Tuesday, March 20, 2012

FL Small Farms Conf. // March 30 Deadline to Supply Farm Product to Conf.


Please Share this Announcement with Florida Small Farmers


  Florida Small Farms and Alternative
Enterprises Conference 


Educating Entrepreneurs to Strengthen Local Food Systems


July 27-29, 2012 * Kissimmee, FL








Here are a few updates for the Florida Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises Conference scheduled July 27 - 29, in Kissimmee, Florida.




Supply Your Farm Product to the Conference
Submissions Due March 30 

This is a great opportunity to showcase farm products.

If you are interested in supplying food for Florida's premier conference let us know what you produce now!   


Spread the word and share this proposal with Florida small farmers you know.  Submission deadline is March 30th.  

See the website for details   


Innovative Farmer Award
Call for Nominations Due March 31  

Know a small farmer/rancher that deserves recognition as a role model for the other small farmer/ ranchers and conference attendees?  Nominate them for the Innovative Farmer Award! Nominations due March 31.  

Read More    



Registration Scholarships for

Florida Small Farmers

Are you are a Florida small farmer looking for financial assistance to attend the conference? You have an opportunity to apply for a registration scholarship. Applications will be reviewed in the order received so submit your application early! Application details are located on the website  



Expanded Conference Program

We have expanded the program to include more educational topics!

Educational sessions include:

*Beginning Farmer and Rancher; *Community Gardens/Urban Farming; *Cottage Law Information, Products and Methods; *Farmer's Markets (How to Start, Manage, etc); *Farm to School/Ag in the Classroom; *Food Safety; *Good Bug, Bad Bug ID; *Horticulture; *Hydroponics; *Livestock; *Mushrooms; *Organic and Sustainable Farming; *Pastured Poultry; *Renewable Energy Opportunities for Your Farm; *The Business of Farming; and more


In addition its the expanded educational component, highlights include:  *Friday evening exhibit preview and reception; *Keynote address; *Featured Florida farmers; *Trade show with suppliers and resources; *Live animal exhibits; *Educational Posters; *Saturday evening social; and *Local foods   

View the Agenda for Details 




Conference Sponsors

It is our privilege to recognize the following organizations and companies for their contributions. Their support helps provide the quality, cutting-edge education offered at the conference.

Sustaining Partner

Platinum Sponsors

Caribe Royale  

Gold Sponsor
Caribe Royale

Silver Sponsors


Bronze Sponsor                             

 General Sponsor


If you are interested in sponsoring, please visit our Sponsorship Opportunities webpage or contact Bob Hochmuth chair of the fund raising committee.


About the Conference

In it's fourth year, the Florida Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises Conference is a proven venue in providing farmers with up-to-date, research-based, in-depth educational information.

It facilitates networking and an open dialog among members of Florida's small farms community. 

It is also an excellent vehicle for increasing awareness of Florida's small farms industry to decision makers and supporting institutions, and partners from the public sector.

We invite you to visit our past conference websites with photos and speaker presentations.

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Join Us as a Sponsor      

We invite you to strengthen your commitment to Florida small farms.

The small farms conference brings together nearly 800 producers, marketers, researchers, educators, policy makers, and allied industry representatives, all of whom are actively involved in Florida farming.

See sponsor options available and learn how your organization will benefit from this opportunity.

All sponsors are recognized on the website, in advance announcements, and throughout the conference. The sooner you sign up as a sponsor, the more coverage you will receive.


Become an Exhibitor     

Unable to sponsor, but looking to introduce your products to the small farm community?  Become an Exhibitor.  


· 100% of the exhibitors surveyed in 2010 and 2011 met their target audience.


· 99% of past exhibitors responded they would exhibit again.


· Roughly 800 participants attend yearly.


Take this opportunity to expand your customer base and showcase new products to existing clientele.  See details.


Become of Friend of the Conference


· Is your organization directly funding individuals to participate in the conference?
 · Are you spreading the word about the conference?

· Are you promoting the conference at other meetings and events?


Tell us about your efforts and become a Friend of the FL SF Conference.  


View the list of Friends of the FL SF Conference 


Who Should Attend 

· Small Family Farms

· Transitional Farmers

· Beginning Farmers

· Allied-industry Representatives

· Educators

· Researchers

· Agricultural Associations

· Policy-makers

· Foundations

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


Help Us Reach Florida Farmers  

If you know Florida farmers, colleagues, industry representatives or others who might be interested in participating in this conference, please forward this announcement. Thank you!  


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Quick Links

Supply Your Farm Product


Become a Sponsor


Registration Information


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For More Information

About this year's conference, visit the 2012 conference website: www.conference.ifas.ufl.edu/smallfarms   

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

Mandy Stage, Conference Coordinator
Tel: 352-392-5930; Email: mstage@ufl.edu


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