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.
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Chickens, Food Safety, Canning and Need your input on green market tomorrow
Subject: Chickens, Food Safety, Canning and Need your input on green market tomorrow
Public meeting on proposed market coming up tomorrow- hope you can make it! Chicken program is filling up already! Food safety and canning dates coming up too... Wow, this year is getting busy already!
New Green Market in Polk? UF/IFAS Polk County Extension has been contacted to participate in and gather growers for a discussion on a proposed green market in Polk County. Pikes Place Market in Seattle has been cited as an example of their idea. See Pikes Place here http://www.pikeplacemarket.org/
The developer would like to pick the brain of those most likely to participate as vendors in the market. His vision is big and hopes for public funds to help make the vision a reality. The discussion is designed to draw feedback from producers as to the likelihood for producer participation as an indication of the feasibility and ultimate success of the project.
Build Your Food Safety Manual February 23 at Neil Combee Polk County BOCC Administration Building in Bartow
We'll sit down in front of computers and walk you through building a food safety manual for your farm. Periodic headlines such as the recent issues in melons have more and more consumers and distributers looking for farm food safety plans. Build yours at the session! More Info BrochureRegister
Save the date! Saturday, April 28 Local foods sampler grower exchange
My Advisory Committee and I have set a date to host a sample exchange between growers. The idea is to allow people a place to meet and exchange samples of their products to try to foster cooperation and trade amongst local growers. Plus who doesn't wonder what other people are growing?
This is a new one for me. I have attended something similar but never organized one. Let's hope we can reach lots of growers to foster the exchange and hopefully build relationships for the future! Hold the date for now and watch for more details as they develop.
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