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From the ground up – SRQIST :: SRQ magazine article by Brittany Mattie

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Some girls grow up playing with plastic dolls on the living room floor. Others prefer to play in the dirt with wriggling, crooked creatures. Alexis Robbins, now an adult, calls herself a “worm girl,” in addition to being a lover and herder of cattle. His predilections for all things biotic turned into fun and educational missions at his independent Sarasota farm, Beaucoop, which even recently caught the attention of the Discovery Channel. Her dedication to living an organic lifestyle, dependent on herself and not on big box grocery chains, has made it into a full-time career teaching friends, family and the community. how to use natural resources. If you pass just past I-75, expect to learn all about the importance of vermiculture, vermicomposting, and the use of natural and organic fertilizers in a world that relies heavily on native synthetic pesticides. chemical in most gardens and farms. “Learning to be self-sufficient is so important because of the direction and direction of our food industry,” says Robbins. Long before the pandemic, Robbins was a strong advocate for creating backyard gardens and sustainable sources for food harvesting and waste composting.

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Thus, workshops such as Vermicompostage and Worm Tea & Castings take place every third Sunday of the month at the Beaucoop farm. Participants can learn to “naturally overload their garden to make it look like a GMO, without the GMOs,” says Robbins. Other DIY workshops include Building a Rain Barrel, Building a Chicken Coop, Building a Mealworm Farm, Lacto-Fermentation, Hay Bale Gardening, Painting a Birdhouse, and Show and Story with Endangered Poultry . In addition to attending the dirty workshops, you can now make an appointment at Beaucoop’s newly opened Petting Park to feed, pet and spend time with a Noah’s Ark-like fleet made up of mini donkeys, ponies, mini horses. , rescued rabbits, Nigerian dwarf goats, Kunekune pigs, an old African turtle named Rocky, Khaki Campbell ducks, guinea fowl, baby alligators, a Narragansett turkey, two different species of endangered sheep and many, many chickens. Robbins shares that she is also adding two primitive campsites on the grounds for campers to stay overnight on the farm among Beaucoop’s outdoor residents. If young visitors fall in love with the feathered, giggling locals, the farm offers a four-week hatching program to teach children (and adults) about the miracle of life and endangered poultry breeds. Beaucoop provides all the learning materials and hatching tools to get you started so you can observe the development of the chicks inside the egg and after 21 days. Already hatched and hand raised chicks are also available for adoption. “The only way to know you have truly organic produce and food is to grow your own,” says Robbins. “And the only way to learn is to start from scratch.” SRQ

Ferme Beaucoop, 941-479-2328, [email protected], beaucoopfarm.com, @beaucoop farm

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