David Goodman, Florida's Survival Gardener

Name: David Goodman  

David Goodman

Occupation: Writer/Farmer

Place of Residence: Florida

Background and Personal History:  
His neurotic obsession with edible plants has led him to grow a variety of species that by all rights should be darned impossible in his climate. At age five, he sprouted a bean in a Dixie cup of soil — and caught the gardening bug. No seed in his mom’s pantry was safe after that. Sensing his enthusiasm, his dad put in an 8 by 8-inch plot for him later that year and David hasn’t stopped growing since. David is married to the lovely Rachel, who homeschools their six children and regularly improvises delicious meals from the many bizarre plants in their collection (and a few tasty weeds they’ve foraged, too). David writes a regular column for Natural Awakenings magazine in North Central Florida and volunteers as a Florida Master Gardener. In mid-2012, he launched
www.floridasurvivalgardening.com as a place to share his ongoing experiments with tropical and temperate edibles. David and his family currently own a sandy little plant-riddled one-acre homestead in the middle of Florida and are members in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. 

Current Projects:  

Establishing a half-acre food forest

Testing heirloom corn varieties

Toying with aquatic plants and aquaponics

Breeding chickens

Zone-pushing tropical trees and shrubs by establishing microclimates

Experimenting with tropical staple crops

Trying to become self-sufficient on an acre

Starting trees from seed

Raising test varieties of pomegranates

Working towards an urban gardening test plot with the Master Gardeners at the local Agricultural Extension

Writing a survival gardening book for the Deep South

Other Fun Facts: 

On particularly hot days, David wanders around the yard with a straw hat and a cigar, pretending he’s in Cuba. He has also been known to toss seeds around and guerilla garden on foreclosed properties. Shh!

More Places to Find Me on the Web: 

Florida Survival Gardening  

David the Good 

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