As our Edible Palm Beach readership knows, locals have been planting madly since August, from farms large and small, to community and home gardens. Preparing the soil, planting the seeds, providing nourishment, and protecting seedlings from pesky critters are all part of the adventure that will yield an edible bounty in a few months. Just in case you’ve been busy and haven’t started your garden, please check out this issue’s Last Bite, where Edible Communities illustrator Bambi Edlund shares her primer for seeding your garden. It’s not too late!
Growing our local food economy is our core mission, and this issue off ers some information and inspiration in that regard from a few perspectives. Approximately 85 percent of Florida’s fruits and vegetables are grown for export, so growing for local consumption is a bit new for us: A local-food movement, while well entrenched in California, the Midwest, and the Northeast, is really just getting started here. Our cover photo showcases Darrin and Jodi Swank, a husband-and-wife team at the vanguard of getting locals to visit their farm to experience local growing in action.
Check out our Edible Notables section for the 2014-2015 Swank Table schedule and sign up to enjoy one or more of these glorious December-April events that share the best in South Florida food and culinary talent right there at the farm. Please note that the cover photo image joining 1930s Palm Beach County cabbage farmers and the Swanks with their 2014 crop was the brainchild of local cookbook author Judith Olney. The 1930s photo is courtesy of The Historical Society of Palm Beach County, and local photographer Francesca Coviello captured the Swanks with the photograph of their forebears. Olney’s documentary, Swank Farm, is scheduled for release in April 2015.
Our work at Edible Palm Beach includes helping farmers, fishers, chefs, and food artisans turn their passions into profitable businesses. To that end, we’re sharing an article in this issue that comes from a sister Edible Communities magazine in Colorado, Edible Front Range. This Slow Money feature is an interview with the visionary Woody Tasch, a venture capitalist and passionate local food champion, in which Tasch shares his knowledge and experience with the multi-level return-oninvestment that comes from people investing in local-food-related businesses.
Here’s to planting some seeds and seeing great things grow — whether in your own personal garden or in our communities through local “economic gardening.”
Eat. Drink. Read. Think. Local.
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