Farm Update | All about the Strawberries | Festival | Florida Radiance | Camarosa | Fish Tank Heaters | Harvest Baskets

VertiGro installation is nearing the end as all the drip irrigation was added. Next come the misters for heating and the hoop house structure.

Vertigro Drip Installation

Vertigro Drip Installation

Drip Installation

Drip Installation

Vertigro Drip Install

Vertigro Drip Install

 

Radiance Strawberries

Florida Radiance Strawberries

Festival Strawberry

Festival Strawberry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Strawberries are loving the cooler weather.

All 560 strawberry plants seem to have taken. Planted 3 varieties – Camarosa, Festival and Florida Radiance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The tilapia are happy again. We had to add fish tank heaters and heavy exterior tank insulation this week as the water temps started dropping after two nights in a row in the 40s and a day in between with little or no sunshine to warm ambient air up past 58F. They enjoyed the brief sunshine during the day once we hit the 70s again, but will be covered and wrapped each night below 50F.

Red Nile Tilapia with Heater

Red Nile Tilapia with Heater

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 Farmer’s Market at Pelican Preserve was a bit chilly this week, but there were the faithful who braved the cold for their healthy produce.

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These are our two Organic Harvest Baskets for this week.  The one on the left is a $25 Organic Harvest Basket, which includes 2 lettuces, corn, green beans, rainbow carrots, apples, shallots, potatoes, radish and a choice of cranberries, pie pumpkin or roma tomatoes.  The one on the right is a $20 Organic Harvest Basket, which includes 2 lettuces, corn, green beans, rainbow carrots, apples, shallots, and potatoes. To sign up for the Buying Club, click here and to buy either one click here.

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Farm Update | Fresh Eggs | Fish Tank Cleaning Day

Farm Fresh Eggs

GreenView Aquaponics  Farm Fresh Eggs               in green, blue and brown


 

African Nightcrawler Worms

African Nightcrawler Worms crawled up during transplanting the peppers.


 

Blue Tilapia Tank Cleaning Day

Blue Tilapia on Fish Tank Cleaning Day or as we affectionately call it Maintenance Monday

 

Red Tilapia

Red Tilapia on Fish Tank Cleaning Day

Farm Update | Day in the life of a farmer

Check on the honey bees. Rained the past three days. They are VERY happy it is sunny again.

Check on the honey bees. Rained the past three days. They are VERY happy it is sunny again as they try to dry out their hives.

Harvest celery and three kinds of basil

Harvest Celery and three kinds of Basil – genovese, citrus and dark opal – lots and lots! May have to dry some for the upcoming markets.

Plant more lettuce to start the fall rotations. Just waiting for the cooler weather!

Plant four kinds of lettuce and some other heirlooms to start the fall rotations. Just waiting for the cooler weather!

 


 

Feed and water the chickens, then collect the eggs. Beautiful!

Feed & water the chickens, then collect eggs.  What beautiful colors – brown, blue, and green eggs!

 


 

Feed the hungry blue nile tilapia

Feed the hungry blue nile tilapia and check the water by testing it’s parameters.

Feed the hungry red nile tilapia

Feed the red nile tilapia, check the water flow rate and time the auto siphon.

 


 

Watch the Black Soldier Fly lay her eggs for the next explosion of larvae in the biocomposter

Watch the Black Soldier Fly lay her eggs for the next explosion of larvae in the biocomposter

Farm Update | First Tilapia Fry and Chicken Antics

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The first blue nile tilapia fry and it’s really, really hard to see…basically all you can see even at full zoom is the eyes.

The holes in the basket are smaller than my little finger to give an idea of scale and the fry is in the middle of each pic at the bottom of the hole in the basket.IMG_5584

 


Chicken antics in the nest boxes.

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Look out here I come!

 

 

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Close the door, there’s a draft in here!

 

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Mote Marine Aquaculture Field Station | Sarasota FL

Mote Marine is doing some fascinating things to help in the saltwater world.  We got a behind the scenes tour of their Aquaculture Field Station, where they have a very large recirculating salt water research facility, including saltwater greenhouses. A Siberian sturgeon farm to hatch eggs and then grow out the sturgeon as well as a processing plant for caviar and sturgeon.

Their Broodstock research and facilities are helping to reintroduce snook, red drum, and pompano back into the Gulf of Mexico to help re-establish some of the dwindling populations. The winter of 2010 was particularly cold and started a mass fish kill (see video below), not to mention the BP Oil spill in the same year.  Thank you Carol for the tour of this part of the research facility.

Mote Marine Field Station Tour Broodstock Research Facility

Broodstock Research Saltwater Facility Tour   Thanks Carol!

Mote Marine Field Station Tour

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Mote Marine Broodstock FacilityMote Marine Broodstock Facility

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Dr. Kevan Main took over for the saltwater greenhouse and the sturgeon facilities. Very impressive!

Mote Marine Saltwater Greenhouse

Dr Kevan Main at Saltwater Greenhouse

Mote Marine Saltwater Greenhouse

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And then came the sturgeon hatchling room and lots of grow out tanks – Wow!

And then came the sturgeon facilities!  

Mote Marine Sturgeon Facility

Mote Marine Sturgeon Facility

 

 

 

 

Here’s how you can help Mote!

Video for more on the 2010 Fish Kill in Florida