Hello members & supporters of the SW FL Small Farmer Network (SWFSFN)! I am very pleased to send you this announcement and invitation to the next meeting of the SW FL Small Farmers Network (SWFSFN) on Monday, Feb 10, 2014. Following up our successful October 21, 2013 SWFSFN meeting at the H.E.A.R.T farm in Lake Wales, we are continuing to provide you another event to support your sustainable, small farming and enterprises in SW Florida.
We are very fortunate this time to being hosted by Ken Ryan of Herban Gardens (see http://elizabethssecretgarden.blogspot.com/2011/01/micro-green-production-at-herban.html) with coordination by Roy Beckford of UF/IFAS Extension Lee County. Ken is a veteran micro-greens producer and farmer who will give a farm tour of his facilities and techniques on how to grow, nurture and excel at producing micro-greens as an agri-business enterprise.
We are also sure that you will not want to miss this opportunity for social and business networking with your fellow small farmers in SW FL. Come meet your fellow producers and purveyors who are making our local food systems a reality! Remember to bring seeds to share for our Seed Swap activity and help promote such collective actions of SWFSFN members. Finally, we are planning to have another spectacular pot lunch so bring your locally-grown foods prepared with you special recipes of your seasonal crops!
For your reference, here 's our meeting’s details and agenda:
Date: Monday, Feb 10, 2014
Location: Herban Gardens, 8400 Dosonte Lane, North Fort Myers, FL 33917
RSVP: yes, please, to Roy Beckford at FBeckford@leegov.com or (239) 533-7512
Note: bring folding chair & eating utensils, and home-made food to share at the pot luck lunch
9:30 am to 11:30 am - Farm tour
11:30 to 12:30 pm - Pot luck lunch & seed swap
12:30 to 1:30 pm - Growers meeting - introductions & announcements
a) news from attending county SWFSFN county grower leaders
b) growers sharing of events, issues, etc of interest to the
1:30 to 2:30 pm - UF/IFAS county Extension agents’ announcements
a) Upcoming workshops & courses
Please, feel free to pass along this announcement to your fellow small farmers and local foods promoters who would be interested in the activities of SWFSFN. If they are not familiar with SWFSFN, please, refer them to both our webpage (see http://sarasota.ifas.ufl.edu/AG/swfsfn.shtml) and Yahoo Group (see http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/SW_FL_Small_Farms/)
Friday, January 31, 2014
7th Annual Eco-Nomic Living Expo
Saturday February 1, 2014 8:30am-12:30pm
UF/IFAS Extension Orange County
6021 S. Conway Rd
Dr. Mark Hostetler, Tom MacCubbin and Chef David Bearl
Small Farm & Gardening "Off the Grid"
Cooking with Cool Season Crops
Local Food Systems in Central Florida
Edible & Biodiverse Landscapes
Tradeshow & Garden Tour
For more information see the attached program flyer or visit our website at http://orange.ifas.ufl.edu/
Recently my lab and the Division of Plant Industry-FDACS confirmed Rose Rosette Disease for the first time in Florida. This disease is caused by an Emaravirus named Rose Rosette Virus (RRV). As of now it is confirmed in Gadsden, Alachua and Levy counties. I am writing to request you to pass this pest alert to all county directors and county agents in your respective districts. I am copying this to Dr. Dusky who is aware of this new disease on roses in Florida. A training program on RRV is being planned for March/April at NFREC, Quincy and I will let you know once this is finalized.
If you have any questions, let me know. Thanks for your help.
Mathews L. Paret
Assistant Professor, Plant Pathology
North Florida Research and Education Center, University of Florida
155 Research Road, Quincy, FL 32351
850-875-7154 (phone), 850-875-7188 (fax)