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Andy's Favorite Back-to-the-Land Links for
South Florida Homesteaders


Back-to-the-Land & Natural Lifestyle Resources (Misc.)

South Florida Free Beaches
Nudist activism & events. Supporters of Haulover Nude Beach in North Miami Beach (at around 154th St.)

Bamboo Nurseries: Retail (FL)

(Fort Lauderdale, FL)

(Loxahatchee, FL)
A five acre nursery of tropical, clumping only bamboo plants.

(12 miles north of Gainesville, FL)
Craig Hepworth.

Gary Rich, Pinecrest (Miami), FL, site under construction.

(New Smyrna Beach, FL)

Bamboo Sourcery
(Sebastopol, CA)
Incredible selection of 300 species!. Aa family-owned farm, not in Florida, but well worth ordering from via mail-order

Botanical Gardens

Fairchild Tropical Garden
(Coral Gables, Florida)
Acres of gorgeous gardens, including an extensive palm collection, vine pergola, as well as a nice garden/book shop. Tram tours available, annual Ramble/plant sale in November.

Mounts Botanical Garden
Botanical gardens which host a variety of plant sales & workshops.

Environmental Groups

EarthSave: Miami
(Coral Gables, Florida)
Monthly vegan potlucks & lectures.

Sierra Club: Miami Chapter
(Coral Gables, Florida)
Monthly meetings & lectures plus many outsoor activities. Strong local environmental activism.

Save the Manatee Club
Information on how to help save this gentle giant from possible extinction. Founded by Sen. Graham & Jimmy Buffet.

Caribbean Conservation Corporation
Website to help protect sea turtles.

Natural & Solar Home Builders (Florida)

Jersey Devil Builders
(Miami, Florida)
Jim Adamson lives in Dade County, and his buildings are imaginative, well-built and environmentally-respectful.

Florida Solar Energy Center
(near Orlando, Florida)
University of Central Florida's center.

Florida Green Building Coalition
Good website for Florida-specific information

Organic Farms (Central & N. Florida)

Sweetwater Organic Community Farm
(Tampa, Florida)
Non-profit CSA farm.

Barking Frogs Permaculture Center
(Sparr, Florida)
Dan & Cynthia Hemenway give permaculture design courses at their farm.

Organic Farms (South Florida)

Three Sisters Farm
(Florida City, Florida)
Small organic farm which uses only open-pollenated & heirllom organic seeds. Starters for your organic garden include many varieties of tomatoes & peppers.

Glaser Organic Farm
(Miami, Florida)
Organic avocado & vegetable farm which proccesses a fine line of organic, un-cooked delicious food products. Organizers of the Coconut Grove Farmers Market.

Bee Heaven Farm
(Miami, Florida)
Organic avocados & vegetables available through the internet or the Pinecrest Farmers Market (South Dade) in season.

Plant Nurseries

(North Fort Meyers, Florida)
A world hunger organization with a Christian background dedicated to feeding the hungry with edible plants suitable to different parts of the world. A good selection of potted plants & seeds as well as great demostration gardens.

Exotica Rare Fruit Nursery
(Vista, California)
My favorite mail-order source for organically-grown sub-tropical & tropical rare fruit & nut trees.

Garden of Delights Nursery
(Davie, Florida)
A small nursery packed with some very rare fruit & nut tress and other edible plants.

Going Bananas Nursery
(Miami, Florida)
Sellers of over 90 varieties of potted & bare-root banana plants, as well as lychee trees. Excellent customer service & advice.

Hopkins Rare Fruit Nursery
(Fort Lauderdale, Florida)
Good selection of inexpensive potted fruit & nut trees.

Native Habitat Nursery
(Vero Beach, Florida)
Some very rare fruits, herbs, useful & ornamental plants.

Richard Lyon's Nursery
(Miami, Florida)
Extensive nursery includes fruit trees, flowering trees, bamboo, etc.

Zone 10 Nursery
(Miami, Florida)
Nice, broad selection of edible & ornamental plants.

Plant Societies & Organizations

American Bamboo Society: Caribbean Chapter
(Miami, Florida)
Excellent color photos of tropical & sub-tropical bamboos suitable for south Florida gardens, plus mail-ordert sources, booklist, meetings, etc.

Rare Fruit Council International
(Miami, Florida)
The best source for help with growing rare fruits & nuts in Florida

California Rare Fruit Growers
Probhably the best rare fruit growing website in the world!

F.O.G. - Florida Organic Growers
(Gainesville, Florida)
Certification of organic farms & other limited resources.

Rare Fruit & Vegetable Society of Broward County
(Davie, Florida)
Quarterly plant sales featuring potted rare fruit plants at very reasonble prices---sold at their experiment station.

Florida Native Plant Society
(Coral Gables, Florida)
Meetings, lectures, outings, plant sales, etc.

Institute for Regional Conservation
(Miami, Florida)
Very well researched information on the current status of south Florida's native plants and how to re-establish them in your area.




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