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Dave Chapman and dozens of other long-time organic farmers packed a meeting of the National Organic Standards board in Jacksonville.

Florida 3rd Congressional district candidate Democrat Ken McGurn joined host Melissa Ross to discuss his race against incumbent Republican Ted Yoho. As part of our regular Going Green segment, we spoke with Hastings farmer Danny Johns of Blue Sky Famers, as well as Dr. Shahriar Nabizadeh about organic and traditional farming in honor Wednesday of National Farmers Day.

With October being World Blindness Awareness Month, we spoke with WJCT Morning Edition host and Radio Reading Service manager Michelle Corum and Doug Hansard, the President of the Jacksonville Council of the Blind. We also met award winning animation director H. Lee Peterson, who is in town to speak to students at the University of North Florida. He was joined by local filmmaker Jerry Smith of PineRidge Film and Television.  


Pesticide Drift Threatens Organic Farms

Aug 2, 2015

Chert Hollow Farm sits nestled between rows of tall trees and a nearby stream in central Missouri. Eric and Joanna Reuter have been running the organic farm since 2006. That means they don't plant genetically modified crops and can only use a few approved kinds of chemicals and fertilizers.

"We've traditionally raised about an acre and a half of pretty intensively managed produce, so it's a very productive acre and a half," Eric Reuter says.

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  There's a roadside stand in Putnam County that's known not just for its orange-blossom honey but for the way it operates: It runs on the honor system, and has for almost 70 years. 

It's just a stone's throw southeast of Palatka — in a bend alongside State Route 100 under a bunch of oak trees.  You could be forgiven for missing David C. Biggers' legendary roadside stand "Honor System Honey,"  but not by Biggers himself.

"If you live in this county and you don't know where the honey stand is, you just moved here," he said. "Everybody knows where it's at."