Annual Farm to Fork event! Backyard Chickens; U-Pick Peaches and Blueberries
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Annual Farm to Fork Event!

Mark your calendars for our annual Farm to Fork Event!  On May 17th O-C Grown is hosting a FARM to MARKET event.  Every year we have an event that brings our food from the fields to your plates.  This year we are having a Market with tasting stations.  It will give you a chance to talk to our county's farmers, buy their produce, ask them questions...and taste the products! Circle the date and spread the word!
 If you grow vegetables, fruits, or animals, you're a "farmer" and we'd like to have you  participate in this once a year event with us.  It doesn't matter if you grow on 10 acres or in your backyard, or  if you grow them in a community garden,  a school garden, or in some pots on your patio.  We want to celebrate our local food sources and honor those that dig in the dirt to bring healthy food to our tables.   Contact and we'll walk you through how easy it will be to show off your produce.
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Helping Families in Transition

School teachers and support staff partnered with Westside K-8 and the Osceola Families in Transition program to help local kids create a vegetable and flower garden on April 12. 
Backyard Chicken Lovers
On May 6th at 6pm, Kissimmee City Hall, there will be a chance to speak up for having backyard chickens.  Currently only selected areas are allowed to have poultry on their premises.  Contact John Swift: 407.846.8880 for more information on how to support this worthwhile effort.
Meet our Farmers
The first time I saw Wendy, she was bent over in a cabbage patch working right alongside their farm hands with temps in the 90's.  To say that she and her husband, Chia Kuei are vegetable growers would be an understatement.  These two along with 5 employees handle the organic food production in 30 double wide greenhouses plus 15 acres of planted crops in open soil.  They are both perceptive, savvy in business, and more agile than people half their age.  (They are both in their mid 70's).  Chia started farming with 3000 pigs in Tawian, moved to Los Angeles and made the change to vegetable farming.  In 2009 they started their organic farming operation in St. Cloud and have been prolific growers ever since, producing: bok choy, napa cabbage, luscious green peppers, heirloom tomatoes, green and red cabbages, and a host of other crops that can be found at the O-C Grown Farm Market on Saturdays from 10am-1pm. 
U-Picks are ready for picking! 
Two Osceola County U-Pick Orchards are in full production right now! Both the u-pick peach and blueberry farms are open for business.  
  • Visit Premium Peach's Facebook page for  updates on the peaches and picking times.
  • Chapman's Blueberry Orchard is currently open on Tues/Thursday from 5-8 pm and on Saturdays from 8 am. till dusk.  Visit their Facebook page for current info.
Gather up your little pickers and make it a family day!
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"The proper role of government, however, is that of partner with the farmer - never his master.  By every possible means we must develop and promote that partnership - to the end that agriculture may continue to be a sound, enduring foundation for our economy and that farm living may be a profitable and satisfying experience." 
              ~ DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER
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