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Small Farms Conference 2011Pre TOURS ANNOUNCED

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Florida Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises Conference · July 15-17 · Kissimmee



Florida Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises Conference


July 15-17, 2011




Cultivating Networks, Opportunities and Sustainability






Florida Farmer Produce Information due April 30
Announcing Pre-conference Tours 


Florida Farmers

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. 




Conference Topics

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

·    Horticulture

·    Livestock

·    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.

For more information, visit the conference website and click on Registration Scholarships for Florida Small Farmers.

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.

Heads Up: Reduced rates are for a limited time, and many of the properties will fill early. We urge you to make your reservation now. Click here to view the various accommodations.



For More Information

About small farms in Florida, visit the small farms website: http://smallfarms.ifas.ufl.edu/


About the Florida small farms conference, visit the conference website: www.conference.ifas.ufl.edu/smallfarms   




Educational Program

Danielle Treadwell, Chair  

TEL: 352-273-4775

EMAIL: ddtreadw@ufl.edu 

Sponsorship Information

Bob Hochmuth, Chair 

TEL: 386-362-1725 x103

EMAIL: bobhoch@ufl.edu 


Exhibitor Information

Susan Kelly, Chair

TEL: 352-793-2728

EMAIL: sakelly@ufl.edu 


General Information

Mandy Stage, Coordinator

TEL: 352-392-5930

EMAIL: mstage@ufl.edu 



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Our Sponsors 

We sincerely appreciate the following for their support.

Thank you!


Sustaining Partners

UF, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS)


Florida Department of Agriculture and Consurmer Services


Florida A&M University, CESTA




Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE)




Florida Farm Bureau Federation & Florida Farm Bureau Insurance


Bowen Brothers, Inc.



OIA North America

    Visit Our Sponsors


If you are interested in sponsoring, please contact  Bob Hochmuth, chair of the fund raising committee.



Who Should Attend

· Small Family Farms

· Transitional Farmers

· Beginning Farmers

· Allied-industry Reps.

· Educators

· Researchers

· Agricultural Associations

· Policy-makers

· Foundations

· Anyone interested in becoming a part of, and strengthening the small farm community in Florida



Quick Links


Supply Your Product to the Conference

Food Safety Plan Workshop

Florida Small Farmer Reg. Scholarship

Registration Information

Current Sponsors

Become a Sponsor

Become an Exhibitor

Conference Location

Small Farms Website

Conference Website

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Help us reach the right people

If you have any colleagues who might be interested in attending this conference, please forward this announcement. Thank you!

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