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Tours, Workshops and Session Descriptions

Date updated: April 30, 2012

Information will be posted as it becomes available. Reference the agenda-at-a-glance to view sessions occurring concurrently.

Friday, July 27, 2012 - Tours Friday, July 27, 2012 - Workshops
Saturday, July 28, 2012 Sunday, July 29, 2012

Friday, July 27, 2012 – Horticulture Tour and Livestock Tour

Horticulture Tour – 1:00pm-5:00pm, Friday
Host: Richard Tyson, UF-IFAS Orange County Extension Director

Travel by bus to visit two local horticulture operations
Limited space and advanced registration required; Liability waiver required.

Green Sky Growers

Green Sky Growers is a hi-tech rooftop farm located in the historic district of Winter Garden, Florida.  It produces year-round fresh vegetables and fish without the use of harmful pesticides.

 

  • It uses environmentally friendly growing practices which include the harvesting of rainwater.
  • Multiple growing systems include hydroponic floating raft and vertical production systems as well as aquaponics. 
  • All the growing systems continuously recycle 100% of the nutrients and water.
  • The majority of food produced is available to the local Winter Garden community.

Aquatic Eco-Systems

Aquatic Eco-Systems is a world supplier of aquaculture and hydroponic equipment with 35 years experience headquartered in Apopka, Florida.  Recently branching out into aquaponic educational workshops, they have floating raft hydroponic and aquaculture systems setup to demonstrate one of the latest methods for co-producing vegetables and fish. 

Please note this is a farm tour and participants may expect to walk over uneven paths up to one half mile. Though every reasonable precaution will be taken to prevent injury, participants must sign a liability waiver in order to visit the farms. Closed toe shoes are required and no high heels will be permitted. Dress comfortably for the heat. Light refreshments provided.

The registration deadline is July 9 as long as space is available. Space is limited so we urge you to register early.

Click here to access the conference registration information page.

Depart Location: Buses will depart from the exhibition building located in the Osceola Heritage Park (OHP). Refer to the parking pass for location.

Depart time: 1:00pm – busses will depart promptly at 1:00pm. Plan to arrive by 12:45pm to board.


Livestock Tour - 1:00pm-5:00pm, Friday
Host: Ashley Fluke, UF-IFAS Osceola County Extension Service

Travel by bus to visit two local livestock farming operations
Limited space and advanced registration required; Liability waiver required.

Ashley’s Farm

Owned by Ashley Stahl, Ashley’s Farm, is a small meat goat operation located in St. Cloud, Florida.

Established in 2010, Ashley and family started raising Boer Goats for their own use for 4-H projects and sell the meat to the public. With increased 4-H projects and requests for meat, they began building their stock. At any given time they now have roughly 40-50 head of goat.

They have traditional Boers along with some solid Reds. They have a mixture of both Fullblood Registered stock as well as some percentage stock. They are members of the ABGA (American Boer Goat Association).

Several of their goats have been shown in the County Fair and have always shown very well, often taking Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion.

Double C Bar Ranch

Double C Bar Ranch is a family owned and operated Brahman Cattle ranch. Located in Kenansville, Florida, the ranch is home to some of the finest pure-bred Brahman Cattle.

The bulls have been sold for use in commercial cattle operations as well as to other Brahman Breeders for herd sires in their purebred herds. Along with the purebred Brahman Cattle, the ranch also has a herd of commercial and crossbred cattle. Their crossbred herds are made up of Brahman and Angus cattle.

In recent years, Double C Bar Ranch has expanded the commercial cattle side of the ranch to include local sales of beef.  The ranch raises both grass fed and grain fed beef.  They supply several farmers’ markets in the state and several restaurants. 

Please note this is a farm tour and participants may expect to walk over uneven paths up to one half mile. Though every reasonable precaution will be taken to prevent injury, participants must sign a liability waiver in order to visit the farms. Closed toe shoes are required and no high heels will be permitted. Dress comfortably for the heat. Light refreshments provided.

The registration deadline is July 9 as long as space is available. Space is limited so we urge you to register early.

Click here to access the conference registration information page.

Depart Location: Buses will depart from the exhibition building located in the Osceola Heritage Park (OHP). Refer to the parking pass for location.

Depart time: 1:00pm – busses will depart promptly at 1:00pm. Plan to arrive by 12:45pm to board.

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Speaker presentations and materials are linked directly after the session description or speaker name for speakers who chose to share their materials on this website.

Friday, July 27, 2012 – Workshops

FRIDAY WORKSHOPS

2:00-5:00.  TAKING THE MYSTERY OUT OF A FOOD SAFETY AUDIT
Take the mystery out of a third party food safety audit. Participants will compare several models and approaches for food safety training including Family Farmed’s On-Farm Food Safety Project and Global GAPs. The program will also focus on the Top 10 stumbling blocks when experiencing an audit and feature speakers that will share their personal experiences, as well as answer questions, on having walked through an on farm audit. 
   Moderator: Allison Meharg, UF-IFAS Escambia County Extension, Cantonment, FL
   Speaker: Dan Fenneman, UF-IFAS Madison County Extension, Madison, FL    |Presentation
   Speaker: Jay Fraleigh, Grow Eco, Madison, FL    |Presentation

2:00-5:00.  BUILDING CAPACITY FOR LOCAL FOOD SYSTEMS
This workshop is designed to foster a community of practice for local food systems work in Florida. Session leaders and participants will discuss the components and core competencies necessary for successful program development, explore the opportunities to create networks that can enhance current successes, and examine the role of UF/IFAS in supporting and facilitating these efforts.
   |Local Food Resources
   |District Map
   Moderator: Al Wysocki, UF-IFAS Food and Resource Economics Department, Gainesville, FL
   Moderator: Anna Prizzia, UF Office of Sustainability, Gainesville, FL
   Speaker: John O’Sullivan, Kellogg Foundation Endowed Chair of Community Based Food Systems,
     North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University, Greensboro, NC    |Presentation
   Speaker: Al Wysocki, UF-IFAS Food and Resource Economics Department, Gainesville, FL
   Speaker: Trish Strawn, Growing Synergy, Florida Food Policy Council and Slow Food Orlando, DeLeon Springs, FL
   Speaker: Val Leitner, Blue Oven Kitchens, Gainesville, FL
   Speaker: David Dinkins, UF-IFAS Multi-County Extension, Flagler, Putnam and St. John’s Counties
   Speaker: Kayla Gude, Panhandle Fresh Marketing Association   

2:00-5:00.  STARTING AND MANAGING SUCCESSFUL FARMER’S MARKETS
This workshop is for both experienced and new market managers, market sponsors, volunteers and vendors.  Participants will learn key elements successful market development, best practices for operating markets, organizational capacity building for markets and their sponsors, how markets fit into the bigger picture of food systems, new wireless technology, and existing resources and opportunities available to community markets in Florida.
   Moderator: Sharon Yeago, Farmers Market and Local Food Systems Consultant, High Springs, FL    |Presentation
   Speaker: Kim Lyons, Director of Business Development, Merchant Source®
   Speaker: Danny Raulerson, Bureau Chief, State Farmers’ Markets, FDACS, Tallahassee, FL
   Speaker: Amy Van Scoik, Frog Song Organics, Hawthorne, FL    |Presentation
   Speaker: Steve Peacock, Florida Department of Children & Families EBT Project Office    |Presentation
   Speaker: Chuck Peltier, Regional Manager, JP Morgan Chase

2:00-5:00.  FLORIDA FARM TO SCHOOL PROGRAMS
What do farmers, policy makers, children, dietitians, teachers, administrators and chefs have in common? Why, the Florida Farm to School program of course!  This workshop is designed to share success stories, identify partners and resources, and engage in a productive and enlightening dialog about Florida’s Farm to School program.
   |Bid Example
   Moderator: Karla Shelnutt, UF-IFAS Family Youth and Community Sciences, Gainesville, FL    |Presentation
   Moderator: Kelly Monaghan, Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education, Gainesville, FL
   Speaker: Robin Safley, Office of Food, Nutrition and Wellness, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer
     Services, Tallahassee, FL    |Presentation
   Speaker:
Eric Hahn, Director of External Operations, Localecopia Marketplace, L3C, Palm Beach County, FL
   Speaker: Quad Whitworh & Glenn Whitworth, President & Sales Manager, Whitworth Farms/Whitworth Sales,
     Boynton Beach, FL
   Speaker: Robert Kluson, Agriculture/Natural Research, Sarasota County Extension
   Speaker: Carol Chong, Director, Food & Menu Management, Miami-Dade County Public Schools    |Presentation
   Speaker: Lisa Gaskalla, Executive Director, Florida Ag in the Classroom, Gainesville, FL    |Presentation
   Speaker: Kirk Farquharson, Southeast Regional Office, Farm to School Coordinator, USDA    |Presentation

2:00-5:00.  COMMUNITY GARDENS 
Do communities grow gardens, or do gardens grow communities? This workshop is for county officials, outreach coordinators, master gardeners, extension agents, teachers, and others interested in establishing or maintaining gardens for education, nutrition, or fostering community. This interactive session will address zoning, water access, food safety, community organizing, marketing, and fundraising with a diverse group of seasoned community gardeners.  
   ModeratorEd Thralls, UF-IFAS Orange County Extension, Orlando, FL    |Presentation
   Speaker: Ed Thralls, UF-IFAS Orange County Extension, Orlando, FL    |Presentation
   SpeakerRobert Bowden, Executive Director of Harry P. Leu Gardens, Orlando, FL
   Speaker: Brad Burbaugh – UF-IFAS Duval County Extension, Jacksonville, FL
   Speaker: Bridgete McKenna, UF-IFAS Seminole County Extension, Sanford, FL    |Presentation
   Speaker: Georgeanna Butler, Orlando Police Department, Orlando, FL    |Presentation

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Saturday, July 28, 2012

HYDROPONICS
Track description: This track features advanced topics for hydroponic growers interested in fine tuning their system for increased efficiency and crop quality. For beginning growers, please plan on attending the Sunday session Hydroponics 101.  

11:00–12:00.  Fine Tuning Nutrient Solution and Irrigation Management
Attendees will learn what to do after setting up a floating or non-circulating hydroponic system and mixing the nutrient solution. Learn how to maintain optimal nutrient solution for lettuce production which is an elusive target when rainfall on outdoor systems occurs. Participants will also learn how to ensure crops are getting enough nutrient solution but not too much through leachate/irrigation ratio management.
   Moderator: Jim DeValerio, UF-IFAS Bradford County Extension, Starke, FL    |Presentation
   Speaker: Ronnie Schnell, UF-IFAS West Florida Research and Education Center, Jay, FL    |Presentation
   Speaker: Jim DeValerio, UF-IFAS Bradford County Extension, Starke, FL

1:30-3:00.  Choosing Varieties for Hydroponic Production
So many cultivars! What should I grow? Attending farmers will increase economic sustainability by hearing first hand grower experiences regarding variety selection of greenhouse tomato, cucumber, pepper and leafy green crops in various hydroponic production systems. The audience is encouraged to participate by asking the experts questions during this panel presentation and discussion session.
   Moderator: Susan Kelly, UF-IFAS Sumter County Extension, Bushnell, FL
   Speaker: Brad Patterson, The X-Farms, Bushnell, FL
   Speaker: Wanda Laughlin, UF-IFAS Suwannee Valley Agricultural Extension Center, Live Oak, FL    |Presentation 1    |Presentation 2
   Speaker: Oliver Kann, Heart of Christmas Farms, Christmas, FL    |Presentation
   Speaker: Wm. “Skeeter” Bethea, Pepper and Tomato Specialist, Enza Zaden, Myakka City, FL    |Presentation

4:30-5:30.  Biological and Chemical Insect Control in Greenhouses
Don’t let insect pests eat your lunch! Learn how to minimize pest management costs by using pest scouting as decision making tools to select appropriate biological and chemical insect control strategies. Attendees will also learn about important greenhouse exclusionary structural improvements, aimed to minimize pest insect greenhouse entry, that should be incorporated into all greenhouse pest management programs.
   Moderator: Mary Beth Henry, UF-IFAS Polk County Extension, Bartow, FL
   Speaker: Lance Osborne, Entomologist, Mid-Florida Research and Education Center, Apopka, FL
   Speaker: Jim DeValerio, UF-IFAS Bradford County Extension, Starke, FL    |Presentation

LIVESTOCK
Track description: A component of modern agriculture, livestock production is the practice of raising animals for subsistence or for profit. The farming of livestock for various human benefits raises the issue of the relationship between humans and animals, in terms of the status of animals and obligations of people. Educational sessions in this track will address these factors and highlight husbandry strategies for animal and human health, profit, subsistence and other benefits derived from livestock enterprising.

11:00 – 12:00.  FAMACHA Training and general parasite control in small livestock
The barber-pole worm (Haemonchus contortus) is the most devastating parasite in sheep and goats.  The primary impact of this parasite is anemia and loss of blood and protein, and it is resistant to many dewormers. The FAMACHA chart method significantly decreases the rate at which the Haemonchus parasite develops resistance, and once trained, producers use the chart to determine which animals should be treated. The FAMACHA chart is one component of an integrated farm management protocol among others which will be outlined in this session.
   Moderator: Roy Beckford, UF-IFAS Lee County Extension, Fort Myers, FL
   Speaker: Dr. Robert M. Purvis, DVM, FAMU, Tallahassee, FL    |Presentation

1:30-3:00.  The Value of using Heritage Breeds in Livestock and Poultry Production
Interest in heritage breeds of livestock has continued to grow as producers become increasingly aware of the demand for rare breeds of animals many of which have been brought back from the brink of extinction due to specialization over the decades. These historic breeds of livestock help to conserve genetic biodiversity on American farms, and provide added value well beyond their use for milk and meat. Experts will review various heritage poultry breeds and heritage cracker cattle in a rotational, intensive grazing system.
   Moderator: Robert Kluson, UF-IFAS Sarasota County Extension, Sarasota, FL
   Speaker: Jeff Scarborough, Crowley Museum, Sarasota, FL    |Presentation
   Speaker: Danny Williamson, Windmill Ranch and Good Shepherd Turkey Ranch, Lindsborg, KS    |Presentation

4:30 – 5:30.  Small Ruminant Production for Value Added Products
A farm’s value chain is part of a larger competitive agricultural system and enterprises that is made up of value chains of upstream suppliers of inputs and downstream channels and customers of primary and processed products. Before these can be achieved, legal and regulatory barriers and external threats must be crossed and these often dissuade prospective enterprisers. This session will examine these issues and provide clarity for finding solutions based on the experience of the presenters.
   Moderator: Roy Beckford, UF-IFAS Lee County Extension, Fort Myers, FL
   Speaker: Larry Woodis, Co-owner, Umbuzi Goat Farm (Certified Dairy), Fort Myers, FL    |Presentation
   Speaker: Robert Halman, UF-IFAS, Collier County, Naples, FL    |Presentation

LIVESTOCK EDUCATIONAL DEMONSTRATIONS
We are pleased to host our area farmers and ranchers as they display their livestock in the KVLS Livestock Arena.

Hair Sheep, C54 Ranch (C54 Ranch produces hair sheep and cattle)
   Steve Nagel, Owner, Valkaria, FL

Milk Goats, Heart of Christmas Farm (Produces goat products, grass-fed beef, lamb, pork and vegetables)
   Richard and Diane Kann, Owner, Christmas, FL

Fainting Goats, Raven’s Rest Farm (Breeder of fainting goats)
   Terri Lenoci, Owner, Grant, FL

Beef Cattle, Lazy A Ranch (Angus cow/calf operation)
   Rick Stotler, Owner, Apopka, FL

Poultry, Recycle Ranch (Heritage breeds of poultry and beef cattle)
   Jennifer and Joe Walter, Owners, Christmas, FL

Quail, [L&MC Farms] (Breeder of Japanic quail, cattle, goats and poultry)
   Leo Calligaro, Owner, Cocoa, FL

Llamas, [Sunshine State Llamas] (Llamas and goats)
   Lisa Dreggors, Owner, Silver Springs, FL

Alpacas, [Alpaca Magic USA] (Alpacas)
   Jean Riley, Owner, Homosassa, FL

Dorper Sheep, Happy Hills Farm (Breeder of full blood, pure and percent dorper sheep)
   Deborah Lepley, Owner, Babson Park, FL

HORTICULTURE
Track description: The horticulture track will focus on the core of a small farm operation - diversification.  The sessions are designed to encourage growers to expand their production palettes by exploring specialty crops such as cut flowers and foliage.  Along with these specialty care, which will be addressed through proper water and nutrient management and thinking outside the box with day-to-day farm tasks.

11:00-12:30.  Drip Irrigation Design and Nutrient Uptake
Irrigation system design is critical for effective nutrient management. Crop nutrients are extremely mobile and are prone to high rates of leaching in Florida’s sandy soils. During this session participants will learn about drip irrigation technology and efficient timing including a hands-on setup of a drip irrigation system. Attendees will also have an opportunity to ask questions of a panel of specialists.
   Moderator: Gary England, UF-IFAS Lake County Extension
   Speaker: Lincoln Zotarelli, UF-IFAS Horticultural Sciences, Gainesville, FL    |Presentation 
   Speaker: Dan Fenneman, UF-IFAS Madison County Extension Service, Madison, FL
   Speaker: Mike Alligood, UF-IFAS Horticultural Sciences, Gainesville, FL

2:00-3:00.  Low Cost Production Solutions
Interested in identifying creative solutions to costly farming implements? This session will feature two Central Florida Vegetable Growers. Information will be presented on the farm equipment development and adaptation to reduce production costs.
   Moderator: Blake Thaxton, UF-IFAS Santa Rosa County Extension
   Speaker: Jonathan Morris, Vegetable Grower, Sanford, FL    |Presentation
   Speaker: Tom Carey, Sundew Gardens, Oviedo, FL

4:30-5:30.  Cut Flower/Foliage Production
Interested in establishing cut flower operation or diversifying your crop portfolio? This session will feature a UF Researcher and a Central Florida Cut Flower Producer.  Information will be presented on the production of cut flowers and foliage.
   Moderator: Juanita Popenoe, UF-IFAS Lake County Extension Director
   Speaker: Bob Stamps, UF-IFAS Mid-Florida Research and Education Center    |Presentation
   Speaker: Anna Prizzia, Forage Farm, Gainesville, FL    |Presentation

ORGANIC AND SUSTAINABLE FARMING
Track description: Farmers strive to make management decisions that are economically, environmentally and socially sustainable. Consumer interest and support of local food systems is fostering new partnerships among farmers and buyers. We begin with the consumer, and discuss major themes, barriers, and opportunities in the organic market. Next, we return to the farm for advanced pest and soil management and look for ways to put natural inputs, cultural practices and the ecology to work to achieve farming system success.  

11:00-12:30Capturing the Organic Market
For certified organic producers or producers who are thinking about becoming certified, this is a “can’t miss” session if you want to sell before you grow! This is your chance to discuss market opportunities with a diverse panel of buyers, managers, and marketing experts. Find out what’s hot and what’s not, how to avoid common mistakes and market like a superstar.
   Moderator: Marty Mesh, Florida Organic Growers and Consumers, Inc. and Quality Certification Services (QCS),
    Gainesville, FL
   Speaker: Marty Mesh, Florida Organic Growers and Consumers, Inc. and QCS, Gainesville, FL    |Presentation
   Panelist: Dee Dee Digby, Organic Food Distribution Expert/Local and Organic Food Consultant, Atlanta, GA
   Panelist: Chris Bell, InterNatural Marketing, Lake Worth, FL
   Panelist: Sharon Yeago, Farmers Market and Local Food Systems Consultant, High Springs, FL  
   Panelists: Annie and Jack Malka, Annie’s Buying Club, Osprey, FL

2:00-3:00Organic Pest Management
This advanced session describes the connection between soil health and disease, and how to best manage diseases and other pests from a systems perspective.  
   Moderator: Jose Perez,Florida Organic Growers and Consumers, Inc., Gainesville, FL
   Speaker: Ariena van Bruggen, UF-IFAS Emerging Pathogens Institute, Gainesville, FL    |Presentation
   Speaker: Kevin O’Dare, Osceola Organic Farm, Vero Beach, FL    |Presentation

4:30-5:30.  Alternative Soil Management
If your soil could talk, what would it tell you? Cover crops and nutrient balancing will be some of the topics of conversation in this session exploring alternative tillage and nutrient management practices. Case studies from 2 farms will exemplify novel approaches.  
   Moderator: Gary England, UF-IFAS Lake County Extension, Tavares, FL
   Speaker: Ben McLean III, Uncle Matt’s Organics, Clermont, FL    |Presentation
   Speaker: Kirk Brock, Brock Farms, Monticello, FL    |Presentation
   Speaker: Danielle Treadwell, UF-IFAS Horticultural Sciences, Gainesville, FL

THE BUSINESS OF FARMING
Track description: You know how to grow vegetables but can you grow your farm business?  In the ‘Business of Farming’ session you will learn how to produce profits through strategic planning and break even analysis. By the end of this session you will also understand how to assess the internal strengths and weaknesses of your farm. This informative session will also cover estate planning so you can remain financially secure once you make that big decision step down. So whether you’re just starting out or thinking about passing down your farm, the ‘Business of Farming’ will provide you with the tools to help grow, expand or pass down your family farm. 

11:00-12:30.  Passing Down the Farm
You’ve worked long and hard growing your family farm business. As you think about who will succeed you and take over running the family business, many questions and issues have to be addressed to ensure the continued operation of the family farm.  In this workshop we’ll cover financial and estate planning strategies as well as mistakes to avoid so that you can remain financially secure when that big decision becomes reality.
   Moderator: Linda Landrum, UF-IFAS Extension Agent Emeritus
   Speaker: Frank J. Yong, Small Business Development Center, Jacksonville, FL

2:00-3:00.  Setting a Price through Break-even Analysis
In this workshop you will learn how to use break-even as a powerful planning and decision-making tool in your family farm business.  Attendees will learn what break-even is and how to calculate it. Understand the relationship between price, volume and costs, and how to grow profits using break-even analysis.
   Moderator: Linda Landrum, UF-IFAS Extension Agent Emeritus
   Speaker: Dr. Philip Geist and Mike Chung, Small Business Development Center, Jacksonville, FL    |Presentation
   Speaker: Eva Worden, Worden Farms, Punta Gorda, FL    |Presentation

4:30-5:30.  Farmer to Farmer Strategic Enterprise Assessments
Strategic enterprise assessments are methods for analyzing a business, its resources, and its environment. SEA’s are commonly used as part of strategic planning and helps you too look at your internal strengths & weaknesses. SEA’s can also help your business to discover what you do better than the competition and what competitors do better than your business.
   |Districts

   Moderator: Ed Skvarch, UF-IFAS St. Lucie County Extension
   Speaker: Al Wysocki, Professor UF-IFAS Food and Resource Economics Department    |Presentation

BEGINNING FARMER AND RANCHER
Track description: Designed for aspiring and beginning farmers, second career farm entrepreneurs, and landowners interested in developing farming enterprises, which include fruit and vegetable production and who have 2-5 years of experience managing a farm.  The workshop will focus on business and marketing startup, soil and fertility management and crop selection using lecture and group work activities.

11:00–12:00.  Building a Business and Marketing Plan
Get your farm off to the right start with a solid plan!  This session will feature business professionals with expertise in building business and marketing plans and offer resources to help new farmers obtain land, apply for credit and navigate legal business decisions.
   |Business Plan

   Moderator: Jacob Leech, Florida West Coast RC&D Council, Inc., Ellenton, FL
   Speaker: Jonathan Borghi, Farm Credit of FL, Homestead, FL    |Presentation

1:30-3:00.  Healthy Soils Healthy Farms
Participants will be able to describe the components of a healthy soil and their importance for growing crops. Additionally, the workshop will use lecture, farm scenarios, and sample data to create a soil management plan to maintain or improve soil organic matter on their farms.
   Moderator: Rose Koenig UF-IFAS Agronomy Department, Gainesville, FL    |Presentation
   Moderator: Juan Carlos Rodriquez UF Post Doctoral Researcher, Gainesville, FL 
   Speakers: Rose Koenig and Juan Carlos Rodriquez

4:30-5:30.  Selecting Crops to Fit Your Farm Marketing Plan
Participants will be able to examine different production and marketing considerations to make decisions about how to choose, schedule and sell their crops.  The lectures and activities in this session use visual imagery, sample data and scenarios of farms in Florida.
   Moderator: Rose Koenig UF-IFAS Agronomy Department, Gainesville, FL
   Moderator: Juan Carlos Rodriquez UF Post Doctoral Researcher, Gainesville, FL     
   Speakers: Rose Koenig and Juan Carlos Rodriquez

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Sunday, July 29, 2012

9:00 – 12:00.  RENEWABLE ENERGY OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUR FARM
Energy use in any agricultural enterprise is a major cost of production, these can include crop system in puts for production, storage, handling, marketing. All traditionally use fossil fuel energy. Transitioning away from these traditional forms of energy and implementing renewable alternatives requires creative thinking and economic considerations and evaluation of how these technologies might fit into your enterprise.
   Moderator: Clay Olson, UF-IFAS Taylor County Extension, Perry, FL
   Moderator: Susan Kelly, UF-IFAS Sumter County Extension, Bushnell, FL
   Speaker: David Ryan, National Center for Appropriate Technology, Butte, MT    |Presentation
   Speaker: Clay Olson, UF-IFAS Taylor County Extension, Perry, FL    |Presentation
   Speaker: Sean French, Alternative Energy Solutions, Palatka, FL
   Speaker: Mike Goodchild, UF-IFAS Walton County Extension, DeFuniak Springs, FL
   This session includes a biodiesel truck demonstration and wood gas powered vehicle outside the IFAS
    extension building.

9:00 – 12:00.  HYDROPONICS 101
This young farmer couple will explain and answer questions on hydroponic systems at the 101 level.  Drawing from the experience of their four year old operation, this couple will provide practical demonstrations and an overview of hydroponic options for the new grower.  Their farm located in Hobe Sound, FL grows many varieties of greens, tomatoes, broccoli, and cauliflower in addition to herbs and edible flowers.
   Moderator: Fred Burkey, UF-IFAS Martin County Extension, Stuart, FL
   Speaker: Natalie Parkell, Vertical Horizon Farm, Hobe Sound, FL    |Presentation    |Pics 1    |Pics 2
   Speaker: Kevin Osburn, Vertical Horizon Farm, Hobe Sound, FL

9:00 – 12:00.  PASTURED POULTRY
If you are interested in raising heritage turkeys for holiday markets, then join our special guest speaker, Danny Williamson, owner of Windmill Ranch in Lindsborg, Kansas share his years of experience in turkey production, enterprise management and marketing in practical terms for the small to mid-sized farmer. Danny serves as the General Manager and CFO of Good Shepherd Turkey Ranch in Tampa, KS, the largest grower of "heritage" turkeys in the country (www.goodshepherdpoultryranch.com). Topics include an introduction to free range production including breed selection, brooding, nutrition, marketing heritage birds, the economics of outdoor systems and more.
   Moderator: Elena Toro, UF-IFAS Suwannee County Extension, Live Oak, FL
   Speaker: Danny Williamson, Windmill Ranch and Good Shepherd Turkey Ranch, Lindsborg, KS    |Presentation

9:00 – 12:00.  GOOD BUG, BAD BUG ID
Learn the basics of insect identification and control and get more familiar with biological control with this hands on session.  Common insect pests will be reviewed as well as naturally occurring and commercially available biological control agents.  Live specimens and microscopes will help participants gain experience and implement their knowledge on the farm.
   Moderator: Mary Beth Henry, UF-IFAS Polk County Extension, Bartow, FL
   Speaker: Lance Osborne, UF-IFAS Mid-Florida Research and Education Center, Apopka, FL    |Presentation
   Speaker: Hugh Smith UF-IFAS Gulf Coast Research and Education Center, Wimauma, FL
   Assistant: Irma Herrera, UF-IFAS Mid-Florida Research and Education Center, Apopka, FL
   Assistant: Fabieli Irizarry, UF-IFAS Mid-Florida Research and Education Center, Apopka, FL

9:00 – 12:00.  FLORIDA’S COTTAGE FOOD INDUSTRY AND BEYOND
The Florida Department of Agriculture’s Cottage Food law provides opportunities for small farm operators to enhance their offerings and improve their cash flow. We will review the Cottage Food Law, the permits required for inspected kitchens, minimum construction standards for mobile kitchens, and discuss how mobile kitchens foster local food systems.
   Moderator: Amy Simonne, UF-IFAS Family Youth and Community Sciences    |Presentation
   Speaker: Vivian Knippen, FDACS, Tallahassee, FL    |Presentation
   Speaker:Brenda Morris, FDACS, Tallahassee, FL    |Presentation
   Speaker: Anna Johnson, Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR), Tallahassee, FL    |Presentation  
   Speaker: Valerie Leitner, Blue Oven Kitchens, Gainesville, FL

9:00 – 12:00.  SPECIALTY MUSHROOMS AS AN ENTERPRISE
Learn how to grow shiitake and oyster mushrooms through two different production systems.  One production system uses hardwood logs to produce mushrooms and the other system uses a media and bag for production.  Additionally, a restaurateur shares his seasonal needs and what he is looking for when purchasing products locally.
   |Resources
   Moderator: Aparna Gazula, UF-IFAS Alachua County Extension, Gainesville, FL
   Moderator: Carolyn Saft, UF-IFAS Suwannee County Extension, Live Oak, FL
   Speaker: Log Production: Carolyn Saft    |Presentation
   Speaker: Bag Production: Aparna Gazula    |Presentation
   Speaker: Bag production demonstration: Sue Greimel, Melrose FL
   Speaker: Log production demonstration: Art Shiver, High Springs, FL
   This session includes a log and bag demonstration on the west side of the Exhibition Building

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FL Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises Conference!
August 2-4, 2013
Kissimmee, Florida

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   June 26, 2012

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   July 9, 2012
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- N.C. A&T State University

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