Do you enjoy working outdoors? Have you always wanted to earn a living off the land? If so, the Lake County Small Farm Series: Big Success on Small Acreage is for you! This twelve part series, brought to you free through a partnership between the Lake County Library System and the University of Florida’s IFAS Extension Service, is designed to introduce landowners to the many agriculture business opportunities available in Central Florida. Participants will learn about the risks and benefits of small scale farming in a fun and interactive learning environment. The next session will be held on Tuesday January 17th at the Umatilla Public Library, 412 Hatfield Drive in Umatilla from noon – 1:30 p.m., and repeated that evening at the Cooper Memorial Library, 2525 Oakley Seaver Drive in Clermont from 6 - 7:30 p.m. This will be the third in the year-long free monthly series.
The January 17th session addresses vegetable crop production and is designed to introduce Lake County landowners to the practical knowledge needed to get started in the vegetable business. Topics to be addressed include start up costs, risk management, marketing and technical skills. The class will be taught by Lake County Urban Horticulture Agent, Charles Fedunak and multi-county Vegetable Production Agent, Matt Lollar. For more information on this class or others in the series please contact Meg Brew, Lake County Livestock and Natural Resources Agent.
Small business owners and anyone interested in creating their own small farm for commercial or personal reasons will benefit from these free programs. Pre-registration is greatly appreciated. For information or to register call (352) 343-4101 ext. 2723.