We strive to provide a beautiful and fruitful ecosystem filled with a biodiversity of plants and insects. This fosters competition and helps keep insects and plant diseases in check. We also use no till methods to keep our soil alive with bacteria and fungi that create mutually beneficial relationships with plants’ roots and enable veggies to uptake nutrients otherwise unusable to plants in the soil . We grow our fertility in the form of Cover Crops, and watch as nature does all the hard work. We will never use chemicals or GMO's, we just don't see those as options for a sustainable future.
We take growing delicious veggies very seriously and we hope that you can taste a difference!
Permaculture is an agricultural method that fosters ecosystems to be sustainable and self-sufficient. This approach guides us to mimic the patterns and relationships we can find in nature. Here are a few examples of methods:
The focus of permaculture is not on each separate element, but rather on the relationships created among elements, by the way they are placed together; the whole becomes greater than the sum of its parts.
What is a pest anyway?
An insect that is in the wrong place and the wrong time?
We do not use any pesticides on the farm. Chemical or Organic
(Yes, there are organic pesticides)
This means that we do step in fire ants from time to time but we also get to be witness to lady bugs eating aphids, as well as wasps and spiders taking care of hornworms and lacewings.
We use no till methods and tarps to help keep weed pressure down.
We also use mulches, cover crop, and hand weeding.
We see all plants as an important part of our healthy soil ecosystem, and always want to have "roots in the ground".
Plants that are green are better then bare ground, and we often don't weed when it is too wet or too dry. The overall soil health is more important, and roots=life in the soil.
We do not use any GMO seed or plants. We use many heirloom seeds and love to save seeds and share them. We also purchase Organic seeds
(all organic seeds are GMO free).
We use a combination of compost, cover crop, companion planting, and crop rotation to help feed our soil. We allow our field blocks to rest every other year, and plant cover crops that will add organic matter and nutrition back to the soil.
** FYI Fertilizers may not seem as dangerous to our health, but they are detrimental to our Rivers and Watershed health. Here in Florida, Fertilizers are adversely affecting our Indian River each day. Please check out more information at floridatoday.com & planetnatural.com
When dealing with plant diseases we use compost to make teas to strengthen the plants. We rely on the strength of a healthy plant to recover, while we may have to prune back unhealthy parts and compost them.
Farmer Liz is the Owner/Operator of Green Flamingo. While travelling across the USA she fell in love with hiking and farming. She WWOOFed on farms around the country and decided to bring her joy and knowledge back to her community.
Liz loves to work hard, and enjoys being in the outdoors. When she is not farming she loves camping and hiking. She enjoys long distance backpacking and through-hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2016 with her husband, Gary.
World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms, known simply as WWOOF, connects sustainable farmers with willing volunteers. WWOOFers, as they are known, learn about the organic movement and sustainable agriculture while receiving room and board. It is an educational and cultural exchange program where volunteers learn practical farming skills, become part of the organic agriculture movement and experience the heart of American agrarian culture. Host farms and WWOOFers exchange education, culture and sweat to bring forth wholesome agricultural products from organic farms world wide. They encourage all types of WWOOFers and hosts who would like to work together to strengthen sustainable agriculture. For more information visit the WWOOF-USA website: wwoofusa.org/
At Green Flamingo we believe that the way forward in Agriculture is through cooperation and collaboration. It is with this inspiration that we are announcing that one of our employees, Katie Harper, is starting her own small farm business: The Sprout Stand
The Sprout Stand will be specializing in growing those Sunflower Greens that everyone knows and loves and other yummy microgreens. Green Flamingo will be there to support and mentor The Sprout Stand as this business grows in new and fun directions. We look forward to working together to bring healthy healing food to our community for years to come! Please help us support The Sprout Stand, and continue to support Green Flamingo, by visiting us at Farmers’ Market. The Sprout Stand now has their own Tent at Farmers' Market (they are in our spot for the Summer).
We are so proud to be able to support our Farm Family in this way. We hope that this is just the beginning of growth in new and beautiful directions!
Contact Katie at TheSproutStand@gmail.com
Check out this video about our farm!