Couple Starts Healthy Farm Business

Katy Sierra and Rosalyne Follman are the happy owners of a healthy, new business called Dirty Girl Farming. They grow microgreens and raise chickens on a farm in Wimauma, Florida.

“We both grew up in agriculture-based families—always outside—farm life, always doing something like that,” Sierra said. “So we that we wanted to head in that direction, so we came up with the idea for microgreens.”

The women have many tasks on the farm that range from finding the right balance of pH levels to sanitizing every individual seed before it’s planted.

“We only use pH balanced water so I have to find the right balance,” Sierra said. “Constantly moving things around during the day to get different parts of the sun, different times of the day where the sun hits it differently.”

They have dreams of expanding their business into a nationwide franchise.

“We definitely have plans of expanding,” Sierra said. “Not only here on this property, building more and more structures but we have plans to purchase neighboring properties as well but even beyond that I would love to see us in other states.”

Before they expand outside of Florida, they want to expand their own line of products and start offering home baked goods.

“I’m really excited about products that we have to come,” Sierra said. “We’re going to do baked goods and maybe skin care products and things like that.”

Their investor, Jessica Bellman, is fully supportive of their endeavors and points out the passion they have for the business.

“I think Dirty Girl Farming has not only a passion,” said Bellman. “But an interest in the education and putting healthy food on family tables.”

For more information or to purchase their products, you can visit their website at www.dirtygirlfarming.com.

Up-And-Coming Production Company Growing In Tampa

Diamond View Studios is a local production company devoted to creating excellent content. With a crew of 15 team members, creative juices are always flowing in their new state of the art studio located right off Bearss Avenue.

“Every single person who works there is truly passionate about video and about creating terrific content,” said operations manager Jonathan Hickson. “You come in and we’re having fun and it looks like we’re just playing around but really, we’re working really hard and we’re creating content that we’re proud of.”

Diamond View’s clientele is quite diverse, ranging from the University of South Florida to companies like Red Bull and Allstate.

“We’re constantly looking for new creative concepts — new hardware we can use, new software we can use. We’re always just striving to take it to one more level above what we already are right now,” said Shane Sackett, a recent intern turned associate producer.

Founded in 2007, the company outgrew office space after office space before setting their eyes on an available brick building. The open space and modern design of the studio are hard to miss, and Tampa Bay Business Journal recognized them as the 2016 Coolest Office Space.

“I didn’t think I’d like working anywhere as much as I do working at Diamond View,” Hickson said.

Production inquiries can be sent through their website, diamondviewstudios.com, or their telephone number, 800-613-9693.

Suit-A-Bull offers free suit rentals to students

When you scan USF’s campus, you do not see students dressed in suits. Mostly, you see students dressed casually in jeans and a T-shirt. You might even see students in pajamas.

With a low budget and a full schedule of academics and extracurricular activities, personal appearance may not be the first priority on college student’s minds. It is, however, the first thing an employer notices.

“In 2008 USF was rated as worst dressed by employment recruiters,” said USF advisor Kristofer Stubbs.

Suit-a-Bull at USF provides students with free suits, dress shirts, ties and skirts for interviews or any other occasion where dress attire is required. Suit-A-Bull is looking to add shoe rental as well in the near future.

“A lot of the career fairs they don’t allow you inside if you don’t have a suit. A lot of the students who come here have been turned down by those careers fairs,” said Kenni Lynch, USF ENACTUS President.

This service started in 2008 and is stocked through donations from faculty and staff.

The only qualification for renting dress attire is to bring your student ID and return the rented items within 48 hours. Suit-a-Bull is open Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.