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Category: Horticulture

Starting a Farm in Alachua County – Plan

Without laying out a plan, a Farm Business Plan, plants may grow but the farm, most likely, will not be successful. The first step you should consider, especially if you are starting a farm in… Read More

Starting a Farm in Alachua County – Choosing and growing your crop successfully

Choosing the right agricultural commodity for you can be a head-scratching process. When choosing, look at your current assets such as knowledge, expertise, equipment, network, etc. Your previous experiences and connections can help you significantly… Read More

Starting a Farm in Alachua County – General resources for prospective and beginning farmers

When doing your research on your new farm or on sections of your business plan, you will find plenty of websites and it can be overwhelming. Where to start? What websites are reliable? To keep… Read More

Starting a Farm in Alachua County – Education opportunities

Agricultural Entrepreneurship Registration for the series is now FULL. If you are interested in further developing your entrepreneurial skills for your agricultural business, we offer an annual series of short courses for potential and beginning… Read More

Starting a Farm in Alachua County – Land

Assuming that you already have access to the land where you plan to farm (either own it or lease it), one of the first steps to take before starting an agricultural operation is to confirm… Read More

Starting a Farm in Alachua County – Overview

One of the most frequent questions I receive as a commercial horticulture agent is: What can I grow in Alachua County that is easy to grow and will be profitable? There are no simple answers… Read More

COVID-19 and UF/IFAS Extension

Updated 03/16/20 As we continue to monitor COVID-19 in Florida, I wanted to take a moment to update our UF/IFAS Extension community about our current status, best practices and next steps. Please call your local… Read More

Emeralds of the Landscape: Florida’s Blueberries

An Important Agricultural Commodity Sprinkled around Alachua County, these tiny, blue, and sweet agricultural emeralds flourish. They are found at large agricultural production farms or in someone’s backyard. Of course, I am referring to blueberries…. Read More

The Power of Spuds

The Powerful Spud Last Friday was Valentine’s Day, so, like always, I end up singing “The Power of Love” by Huey Lewis and the News. As an extension agent, Valentine’s Day also serves as an… Read More

Pesticide Applicator Licensing in Florida

Pesticide Licensing and Training in Alachua County In order to apply restricted use pesticides in the state of Florida, one must obtain and maintain a pesticide applicator’s license.  Regulation of these licenses is the responsibility… Read More