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Local organic entrepreneur and farmer Frank Oakes 1946-2013

Frank Oakes chats with customer Faheem Arbyumi, of Naples, at Food and Thought on Thursday, April, 12, 2012, in Naples. Oakes often supplies produce to Arbyumi, who runs a local food pantry.

Photo by DAVID ALBERS, Naples Daily News

Frank Oakes chats with customer Faheem Arbyumi, of Naples, at Food and Thought on Thursday, April, 12, 2012, in Naples. Oakes often supplies produce to Arbyumi, who runs a local food pantry.

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  • Even the means of controlling bugs is organic in the Shangri-La's garden as Frank Oakes manually pulls catepillars off of zucchini plants, crushes them and places them below the plant in the soil.  Michel Fortier/Staff
  • Frank Oakes

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  • Frank Oakes chats with customer Faheem Arbyumi, of Naples, at Food and Thought on Thursday, April, 12, 2012, in Naples. Oakes often supplies produce to Arbyumi, who runs a local food pantry.
  • Frank Oakes chats with customer Ben Caruthers, of Naples, about starting a vermiculture worm composting bin at Food and Thought on Thursday, April, 12, 2012, in Naples.
  • Organic produce grower Frank Oakes waters his strawberry plants in a effort to prevent frost damage on Thursday, Jan. 22, 2009, in Collier County. Local farmers scrambled to save their crops as Collier and Lee counties fell under a 'hard freeze warning' overnight. David Albers/ Staff
  • Frank Oakes, center, talks about the gardens at Shangri-La Hotel and Resort in Bonita Springs which have been certified organic after a three year process.  Owners Addison Fischer, background right, and Heather Burch, foreground right, plan on using the all-organic foods grown at the resort for the hotel's menu, with the goal of making it one of three organically certified restaurants in the country.  Michel Fortier/Staff
  • Naples Daily News
Section: 01-A Section
Edition: Final
Published: 07/21/2002
Page: A08
Keywords: organic agriculture 
Photo: Self-sustaining organic farm
Frank Oakes, left, talks to David Dancu before a meeting at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Naples, where Oakes explained to potential investors how his project of a self-sustaining organic farm and market would function.
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  • Organic produce grower Frank Oakes waters his strawberry plants in a effort to prevent frost damage on Thursday, Jan. 22, 2009, in Collier County. Local farmers scrambled to save their crops as Collier and Lee counties fell under a 'hard freeze warning' overnight. David Albers/ Staff
  • Frank Oakes chats with customer Hugh Jones, of Fort Lauderdale, at Food and Thought on Thursday, April, 12, 2012, in Naples. Jones is an adjunct professor at Florida Gulf Coast University who uses Oakes as a resource for students of his spa client wellness and healthy cuisine course.
  • Organic produce grower Frank Oakes examines his strawberry plants after Wednesday morning's freeze at his farm in Golden Gate Estates. Wednesday was the second straight morning of subfreezing temperatures for farmers in inland regions of Southwest Florida. The frost ruined a batch of ripening berries. Damage to crops was not catastrophic, said Gene McAvoy, multi-county vegetable agent with the University of Florida/IFAM Extension in Hendry Country. However, the early freeze could spell major trouble if cold weather continues through  January and February as it did last winter. Photographed Dec. 8, 2010. Aaron Hale/Staff.
  • Frank Oakes, owner of Food and Thought organic market and restaurant with his seedlings behind the market Monday October 9, 2006.  After organically grown seedlings sprout, he takes the tomato's, broccoli, strawberries, and other greens to the Oakes Organic farm near Corkescrew Swamp Sanctuary to grow before being harvested and transported back to his market to be sold.  Garrett Hubbard/staff
  • Organic produce grower Frank Oakes eats a half-frozen strawberry while watering the plants to prevent further frost damage on Thursday, Jan. 22, 2009, in Collier County. Local farmers scrambled to save their crops as Collier and Lee counties fell under a 'hard freeze warning' overnight. David Albers/ Staff
  • Organic produce grower and grocer Frank Oakes warms his hand by a fire next to one of his workers on Wednesday morning. Oakes and other Southwest Florida growers faced a second straight morning of subfreezing tempatures, which caused minor damage to some crops. Photographed Dec. 8, 2010. Aaron Hale/Staff.

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