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Intersection: Fall Harvest In Central Florida

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Paul Tomazin picks daikon radish at his family farm in Volusia County. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE

Paul Tomazin picks daikon radish at his family farm in Volusia County. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE

Fall in Florida means produce.  Vegetables like squash, okra and kale are showing up on restaurant plates and at farmers market stalls.

Intersection visits the Tomazin family farm – which has been supplying Volusia county with vegetables for generations- and talks to ‘barefoot farmers’ Bill and Paul Tomazin.

We also go into the kitchen of DeLand’s Cress restaurant, where and Chef Hari Pulapaka cooks some seasonal bounty… and talks about what farm to table dining really means.

And for city residents who like the idea of vegetable gardening but lack the time- and the green thumb- how about turning your yard over to volunteers?

We talk to an Orlando group that’s combining urban yards and bicycle power under the name Fleet Farming.

Chris Castro, Michele Bumbier and Clayton Louis Ferrara explain how they’re linking up a network of ‘farmlets’ to grow produce in the city.

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Matthew Peddie

About Matthew Peddie

Host of WMFE's Intersection & Assistant News Director

Matthew Peddie grew up in New Zealand and studied journalism at the University of Western Ontario. After graduating with an MA in Journalism he returned to Christchurch, working as a reporter for Radio Live and Radio New Zealand. He’s reported live from the scene of earthquakes, criminal trials and rugby ... Read Full Bio »