Freshwater wetlands are an integral part of our Florida Ecology. Although more than half of our original Florida wetlands have disappeared, we have a large wetland marsh right at the heart of the Fat Beet Farm! From weeding out invasive species to protecting baby bird nests, we do everything we can to maintain and preserve this beautiful piece of land.
These wetlands are vital to countless native plant and animal species, and many depend on each other for survival. More than a third of our country’s threatened and endangered species reside in wetland areas. Because numerous birds, fish, mammals, and reptiles use these areas as breeding grounds, it is essential that we preserve and protect them to ensure the survival of our native species.
The porous spongy soils on wetland floors are incredibly helpful for water management. During Florida’s often torrential rains wetlands can soak up a ton of excess water, which can greatly help mitigate flooding. They are also essential to our drinking supply; sometimes called “nature’s kidneys,” wetlands filter and purify water before it sinks into the limestone aquifer that supplies the majority of our potable water in the state.
At Fat Beet Farm we understand that we are responsible for maintaining our fragile coastline ecosystem. Our brackish water canal is lined by many mangrove species, and salt marshes crawling with fiddler crabs. A rainbow of wetland birds spend their days flying above or roosting in the shelter of native bushes and trees. Florida coastline management is vitally important for wildlife habitats, water quality, and hurricane resistance, so we protect our shoreline through restoration initiatives. We refuse to use any chemical fertilizers, we always remove invasive plant species, and we will introduce measures that reduce the occurrence of red tide. Some of our goals include developing a thriving habitat for shallow water fish by aerating our lagoon, keeping our canal clean and free from litter all the way out to the bay, and launching an oyster recycling and renewal initiative.
Learn more about how we do our regenerative agriculture through composting and vermiculture.