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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Help Our Friends at Porters Community Farm

Help Porters Community Farm start a Youth Team

Porters Community Farm is applying for a grant from Seeds of Change to help work more with local youth. They need YOUR help! 

If the farm is selected, they will be able to form a youth team that will work on the farm for a full year and help develop a Florida gardening guide for kids that will be shared across the state.

Visit the Seeds of Change website and type in "Porters" in the search field to vote. You can vote once per day and the deadline is April 21!  

Sunday, April 6, 2014

2014 American Community Garden Association Conference

35th Anniversary Conference Call for Proposals
Chicago is hosting the 2014 American Community Garden Association Conference August 7-10, 2014 at the world famous Field Museum. The theme for this year’s 35th anniversary conference is “Gateway to Community in the City of Neighborhoods” which reflects the geographic makeup of our host city, Chicago, which was also the birthplace of ACGA in 1979.

We are now accepting proposals from individuals who would like to lead an education session during the conference. Selected presenters can earn a $100 discount towards their conference registration.

The conference will provide over forty workshops, round tables and tours highlighting best practices and innovative strategies from presenters from all over the world. This premier networking event for community garden professionals and practitioners is essential for those interested in starting, maintaining or growing a successful community garden or community garden program. Your experiences are valuable and we welcome your wisdom at the conference. 
Click here for details.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

S-Trail Walk and Run for Health and Wellness

What's a walk and run have to do with community gardens?                                                 Well, Northwest Jacksonville Community Development Corporation is challenging neighborhood associations and local churches to take part in the S-Trail walk and run. Community gardens rely on their neighborhood associations so let's get out there and say thanks to our Friends. For more information and to register please call Gerrie Ford-Hardon at 904-598-9196. 

Friday, April 4, 2014

Growing for Profit

Suwannee Valley 
 Ag Extension Center 
 8202 CR 417 
 Live Oak, FL 32060 

These series of classes focus on the business of farming and will feature a wide variety of topics. The goal is to provide agricultural producers of all sizes, industries, and stages of growth the tools to succeed at the business of farming.

Whether a prospective small farmer or an established family farm evaluating growth, these classes have something to offer. Topics include developing a business plan for your operation, legal and tax structures suited for farming, tax basics, succession planning, and financing the agricultural enterprise.

April 15, 2014                                                               May 20, 2014 
Financing the Farm and                                               Tax Facts and Legal Basics
Financial Record keeping and Ratios

June 17, 2014                                                               July 15, 2014 
Agricultural Regulations and Permitting                      Agricultural Labor and Human 

Cost*: $25/session                                                         Time: 3:00pm—6:30pm 
 $125/series                                                                   (Unless otherwise noted)
*Registration includes resource materials 
 and dinner

For more information contact: 
                            Sarah White                                                      Marice Hague
                            Program Coordinator                                         Community Relations
                            386-362-1725, ext.                                            102 904-620-1071 

Sean McCoy 
Regional Specialized Agent 
386-362-1725, ext. 105 

To register online visit: 


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Encouraging Pollinators, Beneficial Insects, and Other Good Guys

"A Whole-Farm Approach to Managing Pests"

UF/IFAS Small Farms Academy

Saturday, May 17, 2014 from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM (EDT)

8202 Creek 417

Live OakFL 32060

Who Should Attend This Workshop?
  • Beginning Farmers
  • Small Farmers
  • Large Farmers

Topics Covered Include:
  • Insect Identification
  • Birds, Bats, and Pollinator Habitats
  • Cover Cropping and Trap Crops
  • Insect Collection and Identification
  • Plants with Extra Floral Nectaries

Please sign in to EventBrite to register for the event. Early bird Registration ends May 2, 2014!

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Monday, March 31, 2014

Vegetable Grafting Workshop

Vegetable Grafting Workshop 
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 • 9:00am—4:30pm 
Suwannee Valley Agricultural Extension Center 
8202 CR 417, Live Oak, FL 32060 
Cost: $50 per person 

This workshop is for farmers interested in learning about using grafting as an integrative tool for 
vegetable production. The program, presented by Dr. Xin Zhao of UF/IFAS Horticultural Sciences 
Department, Dr. Erin Rosskopf of USDA ARS, and Dr. Richard Hassell of Clemson University, will 
feature hands-on grafting practice and discuss a variety of topics such as:

  • Grafted Vegetable Production Worldwide 
  • Benefits and Challenges of Vegetable Grafting 
  • Grafting Demonstration 
  • Grafting Methods and Grafted Transplant Production 
  • Grafting Practice: Tomato, Melon, and Watermelon 
  • Healing Process 
  • Research Update: Grafted Tomato, Melon, and Watermelon Studies
To register online, visit: 

To register by mail, send form and payment to: 
(checks payable to) University of Florida 7580 County Road 136 • Live Oak, FL 32060 

For more information, contact: 
Sarah White                                     OR                 Karen Hancock                                           
386-362-1725, ext. 102                                          386-362-1725, ext. 101

Saturday, March 29, 2014

“Building Your Own Farm’s Food Safety Manual”

Food Safety Workshop 
 “Building Your Own Farm’s Food Safety Manual” 
 Monday, April 21, 2014 
Straughn IFAS Extension Professional Development Center, 
2142 Shealy Drive • PO Box 110225 • Gainesville, FL 32611-0225

The University of Florida/IFAS Extension is offering a one-day workshop to help growers actually develop their own food safety manuals!! When you complete this one day workshop, you will have built the main parts of your own food safety manual. The class will be held at the Straughn IFAS Extension Professional Development Center in Gainesville, FL. 

Topics to be Discussed:

  • General Information 
  • Site Selection 
  • Adjacent land Use 
  • Fertilizer Usage 
  • Water Usage 
  • Field Sanitation 
  • Reviews of Food Safety Plans 
  • Self-Audits 
  • Preparing for a Third Party Audit 

For registration and a complete itinerary please see the flyer. Registration for the workshop ends April 18. Please note while registration ends April 18, the class is limited to the first 20 farms and early registration is advisable to secure a spot. For more information please contact Aparna Gazula at 352 – 955 - 2402 or