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Vegetable Gardening

03/07/11 Jon Butts
Sustainable Living and Alternative Health
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Our guests on today’s program were all local vegetable gardeners. The farm manager from Sweetwater Organic Farm in west Tampa, Roberto Saenz; owner of Scotty’s Produce in northern Polk County, Jeff Campbell, and bio-intensive northeastern Hillsborough County farmer, Tom Carroll, all joined the show to answer local gardening questions.

Scotty teaches vegetable gardening at his place and will be starting new classes soon. You can find out more at th...

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Supporters ask Hillsborough County to support zoning for Sweetwater Organic Farm listen

02/16/11 Zack Baddorf
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Sweetwater Organic Farm in Tampa was recently issued a code violation for conducting agricultural activities on residentially-zoned property. The non-profit farm has been operating since 1995 and has received an agricultural exemption. Tuesday night, the farm asked Hillsborough County for the property to be rezoned in order to continue their organic farming.

About fifty supporters of the Sweetwater Organic Farm showed up at the zoning hearing and stayed for hours until it was time to pres...

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Organic Animal Farming listen

02/07/11 Sadia Ahmed
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Organic animal farming is becoming more popular. Consumer awareness of some negative health effects of inorganic chickens and eggs is increasing. WMNF’s Sadia Ahmed reports on the differences between organic animal farming and factory farming.

Live Oak resident Denis Stoltzfoos, provides organic meat, milk, and eggs to 200 families in Florida. The owner of Full Circle farm has been in the organic poultry farming business for last 8 years. Organic farming differs greatly from factory far...


Local charity experiencing high volume of need, not donations, ahead of holidays listen

11/24/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Food pantries across the Tampa Bay area are experiencing shortages just ahead of the holiday weekend. One Tampa nonprofit is experiencing a swell of people in need this year, including former donors and volunteers.

The rows of donated non-perishables are set up like grocery store aisles. Here, those who’ve signed up with Metropolitan Ministries’ holiday food program weave their shopping carts throughout rows of cereal, pasta, and canned goods. Katherine from Tampa is poring over boxed ...

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Color Me Vegan listen

11/17/10 Sharyn Beach and Dawn Morgan Elliott
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Colleen Patrick-Goudreau is an animal rights activist and founder of Compassionate Cooks, which raises awareness about animal suffering. She recently published her third cookbook, “Color Me Vegan.” WMNF’s Sharyn Beach and Dawn Morgan Elliott began interviewing Patrick-Goudreau by asking her to define what it means to be vegan.

"In the most technical sense, vegan is distinguished from vegetarian in the sense that vegans don’t consume anything ...


USF students and faculty fast to raise funds for charity listen

11/11/10 Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Go hungry for a day so another won't have to- this was the pledge some USF students and faculty took when they participated to the Fast- A-Thon organized by the Muslim Students Association at USF on November 10. This year, the event raised more than $5,000 for charity. The funds were donated to a local food pantry, a free health care clinic and for flood victims in Pakistan.

No food, no water for 12 hours for a good cause - this was the pledge that student Avan ...

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