Tuesday, March 8, 2016

The Cultivator Newsletter - February 2016



Connecting farmers and food system innovators across Florida

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


Issue No. 5

February 2016


Regional Small Farms Conference in Fort Myers Online Registration now open!

Check out the Conference Program today!

Learn about soil building, urban farming sytems, agroforestry-based integrated farms, financing the farm, cottage and value-added foods to food policies, local food systems and MORE


This two-day event promises lots of learning opportunities for everyone, from the prospective or beginner farmers to those most experienced, and from rural to urban settings.  Go to the Conference Site




Whole Farm Integrated Pest Management

 Video Series


Learn how to manage pests using IPM strategies on a whole farm through this video series developed by a team of UF/IFAS Extension. See MORE




Upcoming Events 



Northwest Florida


- Veterans, New, Small Farmer Workshop

  February 16, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, Monticello

  Register here


- Gulf Coast Agritourism & Ecotourism 

  Business Development Conference

  February 18-19, Pensacola

  More information and registration here


Northeast Florida


- Strawberry Pest Management Workshop

  February 18, Bradford

  Call 904-966-6224 to register

  More information 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


- Greenhouse and Outdoor Hydroponics Short 

  course for Teachers

  April 7, 2016, Live Oak

  Scholarships available

  Registration and more info here


- Soil Microbiology Short Course: Applications 

  and  Analysis of Mycorrhizal Associations.

  July 11-13, 2016, Gainesville

  Registration and more info here

Central Florida


- Cover Crop Tour

  NRCS Brooksville Plan Material Center

  March 4, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

  Call Janet Grabowski at 352-796-9600 ext 101


South Central Florida


- Florida Pomegranate Association Growers 

  Meeting. March 4, 2016, Wimauma

  More information and registration here


- Southwest FL Small Farmer Network Meeting

  February 22 from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm

  Circle C Farm, 951 Morris Taylor Road, Felda, FL 

  RSVP by emailing Vanessa at vbielema@ufl.edu


- Regional Small Farms Conference

  April 1 & 2, Fort Myers.
  For more information and registration here

South Florida

- Water Conservation Exposition and Vendor 

  Fair. February 19, West Palm Beach

  RSVP by calling 561- 682-2577 or 

  email sadams@sfwmd.gov




Other Events outside Florida


- Business of Farming Conference

  February 20 from 8:30am-5:00pm

  Asheville, North Carolina. More info here


- 2016 Cover Crop Conference

  July 18-19, 2016, Mt. Olive and Goldsboro, 

  North Carolina

  More information here








News and Announcements


- NRCS provides financial assistance for wildlife habitat, including gopher tortoise. More here


- New Food Safety Rule. Is my farm affected?

   More here


- Report shows SNAP effective in fight against food 

  insecurity. More here


- Peddling a New Model of Urban Farming. 

  More here


- Hoover Family Farms - Suwannee Valley BMP 

  Success Story. More here


- Florida International University supports veterans 

  and minorities interested in farming. More here


- Integrating Traditional Foods with Aquaponics in 

  the Desert Southwest. More here

- Water and Nutrient Management Guidelines for 

  Greenhouse Hydroponic Vegetable. Open here


- Improving the Precision of Blueberry Frost 

  Protection Irrigation. Open here


- Mutually beneficial pollinator diversity and crop yield outcomes in small and large farms. Open here


- Building Local and Regional Food Systems, by SARE. 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. 




About us

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.


We hope that you find this online newsletter useful.

Please send us your events, announcements, feedback, suggestions and questions to

Call us at 352-294-1692


UF/IFAS Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises Extension Team

PO Box 110690

Gainesville, FL 32611



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