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.
Click Here if you are interested in supplying your product to the conference.
Please submit your product information by April 30th.
Pre-Conference Tours Announced
Make plans to visit Kissimmee's Green Place for Natural and Organic Vegetables and Organic Country Farms. Two local growers of Asian and traditional vegetables. Read more
Another option is take the livestock tour to visit Foshee Farms and Lake Meadow Naturals. Two local farms with very different operations. Read more
About the Conference
Only in its 3rd year, the conference already attracts nearly 800 people. It provides farmers with in-depth, cutting edge educational information; facilitates networking, dialog, and visioning among members of the Florida small farms community, and increases awareness of the small farms industry to decision makers, supporting institutions, and the general public.
The conference provides high quality educational and networking activities geared to small farms.
Conference highlights include
· Pre-conference workshops and tours
· Featured Florida farmers
· Livestock arena with live animal exhibits
· Local foods
· Large exhibition showcasing products and technologies
· Farmer to farmer roundtable discussions
· Educational sessions that share results of groundbreaking research and provide educational support for producers to operate sustainable and profitable enterprises.
Sessions will span across the following topics
· Business and Marketing
· Organic and Sustainable Farming
· Policy and Regulations
· Protected Agriculture
Become an Exhibitor!
If you are looking for exposure, this conference is the ideal venue to introduce your products to the small farm community. This event is so successful that over 90% of last year's exhibitors surveyed said they would be back again! Take this opportunity expand your customer base and showcase new products to existing clientele. For more details, visit the exhibit information on the small farms website.
Registration Scholarships for Fl. Small Farmers
If you are a Florida small farmer and will need financial assistance to attend the conference, you have an opportunity to apply for a full registration scholarship, up to a $130 value.
Florida small farmers applying should complete the application and send by June 1 for consideration.
We've made arrangements with a variety of hotels and motels to offer our small farms participants reduced guest room rates. They range from motel economical rooms to hotel rooms with luxuriant comforts.