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Gulf Coast Small Farm Spring Field Day – May 29

All commercial vegetable growers are encouraged to attend the 2015 Spring Vegetable Field Day that will be held on May 29th at the UF/IFAS West Florida Research Education Center (4253 Experiment Way, Jay Florida). This year’s field day stops high tunnel organic tomatoes, high tunnel cucumbers, watermelon variety trial, disease identification control in melons, and …

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Small Farm Blueberry Production for the Panhandle

Blueberry Cluster – Image Credit UF / IFAS – Jim Olmstead, In the Florida Panhandle, blueberry jam, blueberry cobbler and fresh blueberries seem to be a staple. This is because there are many local, u-pick, direct-market, and wholesale growers who provide a top quality product. Farmers wanting to add blueberries to their operations sometimes struggle …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/03/13/small-farm-blueberry-production-for-the-panhandle/

2015 Small Farms Series: Organic Vegetable Production Course in January

UF/IFAS Extension offices across the Panhandle and three locations in Alabama will be offering a three night Organic Vegetable Production series starting on the evening of January 15th.  The classes will be taught by university professionals who have a great deal of experience in organic production.  The class will be geared to farmers who want to …

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2015 Small Farms Series coming in January!

    2015 Small Farms Series coming in January! Image Credit: UF / IFAS The three week series will be offered at 12 locations from Mobile, Alabama eastward to Jefferson County, Florida via interactive video conferencing.  This technology allows state specialists to reach a wide audience from the comfort of their local county extension offices.  …

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USDA Microloans Available for Small Farms

The Microloan Program, available through USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA), is a relatively new option to help beginning farmers get started, or to assist existing small farms expand their operations. This program offers more flexible access to credit and is an attractive loan alternative for smaller farming operations, including the non-traditional, which often encounter limited …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/04/26/usda-microloans-available-for-small-farms/

Gardening in Small Spaces

Container garden. Image: Julie McConnell, UF/IFAS Living in a condo, apartment, or home with small yard does not mean you can’t garden at home.  Whether you are interested in edible plants or ornamentals you can create a fit that is right for your space by using containers. The first step in container gardening is the …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/04/01/gardening-in-small-spaces/

American Snowbell: Native Flowering Shrub-Like Small Tree for Wet Areas in the Landscape

Robert H. Mohlenbrock @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA SCS. 1991. Southern wetland flora: Field office guide to plant species. South National Technical Center, Fort Worth.   Found throughout the North Florida Panhandle, the American snowbell, Styrax americanus, is a native small flowering tree.  In his book, The Trees of Florida, Gil Nelson describes the …

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Is my Small Farm Organic?

Clear Creek Farms, Santa Rosa County (Photo Credits: Vic Campbell) What is Organic Crop Production? There are many Small Farms all throughout the Panhandle wishing to tap into the organic production market.  Misconceptions of organic production lead some to believe it is as simple as avoiding spraying “poisons” or pesticides, and to use organic forms …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2013/08/09/is-my-small-farm-organic/

New Small Farm Poultry and Egg Regulations Coming

Regulation changes are close which will make it more economically feasible for small poultry producers to sell poultry and eggs A public hearing relative to Limited Poultry and Egg Farm Operations, Chapter 5K-4 of the Florida Administrative Code was held Friday, May 24, 2013 in Tallahassee, Florida. Public comment was taken on the proposed rule …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2013/06/01/new-small-farm-poultry-and-egg-regulations-coming/

Small Farms field day a great success!

The Gulf Coast Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises inaugural event was a great success!  Over 80 people came out and took part in the field day that included stops about food safety regulations, drip and orchard irrigation, trap crops, construction of hydroponic lettuce float beds, and greenhouse hydroponic production.  Check out the photos and video from the …

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