Friday, September 9, 2011

Latest Polk Small Farms Program Update

Subject: Small Farms Networking Meeting September 19

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Polk Small Farms Update

Early September 2011




















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Dear Mary,  

Hello out there!


Lots to look forward to this fall for small farms educational opportunities!  
I've just finished out a number of difficult milestones and ready to get busy programming!  



Raising Vegetables for Farmers Markets 
Saturday, September 17 10 a.m. -12 p.m.

UF/IFAS Polk County Extension Service, Bartow

See the flyer here

Register here

Short notice, don't panic, I'll repeat it again this fall.



Southwest Florida Small Farmers Network Meeting 
Monday, September 19 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Shady Oaks Fruit Farm, Lakeland

See flyer here


See more about the network at


Please send an email to me at to let me know you are coming or call me at (863) 519-8677 x 110


This is the blueberry u-pick operation featured on August cover of Central Florida Ag News. Help them out by bringing along a few 2 liter bottles to build a low cost vertical garden system. We'll demonstrate how to build that system at the meeting and then you'll be asking people to collect 2 liter bottles for you so you can make your own!

See that system here and come out for the program!

Also, I'll be talking a bit on the farmers markets of Polk County. I recently did an interview on them for PGTV. Take a look at that interview here

See the updated fact sheet on Polk County Farmers Markets here

Also see a new fact sheet on Polk County U-Picks here


Growing Pomegranates in Polk County Plus USDA Funding (especially energy)

October 12 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

UF/IFAS Polk County Extension Service, Bartow

See the flyer here

Register here


Entering Your Florida Marketmaker Profile

October 21

Neil Combee Administration Building, Bartow

See the flyer here

Register here




Other important programs to consider:

October 6: Vegetable and Small Fruit Nutrient Management Meeting, GCREC, Balm, FL

See flyer here


Nov. 9: Florida Ag. Expo, GCREC, Balm FL  


November 1, 2011 Fall Florida Blueberry Growers Association meeting


Master Goat and Sheep Producers Certification Program

January 10-13 2012

UF/IFAS Polk County Extension Service, Bartow

Save the date! Details coming soon...

To be patterned after this program 




This will be our first small farmers network meeting in Polk.  Yahoo!  We're getting somewhere!  I hope you can make it!

Mary Beth Henry

Small Farms/Pesticide Licensing

Extension Agent I, UF/IFAS Extension Polk County

1702 HWY. 17 S, Bartow, FL 33831 T: 863.519.8677 x 110  F: 863.534.0001     http://polksmallfarms.com 

No Farmers No Food


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