From our Garden to Table Program Coordinator:
Posted on Thursday, February 25, 2016
A Beautiful Day on an Organic Meat Farm: Circle C Farm
On Monday, February 22nd, our Garden to Table Program Coordinator Briana Marino, visited Circle C Farm in Felda, Florida for the SWFL Small Farmer Network meeting organized by the Collier County UF/IFAS Extension.
This networking meeting provided Briana with opportunities to meet fellow local producers and purveyors who are making our local food systems a reality! Making these connections and getting our Garden to Table Program name ‘out there’ is important for not only local farmer support, but also for the Lorenzo Walker Technical College culinary students that Briana works with as a part of her program. One day these students may own restaurants, or have the opportunity to look into sourcing locally for a kitchen they work in. To have already established connections between our up and coming chefs and local farmers is the first step to creating a sustainable and locally oriented community of restaurants.
One of the latest requests the culinary students asked of Briana, was to find a farm that would be able to demonstrate and explain the animal harvesting process. This trip to Circle C Farm has helped opened the doors to a variety of opportunities to fill the students requests.
About Circle C Farm:
Circle C Farm is a 130 acre diversified farm producing fresh eggs, honey, and a variety of livestock (e.g. chickens, turkey, beef, lamb and pork). The production is all pasture-raised systems and the marketing includes direct sales to local restaurants, online sales, and a community supported agriculture (CSA). Future plans are to build a USDA-certified processing facility in order to provide the highest quality meats for local markets. Currently, Circle C sells their products to the public at their small farm store in Bonita Springs Florida.