On October 27, 2013, Lakeland-based company Inspire Seeds made its first appearance of the season at their local home farmer's market The Lakeland Downtown Farmer's Curb Market. An opportunity for the company to reconnect with old customers and to connect for the first time with new ones, they sold 26 organic seed varieties, many of which are locally harvested, some of which are Florida natives (like blue bonnet rice, seminole pumpkin, and everglades tomato). They also featured organic Fish and Sea Weed Fertilizer, Organic Bat Guano Fertilizer, and Organic Worm Castings. In addition to this, they debuted two new products: Diatemaceous Earth and Ground up tobacco leaf, both for the purpose of naturally repelling pests (which are beset Floridians year round).
I had a chance to speak with their founder, Shane Kennedy, and he desecribed Inspire seeds is an organization whose purpose is to educate people on generating their own organic, plant-based food supply in their own backyard. "I would say that our philosophy is that all learning comes from understanding relationships...That our goal is to promote a proper understanding of the relationships that make up the world around us and our place in it."
He also revealed some exciting projects he has for the company in the near future:
We are currently working with Magnolia Montessouri Academy in their efforts to teach their children about living and working within the ecosystem. We are providing them with an aquaponic system and assisting in starting an organic garden so that the kids can learn how to grow a sustainable harvest organically.
At our farm in Winter Haven we are completing the first installment of our large-scale aquaponics farm project. Our goal at the farm is to produce leafy veggies year round in sunny Central Florida and to be a leader in reducing our communities dependence on leafy veggies trucked in from California (currently 90% of our area's leafy veggies are trucked in from the west coast)(Kennedy)
Kennedy, S. (2013, 27 October). Email interview