When John Bitter and Amy Van Scoik started Frog Song Organics in 2011 they had a vision to accomplish farming with the “triple bottom line”: respect for human, ecological and economic resources.
With the help from family, friends and neighbors, who worked in trade for food, Frog Song Organics has grown from two planted acres to managing more than 60 acres.
They grow more than 80 types of produce, herbs, fruits and flowers, mainly in the field and also in several greenhouses/hoophouses. Certified organic since 2012, Frog Song Organics grows everything in soil for full flavor and do not utilize hydroponics.
Beyond the foods they grow, John and Amy raise egg-laying hens and recently started a pasture pork program. Frog Song Organics also produces value-added goods such as jams and fermented foods like kimchi and pickles.
Not only is John and Amy’s mission to produce nutritious food for the community, they also strive to create meaningful employment. Their team is made up of a group of hard-working and caring people who cooperate to produce their crops. During peak season, Frog Song Organics has as many as 25 staff members. They offer a variety of benefits to full-time staff including paid sick leave, life insurance, prepared lunches, housing, and a healthcare stipend.
By hiring a domestic full-time staff as well as international seasonal crew members, Frog Song Organics is able to employ experienced workers to keep up stable production and feed the people in our community. “Agriculture is hard work, and we truly appreciate everyone who has worked with us on the farm in one way or another,” explained Amy.
But Frog Song Organics is far from finished improving their bottom triple line. John and Amy’s long-term goals include adopting solar power, and improving the on-farm fertility system and composting program.
Frog Song Organics’ products are currently available weekly at the St. Augustine Farmers Market. They also sell directly to businesses like Sprout Kitchen, regional restaurants, grocers, distributors and buying clubs. In addition, Frog Song Organics operates a CSA program (Community Supported Agriculture) serving up to 100 members. Frog Song Organics offers convenient online ordering and home delivery at www.frogsongorganics.com.
Mark off your weekly grocery list when you shop Frog Song Organics’ produce and value-added products at Made in St. Augustine. And, during Sprout Kitchen’s culinary workshop during the festival, participants will have the opportunity to taste and use their farm-fresh products.