Contact Mike Moskos by email. Because this website is run on a volunteer basis, it may take a few days to get back to you.
Submit a calendar event Simply send us a link to your local food or nutrition–related event and we’ll add it our list at no cost. Events must somehow be related to local food or nutrition through food. For example, tastings of nutrient dense or local food are fine, tastings of other food are not. Cooking classes must involve a majority of local ingredients. Your event will automatically sent to subscribers of our events calendar which goes out every Wednesday. Note that we must have a web link to include it on our calendar. If the event is not listed on a website, the easiest way to get it online is to create a free Facebook event page and/or use eventbrite.com
Submit a listing We welcome submissions to the website; most have been found through hundreds of hours of research on our own. There is never a cost to be listed on localfoodsouthflorida.org. If you wish to add your business, community garden, food club, farmers’ market, etc., please send an email. We will need to get all the information you see for similar entries, so the more of that information you provide up front, the quicker the listing can be added.
Photos We’re always looking for new photos to include on this website. We’ll provide a link to a website of your choice, sending users to that website if they click on the photo.
Distribution rights The intent of this website is to enable people to more readily find truly fresh, nutrient–dense foods that are often so difficult to find (because they are typically grown/raised by micro farmers and distributed by micro retailers and food clubs). Therefore, you may use the information on this website (or portions of it) any way you see fit (with or without alteration), with or without credit given. Feel free to copy it wholesale and call it your own; we encourage it.
This is a curated site; we write the listings to follow a standard format to help readers find information easily. Furthermore, we are eliminating adjectives in the entries (i.e., grass–fed beef is becoming beef only). Our goal is help people find sources; your website needs to tell the rest of the story. Our focus is on nutrient–density first, locally–produced (within the Greater Everglades foodshed) second. Our goal is to allow people to find you and let your website/Facebook page tell the complete story. Thus, we reserve the right to exclude those locally produced treats or items utilizing nutrient–weak ingredients. We do not cover restaurants, food trucks, etc. even though they may serve nutrient–dense foods. (No point in replicating the work of so many others.) National chains are fine, but the bulk of the food must be nutrient–dense and most of what is sold locally produced.
’Net etiquette We appreciate the link from your website since this is what pushes localfoodsouth.org up in Google search rankings. This website is of zero value to drive local food purchases if people cannot find it. If you provide a link to localfoodsouthflorida.org:
- Each month, we run an ad on every page of the website which lists the Top 10 websites that send visitors to localfoodsouthflorida.org. Some months, it takes just 5 visitors from your site to get listed in that ad on every page of localfoodsouthflorida.org. It’s a really inexpensive way to advertise.
- If you consistently end up on the Top 10 websites, we add links of up to 3 articles (of your choice) so people can read more about your farm, store, CSA, etc.
Your marketing Because we’ve looked at all of the vendors’ websites listed on this site, we’ve noticed some glaring problems in the vast majority. Your front page should have the most important information your customers need:
- Where and when they can pick up the food you sell.
- Are you selling food that is certified organic, minimal synthetic chemicals, etc? Be as specific as possible using language that leaves no room for doubt.
- Is there anything specific that distinguished you from others selling similar food? Most people will choose someone who is nearby with pickup times that are convenient, but will make time or travel a distance for somethng better or for something their preferred vendor doesn’t offer.
In short, tell them the most important things on your front page and leave the inside pages for explanations.
In addition, you should provide links to nearby local food businesses. It may seem counterintuitive to advertise others for free, but if people cannot locate all the food they need, they end up in the grocery store where it is far too easy to buy something resembling the food you sell.