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Vegetable of the Week Recipe: Green Beans with Bacon Vinaigrette

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Serving Size: 8

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6 Tools for Your Urban Farm

Starting an urban farm can be very rewarding.  Not only is it relaxing, but it can also give a person a sense of accomplishment by allowing them to provide for their community.  One of the best ways to ensure that the farm is successful is to have all of the correct tools.  Below is another look at some essential tools for all urban farms.  Check out our previous blog post “5 Tools Every Farmer Should Have” to see a few other items that a successful farm should carry.

Tool #1: Loppers – These are tools that are used to cut branches that are ½ inch to 1 inch thick.  Usually, these items are used when pruners aren’t strong enough to do the job.  Additionally, this tool is great for urban gardeners, because it has a long handle which makes it very easy to use with two hands.

Tool #2: Pruning Saw – This perfectly helpful tool is great for dealing with thicker branches.  Additionally, this item can be bought in a “foldable” format, thus making it perfect for storing in smaller areas.

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Introducing the Vegetable of the Week: Green Beans

The Vegetable of the Week is Green Beans so check our Facebook Page and Blog for interesting daily facts and weekly recipes.

Michael Madfis is an experienced agricultural farmer.  With the success of his two farms, Fort Lauderdale Vegetables and Flagler Village, Mr. Madfis has been able to provide the community of Fort Lauderdale with fresh produce since 2009.  To learn more, contact him at farmfortlauderdaleschool.com or via email at farmfortlauderdalespringbreak@gmail.com.

4 Ways to Turn a Garden into a Masterpiece

Gardens are wonderful as they are not only beautiful, but tending to one can be very peaceful and rewarding to a lot of people.  There are many different ways an area can be made into a gorgeous, unique place.  Below are four ideas that can make any yard a masterpiece.

Design Idea #1: Think outside the box – One of the great things about gardens is that they can be made into a unique piece of art that expresses the homeowner’s own brand of style.  Something as easy as a mobile garden, simply add casters to metal trash cans thus creating planters that can be moved with minimum effort, can turn a normal garden into something interesting and fun.

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Vegetable of the Week Recipe: Cheesy Potatoes

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

Serving Size: 18 servings

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4 Marketing Tips For Your Urban Farm

Having a solid marketing plan is a great idea for farmers as it helps ensure that their farm will be a success.  With an appealing campaign these individuals can increase their profits and expand their customer base, while keeping costs low.  Below are 4 tips for successfully marketing an urban farm.

Tip #1: Know your Target Market – Although this tip may seem like a no brainer, it’s amazing how many business owners see this as one of the last steps they need to fully flesh out.  It’s important that when a farmer decides to market their urban farm to the community they put more thought into who their customers will be and/or who they want their customers to be.  Things like are the consumers young, middle-aged or retired, or do women buy more frequently from the farm then men, are important to know as it will help the farmer and/or marketing coordinator figure out the best marketing strategy possible.

Tip #2: A WOW Factor is Very Important – When coming up with the selling proposition for something as unique as an urban farm, it’s important for farmers to understand how their farm is different from the other urban farms, and farmers market.  Additionally, it is important to remember that every unique selling proposition is clear, simple and concise.

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Introducing the Vegetable of the Week: Potatoes

The Vegetable of the Week is Potatoes so check our Facebook Page and Blog for interesting daily facts and weekly recipes.

Michael Madfis is an experienced agricultural farmer.  With the success of his two farms, Fort Lauderdale Vegetables and Flagler Village, Mr. Madfis has been able to provide the community of Fort Lauderdale with fresh produce since 2009.  To learn more, contact him at farmfortlauderdaleschool.com or via email at farmfortlauderdalespringbreak@gmail.com.