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The Cultivator Newsletter - November 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. 3

November 2015


Words of advice from Emil Belibasis, an experienced vegetable grower- 

One of the speakers at the Mid-Florida Specialty Crops Conference, Emil Belibasis, owner of Beli Farms, shares some great pieces of advice especially for beginner and prospective farmers.  -- 

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Conference Pictures

See what happened at the Mid-Florida Speciality Crops Conference in Apopka - See more





November 6, 2015

Apopka, FL


Thank you for a great regional conference!!


Stay tuned for updates on our third regional conference on April 1-2 in Lee County!








Upcoming Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises Events



Northwest Florida

Send us your events!!



Northeast Florida

- Agriculture Conservation Workshop

  November 21, from 9:00am-2:00pm, Baldwin

  More information here

- Building your Own Farm's Food Safety Manual

  December 7 from 8:15am-5:00pm, Live Oak

  Registration and more info here

- AGRItunity

  January 22 & 23, 2016, Citrus County

  More information forthcoming

- Small Scale Mushroom Production

  February 5, 2016 from 8:15am-4:30pm, Live Oak

  Registration and more info here 

- Starting a Successful Hydroponic Business

  March 14&15, 2016, Live Oak

  Registration and more info here

- Starting a Successful Hydroponic Business

  March 18&19, 2016, Live Oak

  Registration and more info  here

Central Florida

- Winter Weather School 

  December 1, 8:30am-12:15 pm, Tavares
  Free registration here
- Florida Blueberry Pollination Workshop
  December 2, 9:30am-12:00pm, Tavares
  Free registration here
- UF/IFAS Florida Olive Update & Grower Needs
  December 10 from 10:00am-2:00pm, Citra
  Register online here

South Central Florida

Send us your events!!

South Florida

- Fall Vegetable Field Day

  December 3, from 9:00am-1:00pm, Immokalee

  More information here





News and Announcements


- Chef takes side gig as hydroponic farmer. 

   More here

- USDA in partnership with Florida Organic Growers    release organic video series. See videos here

- Southern SSAWG Conference Scholarships     

  available. Deadline is December 1. 

  More here Specific scholarships for mentor 

  farmers by SARE, contact Kelly Moore 

- Collier County schools lead the way in farm-to-

  school push. More here

- NRCS Conservation Cost Share deadline for      

   assistance is December 18. - More here

- Preparing your honey bees for winter. More here

- New Florida Farm to School, Farm to Community 

   Newsletter. Sign up by emailing:

- Bilbrey Family Farm in Polk County profiled. 

  More here

- Cold Protection tips for North Florida Vegetable   

  Farmers. Open here

- Take caution when dealing with yellowstriped 

   armyworms. More here

- Organic Transition: A business Planner for 

  Farmers, Ranchers... by SARE. Open here

- Guidelines or Purchasing and Using Commercial 

  Natural enemies and biopesticides. Open here

- Updated version of the vegetable and row crop 

  Best Management Practices Manual released. 

  Open here.

- Small Flock Poultry Nutrition. Open here

- National Organic Farming Handbook released by

   NRCS. Open 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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is a collaboration of about 140 University State and County Faculty Extension across Florida.

The team works on supporting small and medium scale farms 

and strengthening local and regional food systems.


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