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First-generation farmers put down roots in Central Florida’s suburbs

Agriculture in the state of Florida is a multi-billion-dollar industry, a big business of corporate farmers utilizing massive machines, countless tonnage of chemical fertilizer and pesticides, even computer-guided harvesters and flying drone cameras. There are 48,000 farms spread over 9.5 million acres, according to the Florida Department of Agriculture. The people you’ll meet today are not those farmers.

jazz videos

    • Community Foundation of Jacksonville Art Ventures Fund Grant
    • Two-time United Arts Professional Development Grant
    • Florida Division of Cultural Affairs Individual Artist Fellowship
    • Telly Award for best independent video script
    • Galati Research Grant
    • "Playing by the Lake" Festival
    • Awesome Foundation grant
    • Florida Magazine Association "Charlie" Award
    • Three-time Artist-in-residence, Atlantic Center for the Arts
    • Alternative Programming Chair, Timucua Arts Foundation
    • Founding member, GoFLA/Sunshine Plate
    • Creator, 13in13
    • co-founder, Burry Man Writers Center
    • publisher, Spice Maven Press
    • Director, The Company of Eccentric Beggars
    • Creator, House Theater Project

freelance writer

  • As a writer on assignment, I've traveled to Italy, Scotland, England, New Orleans, California and New York City, with a specialty on all things Orlando. Whether it's a story about Arts & Crafts houses in Florida or new styles in computers, a Mounted Police squad or alien abduction insurance, I've written it. Environmental issues, music, movie and theater reviews and in-depth conversations with legends in jazz. Interviews and personality profiles are my specialty.

A full-time freelance writer since 1996, I've written for national and international publications about food, travel and the arts, and am currently the Dining Critic for Orlando Magazine. With 32 productions and readings of my plays from coast to coast and in three countries since 2001, and producer of the Jazz On Edge series since 2008, I advocate the cause of local, sustainable art.

food writer

  • Florida Magazine Association Award winning food writer and Orlando restaurant critic, currently for Orlando Magazine. James Beard Foundation judge, knowledgable champion of world cuisine and avid advocate of undiscovered chefs. I can write about the front of the house of a restaurant as well as the kitchen with equal expertise. Founding member, goFLA/SunshinePlate Central Florida.


  • My plays take place on buses and in bars, in hotel rooms and government offices, farmhouse kitchens and jazz stages. 32 productions and readings of my plays from coast to coast and in three countries since 2001; creator of House Theater Project and the year-long 13in13 series of shows. "Best local playwright - Joseph Hayes" - Orlando Sentinel

jazz producer

  • Producer of the Jazz On Edge series, spotlighting new and original jazz from Central Florida since 2008, showcasing the best that Central Florida has to offer in jazz to appreciative audiences, giving creative hometown and nationally-known musicians a place to perform their own music, without boundaries, in person and online. Board Chair of alternative programming, Timucua Arts Foundation.