Florida Gardening Friends group. I'm working now to make room, and will bring as much as I can indoors.30.10.2014 at 07:07 pm
Gabriela Waschewsky Here's the invitation to the November Earthskills benefit party. DIY water catchment, fermentation demo, trade blanket, more skills sharing... Bring yourSee More instruments and join the jam!
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Michael Adler request for interviewees:

So EPP grows a lot of plants that are popular in various places around the world that are not here. We try to promote useful
See More edible plants that grow well here, and need promotion because many people around here are not familiar with them. Sometimes we meet people from places where our plants are popular, and they're often very happy to become re-acquainted with them. We are looking for such people for interviews for a story on WUFT.

I've been talking with Maleeha with WUFT. She wants to do a story on EPP, and wants to do it from the angle I just described. If this sounds like you, please call or email Maleeha at 850-319-3278 and maleeha.babar@gmail.comSee Less
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Noelle S. Ward I'm in!!!!!13.10.2014 at 09:10 pmMichael Adler cool. Which plants connect you with your cultural traditions?13.10.2014 at 09:26 pmview 5 more commentsNoelle S. Ward Well being a whitebread Florida girl with a heart in the islands, I would say finding sorrel and learning how to grow it and use it and lemongrass for my love of many uses. My cultural traditions probably would not fit into this story but I'm a big fan of EPP!13.10.2014 at 09:40 pm1Lara MacGibbon We appreciate the unique selection EPP offers. My partner, (farm hand at Frog Song) is from Dominica in the Carribean. He has a strong connection to sorrel and caliloo.. plus many others.13.10.2014 at 10:53 pm1Michael Adler Is he interested in contacting the reporter?13.10.2014 at 11:06 pm1Lara MacGibbon Yes, I forwarded her information to him.13.10.2014 at 11:43 pmEdulis Exsto By when? If she wants a good story, it should have notice. This is the first I heard.
Eing and Sam? Maybe also Veronica?14.10.2014 at 01:26 pm
Michael Adler I'm interested in an expensive tool to maintain our orchard. it's currently growing 7' tall weeds, bidens and other things. Once we get more trees inSee More there, it will be more complicated to keep under control, and we've completely failed at it this year. What I think would be the best tool for it is something Stihl calls a "power scythe." It's like a short hedge-trimmer at the end of a weed-whacker-like machine. It's part of their "kombi system", where the engine and attachments are sold separately, so that one engine can operate many kinds of tools. I'm also interested in their pole chainsaw and maybe a string trimmer would be nice. You can also get a small rototiller attachment. To get just the motor and power-scythe attachment is going to be $600. Other brands sell similar tools for cheaper, but I know Stihl makes quality products, and I'm suspicious about the cheap ones. What do you think? Is this a worthwhile investment for us? EPP has plenty of cash right now.See Less05.10.2014 at 10:15 pm
Craig Hepworth How big is the area that needs to be maintained?06.10.2014 at 09:12 amFaith Carr Yes. No qualifiers. Good professional equipment is always worth the extra cost when there is years worth of work ahead. A trial crop or first timer stuff? No. You've been at this long enough to have 'earned' the right to quality tools that will promote quality product. Of couse, that's just my opinion.06.10.2014 at 12:00 pm3view 21 more commentsJohn Harris I haven't seen your property. I do know all the Florida weeds but, unless your06.10.2014 at 01:04 pmJohn Harris talking about two acres or more- I'd hand pull. save the cash for new whatevers- transportation. Just depends a mature weed is like Oct. you'd use the equipment in the month of Oct. right? for a few hours and then you'd be finished for the year....06.10.2014 at 01:06 pm2Michael Adler The orchard area is maybe 1/10 acre. We also have the area around the nursery to maintain and our annual gardens. The orchard is not the sort of area that is kept weed-free. It will have a ground cover that needs mowing, but won't likely be able to fit a mower between things. I did hand-pull a little this year, around some of the plants, but it wasn't enough. It's got 7' tall bidens and sickle-pod and everything is swarming with morning glory and clematis vines. We've got some laurel cherry I'm trying to kill off too. At least I did pull out all the ragweeds. We could hand-pull the tall stuff if we could find anyone who wants to get covered in bidens seeds in the sun every week when it's 100 degrees out. Actually, if we had someone willing to do that, we've got other things I'd prefer them work on. I was just trying to cut some of the morning glories off some crop plants last Sunday and it didn't go well. We need to just keep it mowed so it doesn't get like that.06.10.2014 at 06:18 pm2Michael Adler I do sort of wish I had more work for these tools in order to justify them, at the same time not really wanting more work.06.10.2014 at 06:28 pm1Michael Adler Susan, are you using the adjustable angle hedge trimmer or the power scythe?06.10.2014 at 06:41 pmMichael Adler It seems silly to get such nice expensive tools for such a small amount of work, but on the other hand, the work needs to get done, and without the tools, I cannot envision it getting done. Perhaps once we have the tools, we'll find more things to use them for, but then, I thought the same thing about my chainsaw, and it mostly sits in the shed. I'm still glad I have the chainsaw for the few times I need it. At least we'll need to use this one every week or two during the summer, though I'm still not sure we actually will. Then the capacity to take down larger diameter and woody things will come in handy.06.10.2014 at 06:44 pmCoral Mac Donald I believe I have a ph number of a lady who has one for sale...message me if you are interested in a Scythe... ;)06.10.2014 at 07:28 pmMichael Adler meh. I already bought one and it needs a new handle and a lot of work on the blade. It's also not useful in tight spaces.06.10.2014 at 07:29 pmCoral Mac Donald K...Yeah..my hands are MONSTER from this issue ,as I deal with it in several yards. I FOOLY understand ... Turn the music up & slow cook some chili~06.10.2014 at 07:31 pmRobert Karl Hutchinson To keep these small engines running, you have to use ethanol-free gas (available from a handful of vendors locally) and you must run the carburetor dry at the end of each work day and empty the tank if it will sit more than a month. Every time I don't do this on my Stihl saws, trimmers, etc., they become unreliable at starting/running.06.10.2014 at 07:54 pm1Song Weaver goats are cheap! :)06.10.2014 at 08:01 pmPaul Best Actually goats are kinda pricey right now. Wish they weren't I could use a herd. Plus they need to be wormed all the damned time.06.10.2014 at 08:06 pmMichael Adler goats cannot be instructed on what to eat and what not to.06.10.2014 at 08:07 pm2Coral Mac Donald For the price of a goat... in Alachua Not unapproachable...The keep could prove to be taxing.06.10.2014 at 08:57 pmCoral Mac Donald http://gainesville.craigslist.org/search/sss?query=goats&sort=rel06.10.2014 at 08:57 pmAnnette Gilley Having seen the orchard tangle, I would say go for the good tool to tackle it. It will save you SO much time every year on that area alone, but you will probably find other uses for it as well.06.10.2014 at 10:19 pm2Faith Carr Here's a thought - might raise some moola for EPP too. Maybe offer it's use (with you to operate) for those of us needing that sort of work but in an even smaller way... The Tool Library idea has been kicked up again...07.10.2014 at 07:47 amFaith Carr Is this the main unit you're talking about?:http://www.stihlusa.com/products/multi-task-tools/homeowner-kombisystem/ WITH THIS ATTACHMENT? http://www.stihlusa.com/products/multi-task-tools/accessories/kombisystem-attachments/fhpower/07.10.2014 at 07:50 amMichael Adler yes, that's it. About lending... I don't trust anyone else to use them correctly properly. This isn't a shovel. I'm always seeing people abusing chainsaws, so I don't think I'm going to be lending this to anyone.07.10.2014 at 11:44 pm2Faith Carr Hence the reason a tool lending library ain't gonna happen. I agree with you. Heck I break my own stuff often enough08.10.2014 at 08:37 amDeborah Aldridge I feel like it would be a good investment, since it can use several different attachments for other uses. As the orchard grows, you will surely need the pole saw attachment and the string trimmer may actually keep the weeds from getting out of hand.12.10.2014 at 06:52 am
Maria Minno Saturday is the Earthskills sharefest at The Brew Spot, where there will be workshops on permaculture, edible plants, fermentation, home remedies, historicalSee More handicrafts, and more, plus local bands and performances in the evening.

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Joni Ellis We are having a house concert on Friday at 6 pm with a light dinner and then amazing music by Moors and McCumber from Colorado & Wisconsin. We traveledSee More to Ireland with them recently. Please consider attending, we will have First Magnitude beer, no GMO grain! $20 or best donation you can make. I need folks to show up for this. I want to support this band. Thanks ~ JoniSee Less08.10.2014 at 03:26 pm
Maria Minno This is a description for the food procurement position for the Florida Earthskills Gathering. Please share, and contact Willy TheLosen or Wren if youSee More are interested in the position.

On Friday, October 3, 2014 3:03 PM, Terisa Shoumate (terisa.shoumate@gmail.com) wrote:

Hi, please consider sending this job description to those you know in the Gainesville area who are well connected with local farms (perhaps connected to Farmers Market?) and have an interest in supporting the Florida Earthskills Gathering. Thank you!

Warm Regards,
Wren

Food Purchase and Donation Procurement:
This role begins immediately. Set up orders from farms in advance so they have time to grow the items we would like, raise pigs, etc. Procure donations (research tax deduction possibility) and discounts/best cost for quality produce, from local farmers. Explore possibility of produce from farms in warmer regions of Florida (Tampa area). Also ask local stores/ supermarkets for donations, take notes about donation requirements for next year (Stores may need certain forms or to know in advance). Create a Google doc with info from all potential donors including contact info, contact person’s name, and requirements such as deadlines, etc. Keep detailed notes on how the process unfolds with each potential donor. Take requests from Head Cook/ Kitchen Manager for food items and see that they are procured, and brought to the site pre-event or during event as needed. Compensation $300, free admission and 2 free guests to the 2015 gathering. Must have reliable transportation that can accommodate large coolers and boxes of produce.
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The Edible Plant Project (EPP) is a volunteer-based, 501c3 nonprofit organization working to promote edible landscaping and local food abundance in North Central FL. The goal of the EPP is to create positive alternatives to the unsustainable food system in this country. Gathering Mulberries

2nd Wednesdays, 3-7 pm,  at the Union St. Farmers’ Market booth in Downtown Gainesville. Edible plants, seeds, fruits & more. Most plants are well suited for area and easy to care for.  111 E. University Avenue

Beyond spreading the germplasm of plant varieties, we spread information. Most adoptions come with a comprehensive care sheet.

Subscribe to our Facebook or Yahoo Groups for other opportunities. 

OUR NURSERY
Our nursery is nestled on two organic family farms: Crazy Woman and Siembra. We maintain our nursery for hardy native and exotic vegetables, teas, fruit and nut trees, and our seed bank. We share these with community (either through work trade, barter, or adoption) and welcome your help do so!

Rather than food produced with massive fossil fuel usage in agriculture and transport, with large scale erosion and fertilizer and pesticide run-off, people could be eating food grown locally in yards and landscapes, with little environmental impact or fossil fuel consumption. Rather than food being a packaged, processed commodity, trucked in and purchased at the store, food would once again be something that connects people with nature, with the seasonal cycles of life. Once people realize how easy it is to grow food, there will be many opportunities for giving and sharing the abundance. We invite you to plant fruit trees, and grow and harvest local food to help make Gainesville a beautiful, sustainable place to live.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
We offer free workshops and volunteer work trade at our nursery.  Plant propagation (making new plants) & site maintenance.

CONTACT PAGE, CALENDAR links & SOCIAL GROUPS FOR UPDATES
Volunteer or adopt plants in our urban east-side nursery, nestled on a nature preserve and family-run organic farm.  (Sundays* 2-6 pm). New leaders always welcome to help expand hours

OUR SEEDS
We save our locally-adapted, non-hybrid vegetable varieties year to year. Look for our catalog and seed packets at our market booth or at the Citizens Co-Op.  Every year we improve the crop by selecting seed from the plants which do the best. By sharing and distributing seed, we are largely independent from the seed companies and their nationally-marketed hybrid varieties that often require chemical fertilizers and pesticides for good production. No GMOs here! We also partner and share with Grow Gainesville’s Seed Library. See their site for seed saving tips.

36 comments to Home

  • Devadeva Mirel

    Awesome site. I am moving to Alachua in July…leaving behind my lush 2 acres of fruit trees, bushes and edible flowers in Pennsylvania. I have a jam business (local, natural, human made) and am eager to plant stuff on our property but it will be a while till stuff is producing. I am very interested in hooking up with people…especially the kind who have so many figs they don’t know what to do with them.

  • Teresa

    Hey, wow! What a great idea for an organization! I’m in North Florida–Tallahassee–and continue to be amazed by the variety of foods thrive in our amazing climate. Thanks for putting your ideas out here for the rest of us to be inspired by :).

  • Kathy

    I currently live on close to an acre in Jacksonville. I have several different varieties of (4) orange and (3) grapefruit trees along with two pecan trees. I am interested in learning more about your organization.

  • Meg

    What an awesome project! My husband and I are both really into edible plants. We have a small veggie garden and I’ve been foraging around the neighborhood for edible “weeds” and other wild foods to eat/transplant. My current favorites are dandelions and purslane, both of which seem to have transplanted well in the garden. And recently, my husband made a great batch of wild plum jelly (though I like them fresh, too).

    Hopefully someday we’ll realize our dream of filling both the front and back yard with edible plants.

  • Aki

    I’m so glad I discovered your wonderful site! It’s very inspiring, my husband and I have been wanting to replace our lawns (over here in Oakland, CA) with edible plants and your info will be very useful.

    I have a question re. hibiscus: I’m having a hard time figuring out if I have the edible kind. I have several colors, the type you’d see all over Hawaii, and I keep hoping my red one is edible because it produces so many blossoms – I believe the variety is Hibiscus rosa-sinensis ‘Brilliant’. Does anybody have the answer, as well as some hibiscus recipes?

    Thank you!

  • KACEY55

    I believe your project is just what I am looking for. I am disabled and live on a very limited budget. And very limited room. Food or rather nourishing food has become a high commodity for me. So the alternative is planting and growing my own. Onward and upward.

  • justine

    great idea you made it

  • Adam

    Thanks for the great website!Could anyone point me in the right direction for a listing of ;native edible/wild-growing; plants in the North Florida area?Thanks
    Reply
    -www.eattheweeds.com

  • Debbie

    This is a wonderful site and a wonderful idea! I would love to get involved. I am not one of those people who ignores the bounty around us. I am one of the people who get the crazy looks as I stand by the old school yard picking mulberries, or by the edge of the park picking plums, or on the side of the road picking blackberries…and on and on!!! I am planting what I can, but would really love to do more.

  • Carol Mercer

    Fantastic project!!

    Are you assoicated with – or do you know of other similar organizations (in Florida or beyond).
    Many thanks. Carol

  • patrick ahern

    great idea …central florida plants include numerous fruits, including wild bananna’s(plantains?)-small avacdo trees, besides the numerous citruses that go unpicked for lack of interest — all could be put to better use
    thanks
    pat

  • David

    Anyone know which plants I can eat here in Florida?

  • purewolf386

    I live in Lorain, OH, and I have close to 50 LBS. of rabbit manure, which makes awesome natural fertilizer. I desperately need to get rid of this resorce soon. Anyone interested in it please email me or reply to my post!
    The weeds are huge when they get into this stuff!! So if your looking for county fair sizes for produce then give me a hollar!

  • nick

    Greetings everyone! I stumbled upon this site (literally!) and I have a friend who is starting a non profit called the tallahassee nucleus, which is a urban farming project. The site has a lemon tree, two orange/pecan/ fig/ banana/ lots more!! Any one from the epp wanna have a JAM Ba RII?!! We welcome all types of people into our space and designate slots for workshops to be filled soo email me and lets cross pollunate! We do a seed exchange/ drum circle every thursday and all types of farming so come check us out if your in tallahassee, email me and I will set you up! Peace!
    Whitespectralwind@tmail.com

  • papajamaican

    Hi all, came across some glucose and I’m wondering of doping up a nutrient/ fertilizer brew for vegtables and plants, any pros and cons to this mad scientist endeavour?

  • ChayaMan

    papajamaican – I have no direct experience with adding glucose to fertilizer, but…

    when I plant cuttings, I dip them into HONEY instead of rooting compounds. They sprout faster, and I think it’s partly because of bio-available sugars. So I think using glucose might help things out.

    Also, I think I remember that sugars have anti-bacterial properties.

    The only downside I can think of is digging from sweet-hungry predators like rats and raccoons. Happens every time I plant sugar cane! :(

  • ChayaMan

    Whoops! Sorry – posted in wrong place – . What I *meant* to say is –

    EPP ROCKS!!! :) And I wish I lived near enough to Gainesville to attend your plant sale!

    Favorite places: Trees For Life, TopTropicals, ECHO, and now EPP! Keep up the good work!

  • Tim

    Thanks for the plants today. I can’t wait to watch them grow!

  • Rob

    Great to see people in FL doing great work! Are you still doing plant sales at the downtown farmers markets?

    Rob
    http://wcpermaculture.org

  • Kim

    I’m so glad I found this site. I’ve been looking at other sites all over the US but so glad your in my back yard. I’m in the High Springs/Bell area.

  • Kim

    I’m looking for heirloom seeds. What types do you sell at the plant sells?

  • Peg

    This is so awesome! We are doing the same thing here in Polk county, a little south of you. Lakeland is the main city and is half way between Orlando and Tampa. Our group the Barefoot Gardeners, have a website:
    http://www.thebarefootgardener.org and a yahoo group to learn from each other. We also have a Facebook Page: Barefoot Gardeners Organic Central Florida. We are inspired to get many Food Forests going, and several of us have small organic farms that feed us and others, sharing our extra bounty at the weekly Downtown Lakeland Farmers Curb Market. We have field trips and classes at the Farm strongly encouraging others to grow it themselves.

  • ver

    i have some weed in my backyard wanna start eating some of them but i don’t seems to find out what they are. I live in orange park florida. near jacksonville. anyone know any edible weed reference sites?

  • EPP Michael

    Chia – I didn’t receive any emails, I’m not sure who you tried. I don’t check these posts often. None of the figs growing at our nursery have died from disease, so I find it very hard to believe that’s what happened to yours. Did you keep them well watered? That is the most common problem people experience. Potted plants usually need to be watered every day, sometimes twice, depending on how much foliage the plant has, in relation to the pot size. It is especially important when the weather is warm. Once the soil in a pot has dried, watering once will not re-wet the soil. You usually need to water many times or submerge the pot in water to override the hydrophobic reaction of soil organic matter.

  • George

    Does anyone have experience growing mangos from seed in Gainesville?

    Tung trees?

    Transplanting Catalpas?

  • Brian

    It’s that time, blueberry & grapes are here or here soon.

    Here is a list of area u-picks.
    http://www.pickyourown.org/FLnorth.htm

  • Michael

    I have recently purchased an acre and a half, and the goal is to cover with all kind of fruit and nut trees. My question is this: I have a huge orange tree that is supposedly sour. Is there any way to make it not sour? I hate to waste thousands of oranges. I heard putting lime around the base, is this correct? Any help?

  • Sour oranges were a common rootstock. A hard freeze would sometimes kill the grafted portion of the tree, and the regrowth would come from the rootstock, which would bear sour oranges. You cannot make them turn sweet. You can, however use them like lemons or limes to make delicious pies and orange-ade.

  • I live in Panama City, Fl and would like to plant an edable hedge. At first I planed to plant Elderberries and currants but believe they will not like the full day sun and sandy soil. Blackberries might work but will take a longe time to grow and allow a lot of undergrowth. Any helpful advice would be appreciated.
    Diann

  • I’ve never heard of anyone growing currants in FL. Elderberries will make a very large and thick hedge. They will also sucker out the sides. They like sun, but also like damp soil. Blackberries will likely need trellising, and will be the opposite of elderberries. There won’t be much of a hedge there.

    Other options include blueberries, feijoa (pineapple guava), and pomegranate. You could also built a trellis for a variety of vines, like maypop, muscadine grape, luffa, chayote, etc. A trellised bean rotation between snow peas and speckled lima beans might be nice too. The snow peas will be far smaller than the limas, which can be very aggressive. I think I’ve heard of some other things called scarlett runners, and wing beans, and hyacinth beans which may be vines, but I don’t know much about them. Also, a variety of yams will grow vines up a trellis. You may be able to find wild Dioscorea alata, the less common of the two types of air potato, near your local creeks. They’re labeled as noxious weeds and illegal to sell, but they are quite controlable as long as you don’t plant them on a forest edge or near a creek. They’re also quite good to eat.

  • Charles Brown

    To answer the question from Aki,<!–mep-nl–>yes, a flower from Hibiscus rosa-sinensis is edible.<!–mep-nl–>See:<!–mep-nl–>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hibiscus_rosa-sinensis&lt;!–mep-nl–><!–mep-nl–>Also at the bottom there is a reference to<!–mep-nl–>Hibiscus tea.

  • Charles Brown

    EDIBLE FLOWERS

    One item I have not seen mentioned on Edible Plant Project is Edible Flowers. For more info see: http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/hil/hil-8513.html
    or http://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/garden/07237.html

  • good point charles! the moringa’s flowers are edible – really delicious

  • Jeanne Ridings Delacruz

    Aloha from Hawaii. What a great site. Although you are in Florida, my interest in edible weeds is becoming a way of eating fresh organic veggies from the wild. In Hawaii we do have the spinach tree. Thanks for this site, I try to get to know a lot of edible weeds. Hawaiian healing is all plants. There is also a lot of things here that no one knows of to eat. I am teaching what I know to my children and friends. They kind of snicker. But here's what I do, I cook some of these edible weeds and put some in salads. When they get through eating and telling how tasty my food was, I tell them exactly what they ate. They are surprised. I also do this because of the way the world is now. I can almost barely go to the store for veggies and fruits. Here we share food and fruits, so I do okay. You have a lot of information here. Again mahalo-thanks for this wonderful site. Jeanne ridings delacruz,grannie,70 years old and still going strong.

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