Involvement in production agriculture can provide an alternative source of income as well as other financial, physical, and emotional benefits for you and your family. For many Lake County residents, farming can provide the opportunity to put their land to work. UF/IFAS Lake County Extension in cooperation with the Lake County Library System have hosted a yearlong series on Small Farming designed to help new and small scale farmers explore their production options, understand the business of agriculture, and minimize risks. Workshops in this series have covered production techniques for a variety of crops and animal products ranging from grapes to goats! Of course, good production means nothing if the product is not marketed correctly. The final class in the 2011-2012 Small Farms Series, entitled Marketing and Value Added Products, will be held on Tuesday September 18th at the Umatilla Public Library from noon until 1:30. The instructors will be Megan Brew, Lake County Livestock and Natural Resource agent and Susan Kelly, Sumter County Community Development agent.
Lake County Extension is a branch of the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) in cooperation with the Lake County Board of County Commissioners. UF/IFAS Lake County Extension provides access to the latest research on more than 2,000 subjects of interest including agriculture, urban horticulture, and healthy living. UF/IFAS Lake County Extension brings the resources and expertise of the University of Florida to your hometown!
Classes in the Small Farms Series, are offered free of charge. The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) is an Equal Opportunity Institution authorized to provide research, educational information and other services only to individuals and institutions that function with non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations. For more information on the Small Farm Series, or other opportunities in agriculture please contact Meg Brew, UF IFAS Lake County Livestock Agent, at 352-343-4101