Growing Leaf Crops in the Everglades

Cindy ZimmermanConservation, CTIC, Soil, Video

2014 CTIC Conservation in Action Tour Photo Album

ctic-14-orsenigoPaul Orsenigo has been farming in the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) for nearly 30 years, growing sugarcane and rice as well as a wide variety of leafy vegetables. The operation where he grows several types of lettuce, cilantro, parsley, Chinese cabbage, spinach and more was one of our stops this week on the 2014 CTIC Conservation in Action Tour. It was the only stop on the tour where we got a little rain.

Orsenigo says they use lots of best management practices to preserve the rich muck soils of the Everglades area such as cover crops, fallow flooding, and crop rotation. “It’s a very unique part of the world here in the EAA and we’re working hard to preserve and protect and prolong the productive life of it,” he said.

Watch my interview with Paul here: