This blog is for Polk County Florida small farms and pesticide applicators as a method of communication and sharing information. This blog is administered by the University of Florida IFAS Extension Polk County Extension Agent, Mary Beth Henry.
VISIT FLORIDA is now accepting applications for the new 2017-18 Targeted Marketing Assistance Program.
The Targeted Marketing Assistance Program (TMAP) offers exclusive benefits to small, minority, rural and agritourism businesses with an annual gross income of $500,000 or less. The program is designed to help small businesses improve their marketing efforts through a variety of benefits that can be activated during the term of the program.
The application deadline is Friday, November 17, 2017. Space is limited, so apply today!
OCI is a full service conference planning division dedicated to assisting groups that support the IFAS mission "to develop knowledge in agriculture, natural resources, and the environment, and to make that knowledge accessible to sustain and enhance the quality of human life."
Three outstanding keynote speakers, a corral of field-tested presenters, 56 educational sessions, and loads of special events await you at the 2018 Practical Tools and Solutions for Sustaining Family Farms Conference.
Come to the opening keynote on Friday morning and hear
Mark Cain of Dripping Springs Garden, share the story of building a dream, making a living, and making a life on a farm in Arkansas.
Mark's early inspirations for the farm came from meeting English gardening guru Alan Chadwick and natural-farming advocate Masanobu Fukuoka, and his eventual apprenticeship at the Farm and Garden Project of UCSC. Armed with a passionate love of gardening and nature, Mark and partner Michael Crane began to plant the seeds of their dream in 1984, on an abandoned blueberry farm near a clear Ozark mountain stream. Click to read more.
Join us on Saturday morning for a challenging and inspirational session on how to create a viable future for the next generation of farmers.
Davon Goodwin, a first-generation farmer in North Carolina and National Young Farmers Coalition (NYFC) board member, will talk about his hope for the future and how NFYC is supporting him in his farming dreams.
Lindsey Lusher Shute
Lindsey Lusher Shute, the Executive Director of NYFC, will share her vision of hope for the next generation of farmers and discuss NYFC programs that help make that vision become reality. Then she will engage us more deeply in what it will take for the South to create an environment that nurtures and supports the future of young farmers like Davon. Click to read more.
Early-Birds! Save Even More
Be one of the first 50 people to register online using the coupon code and receive $5 off the general conference admission. Use code: brochure5.
The Southern SAWG conference is always a great bargain, given the quality of the information to be gained and the networking opportunities that come with such a large turnout of the South's most innovative and successful producers, organizers and advocates in sustainable agriculture. Your farming operation or local foods organization can't afford to miss this event.
Click here to learn more about registration fees. Early bird registration deadline is December 20th.
These funds will help make it possible for limited-resource farmers to participate in this event.
Southern SAWG has set aside a number of additional fee waivers for farmers affected by this hurricane season from the Gulf South, Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and many areas affected by our turbulent hurricane season this year. If you know a farmer who is struggling after the hurricanes and could use an extra boost to get going again before the new season, please let them know about this opportunity.
Fee waiver deadline is December 1st. To learn more about fee waivers and how to apply, click here.
Note to organizational and institutional leaders: We can provide letters of support to your potential funders if you are seeking funds for producers in your area to participate in the pre-conference and conference activities. Just contact uswith the details.
Affordable Options for Trade Show and Advertising
2018 is shaping up to be a banner year for SSAWG and we want to make sure you don't miss out! More than half of our trade show exhibitor booths have already been claimed, but we've got room to squeeze in a few more and we'd love to see your organization represented! Can't make it to the conference in person this year? You can still make an impact with effective, affordable options to help you reach your target audience.
Click here for information about our tradeshow and advertising opportunities.
As a sponsor you will be helping hundreds of farmers, community food advocates, educators and researchers across the South, and with the visibility this event affords, it will distinguish you as a critical supporter of the sustainable agriculture movement. Click here to learn more and show your support.