Garcia Family Farm is involved in multiple activities to benefit water quality and water conservation. We are currently participating with a third-party entity to construct and employ Floating Vegetative Tilling (FAVT) technology at a site located on our property. The technology, which has been implemented in other areas of Florida, cost effectively reduces phosphorous (P) and nitrogen (N) through the treatment of waters.
The FAVT uses floating plants to absorb nutrients. The mature plant material is then tilled into the soil. The process uses a submerged aquatic vegetation step before discharging the treated water.
On our property, we maintain the largest privately-operated water management system in South Florida and actively engage with the South Florida Water Management District, which is working to continue to develop innovative ways to treat, store, and move water to increase water quality and quantity.
Josh Kellam, President of Garcia Family Farm, has served as a member of the Water Resources Analysis Coalition (WRAC) of South Florida Water Management District since 2012 and was appointed to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission in 2018.
In addition to the FAVT project, we and our farming tenants participate in Agricultural Best Management Practices (BMPs) with Florida Department of Agriculture (FDACs) to conserve water and reduce the amount of pesticides, fertilizers, animal waste and other pollutants entering water sources. BMPs are designed to benefit water quality and water conservation while maintaining or even enhancing agricultural production.