Florida Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises Conference 2013

This is not a formal group Meetup but still an excellent opportunity for those interested in becoming more active players in the local food system. Early bird registration discount has been extended to Sunday July 14th.

This conference is targeted at:

Small family farms
Transitional farmers
Beginning farmers
Allied-industry representatives
Educators and researchers
Agricultural associations
Anyone interested in becoming a part of, and strengthening, the small farm community in Florida.


The purpose of the annual Florida Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises Conference is to provide farmers with up-to-date, research-based, in-depth educational information. The conference aims to facilitate solutions-based collaboration by encouraging networking and an open dialog among members of Florida’s small farms community. Additionally, the conference is an excellent vehicle for increasing awareness of Florida’s small farms industry, which organizers accomplish by including participation from decision makers and supporting institutions, and partners from the public sector.

Through concurrent educational sessions led by industry experts and noted researchers, the annual Florida Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises Conference provides opportunities for attendees to learn about groundbreaking research and access educational support about topics such as operating sustainable and profitable enterprises, integrating cost-effective methods to meet state regulations, and applying the latest research to real-world problems. Attendees also participate in workshops, hands-on demonstrations, and organized networking activities, enabling them to share their knowledge while interacting with peers from all over the state.

For more information http://www.conference.ifas.ufl.edu/smallfarms/index.html

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  • Kirsta M.

    I'm new to Florida, searching for local sources for foods, and creative community interactions with environmental concerns.
    This group sounds interesting !

    September 10, 2013

    • Roger L.

      Lots of great resources in the area...you missed a great meeting tonight, try to catch the next one :)

      September 10, 2013

    • Roger L.

      Thanks for the seedlings! There are a lot of events going on in the area on a regular basis...check out this event for a great opportunity to find out more about edibles that grow well in our area! www.facebook.com/events/­[masked]

      1 · September 11, 2013

  • Jayne

    I was so grateful to have gone. I am not a farmer but learned a lot about our current small farm food system and feel much bettter informed to support the system. Learned a lot that I can use in Edible School gardens and my own back yard garden as well. I was particularly excited to see a Permaculture segment!

    1 · August 12, 2013

  • Jayne

    I am so glad that I went. So important to understand the concerns of farmers to be better able to support our local food system!

    1 · August 12, 2013

  • Lauren D.

    Enjoyed the conference. Always interesting to catch a glimpse into the production side of things. Great to make new connections.

    1 · August 12, 2013

  • Roger L.

    Really enjoyed it, I recommend other's try to make it next year...lots of good content and food...if you prefer vegan or vegetarian be sure to indicate that on your registration...you can always eat the meat if you like in addition to the vegan / vegetarian dishes..

    August 9, 2013

  • Mitch B.

    Looking forward to another great conference.

    1 · July 27, 2013

  • Nancy M

    Is there a car pool available? please call or write Nancy[masked] or [masked]

    July 25, 2013

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