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October - December 2011     VOLUME 15 ISSUE 4
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Lake County Small Farm Series: Big Success on Small Acreage?

Are you interested in making your land work for you? Whether you have 1 or 100 acres, agriculture can provide an alternative source of income as well as other financial, physical, and emotional benefits for you and your family. The Lake County Library System will partner The University of Florida's (UF/IFAS) Livestock and Natural Resources to present a series of workshops for the small farm. Lake County Small Farm Series: Big Success on Small Acreage will begin with Small Farm Management, Tuesday, October 18th. The first session will be held at the Umatilla Public Library from 12 – 1:30 p.m. The second session will be held at the Cooper Memorial Library in Clermont from 6 - 7:30 p.m. This will be the first of the series designed to assist the small farm businesses in Lake County.

In Small Farm Management, Megan Brew, Livestock and Natural resources extension agent for Lake County, Julie England, Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Agent for Lake County and Susan Kelly, Sumter County Extension Director will be exploring the many agricultural enterprises available to central Florida land owners. You will have the opportunity to discover your own talents, resources and interests and use this information to hone in on the particular farm ventures that might best benefit you!

On November 15th, Ms. Brew will present Alternative Enterprises. Farming is more than cows, sows, and plows! Join us for a fun evening learning about the many non-traditional agricultural opportunities available today. We will be covering bee keeping, mushroom growing, and agri-tourism amongst other topics. Come prepared to learn and bring your imagination along!

Small business owners and anyone interested in creating their own small farm are invited to attend these free programs. Registration is greatly appreciated. For information or to register call (352) 343-4101.