What You Will Learn From This Episode: 

Bradley Gardner is a farmer. He has eight acres of farmland in Ocoee, FL right next to Winter Garden, where he grows amazing green beans and a few other delicious foods. He takes pride in what he does and when I met him at my local farmer’s market and asked him if he would be interviewed on my podcast, he instantly agreed. A father of three and dedicated husband, Brad goes the extra mile for his family and his community by supplying the local Winter Garden Farmer’s Market with some of the best produce in Central Florida. In this episode Brad shares the often silent perspective of a farmer, his take on pesticides and a few other items that I have always wanted to ask directly to a guy like him!

Links: 

Gardner’s Fresh Produce on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Gfreshpro

Environmental Working Group (EWG) Website: http://www.ewg.org/about-us

EWG’s Dirty Dozen List: http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/

Items Mentioned In The Podcast: 

  • Less that one half of one percent of jobs today are in agricultural industries
  • All farmers like Brad are required to take pesticide and herbicide courses
  • You have a responsibility to wash your produce when you get home. Tap water works wonders. Don’t believe me? Check THIS video out on using tap water vs expensive veggie wash.
  • From EWG’s website: Do all these pesticides mean I shouldn’t eat fruits and vegetables? Answer: No, eat your fruits and vegetables! The health benefits of a diet rich in fruits and vegetables outweigh the risks of pesticide exposure. Use EWG’s Shopper’s Guide™ to reduce your exposures as much as possible, but eating conventionally grown produce is better than not eating fruits and vegetables at all.
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Cory is a husband, father of three and vegan athlete. His blog, Lean Green DAD™, is a lifestyle blog about food, family and fun that helps passionate people, mostly parents, who have over-scheduled, busy lives maintain a healthy balance of plant-based nutrition, fitness and overall wellness.
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