Monday, October 19, 2015

The Cultivator Newsletter - October 2015




The Cultivator

Connecting farmers and food system innovators across Florida

Published Monthly by the UF/IFAS Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises Extension Team


Issue No. 2

October 2015


IPM Experts to Speak at Mid-Florida Conference - Feature Article

Internationally renowned experts on Integrated Pest Management and Biological Control to speak at the Mid-Florida Specialty Crops Conference on November 6.  -- Continue Reading





PhotoStory: Banker Plants in Integrated Pest Management - See more




Upcoming Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises Events



Northwest Florida

- FAMU Fall Crop Field Day

  October 24 from 8:00am-3:00pm, Quincy

  Register online here

- New Leaf Annual Farm Tour

  October 24 & 25 in the Tallahassee region

  More information here

- Seven Days of Local Delights

  Plenty of workshops and learning opportunities

  October 26 - November 1

  More information here

- Intro to Urban Farming Workshop

  October 31 from 2:00pm-3:00pm, Tallahassee

  More information here

- Veterans, New, Small Farmer Workshop

  November 6 from 9:00am-2:00pm, Marianna

  Register online here



Northeast Florida

Basic Goat Production Workshop

  October 17 from 9:00am-2:00pm, Gainesville   

  RSVP calling 352-955-2402

- Master Herdsman Series

  October 15, 22 & 29 and November 5 & 12

  Clay county Extension Office

  Register online here

- Permaculture Design Intensive Course

  October 23 from 1:00pm-5:00pm

  At the UNF Ogier Gardens, Jacksonville

  More information here

- Tour De Farm - Slow Food First Coast

   November 5 around the Northeast Florida

   More information here

- Best Practices at Farmers' Markets

  November 9, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, 

  Gainesville. Register online here

- Growing Gourmet Mushrooms: Shiitake & 


  November 13, 9:30am-3:00pm, Gainesville

  Register by calling 352-337-6209

- Drip Irrigation School

  Novermber 19 & 20, Live Oak

  Register online here

- AGRItunity

  January 22 & 23, 2016, Citrus County

  More information forthcoming

Central Florida

- Mid-Florida Specialty Crops Conference

  Friday November 6, from 9:00 to 4:00 pm, 

  Apopka.  Register here or call 352-294-1692

- Small Ruminant Production Conference

  November 20, 9:00am-5:00pm, Ocala

  Register online here

South Central Florida

- Thrips Management in Strawberry

  October 20 from 12:00pm-3:00 pm, Dover

  RSVP by calling 813-744-5519 ext 54134

- Florida Pomegranate Association Annual 


  October 23, 9:00am-3:30pm, Lake Alfred

  Register online here

- Food Safety: What is My Risk?

  October 28 from 9:00am-4:00pm, Wimauma

  Register online here

- Organic 101 Workshop

  November 1, at Sweetwater Community Farm

  Tampa. More information here

- Florida Ag Expo

  November 4, 7:30am-3:45pm, Balm

  More information here

South Florida

- Redland Growfest

  October 17 & 18, Homestead

  More information here

- Localecopia Meet & Greet

  November 17 from 1:00pm-3:00pm, West Palm 

  Beach. RSVP to




News and Announcements


  - Guava can be a profitable crop. More here

  - Farmer Op-ed: Opportunities abound for Marion 

    County farms, yet go untapped. More here

  - More agritourism for education and farm-time fun.     More here
 - James Olmstead, Nex generation of researchers.  

    More here

  - NRCS Conservation Cost Share deadline for      

    assistance is December 18. - More here

  - The impact of Women Farmers in Florida. 

    More here

 -  New Florida Farm to School, Farm to Community 

    Newsletter. Sign up by emailing:

 -  Sumter County Extension Helps Implement 

    SNAP/EBT at Farmer's Market - More here

-  Organic certification available. Deadline for your 

   application is October 31. More here

-  University of Florida receives USDA grant to 

   establish regional center for food safety training

   More here

-  Three new blueberry varieties could expand 

   growing range in Florida. More here

  - Lettuce Production Systems and Cultivars used 

     in Hydroponics and Protected Culture Open 


  - Planning for a Farm Tour - Open here

  - Getting the most out of Social Media - Open here

  - Value-Added Products for Fresh Highbush 

    Blueberries - Open here

  - Specialty Melon Production for Small and 

    Direct-Market Growers - Open here

  - Economic Contributions of Agriculture, Natural 

    Resources, and Food Industries in Florida in 2013

    Open here

  - Using Turnip as a trap crops for 

    Yellowmargined  Leaf Bettle - Open here

  - Loss of crop diversity in U.S. farms shows study 

    over the last 34 years - More here

  - Municipal Zoning for Local Foods in Iowa -

    More here





About this Newsletter.

The Cultivator is an online monthly newsletter 

published by the UF/IFAS Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises Extension Team. 


The objectives of the newsletter are to share practical production and marketing information

 and build a strong network among small and medium scale farmers 

and other food system stakeholders across Florida. 




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The team works on supporting small and medium scale farms 

and strengthening local and regional food systems.


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