FAMU StateWide Small Farm Programs, Wakulla County Extension and Sopchoppy Farms, LLC have worked together to provide an opportunity for the community to participate in a learning tour of an alternative hydroponics farm operation.Hydroponic Greenhouse Farming provides a wide range of opportunities to farm regardless of extremes in local environmentand with the added benefits of extending the seasons.
You will be amazed by this growing technique. There are 600 heirloom tomato plants in a 3500 sq. ft. hydroponics greenhouse growing without any soil. These plants will grow until June of next year, and will reach sizes of over 40 feet.
Imagine local, fresh, delicious tomatoes anytime of the year! Come and see how it can be done during this tour of Sopchoppy Farms, a beautiful hydroponic farm located in Wakulla County. This local small farm specializes in growing some of the best tasting heirloom tomatoes in our area including Cherokee Purple, Brandywine, Gold Medal and German
Speak with Tim to learn how Sopchoppy Farms can help design and build your very own hydroponics greenhouse!
During the tour of the greenhouse, local hydroponic farmers Tim and Pollie will discuss their innovative eco-friendly farm methods and hydroponics design.
Derek Helms from Tallahassee’s EverShine Hydroponics will discuss “Hydroponic philosophy” and “How to establish an organic methods hydroponic operation”. Evershine will also share information about the benefits of hydroponic indoor or outdoor gardening.
You will be able to purchase and plant your winter crop! We will show the most effective method for a productive crop!
The Sopchoppy,Farms Tour will take place on November 18, 2012 from 1:30pm to 4:00pm. Fresh local Sopchoppy Farm heirloom tomatoes will be available for purchase. Local produce, sugar cane stalks, cane syrup and Tupelo honey from the Wakulla County Farmer of the Year (Pollie's nephew) will be for sale.
Come and enjoy.
Sopchoppy Farms, a Hydroponic Farm Tour
DATE: Sunday, November 18, 2012, 1:30pm to 4:00pm
LOCATION: 7953 Smith Creek Road, Sopchoppy, FL 32358
For additional information contact:
FAMU State Wide Small Farm Programs, Jennifer Taylor at 850-599-3546
or Trevor Hylton, UF/FAMU-Wakulla County Extension at 850-926-3921.