Of Florida’s 47,000 farms, 93% are considered small farms. According the the latest USDA data, in Collier County there are 322 farms, 139 new and beginning farmers and 4% of total farms in the county that sell direct to consumer ... READ MORE
Mango season is coming to an end here in Southwest Florida, but the longans are ready to harvest!
Longan tree at the UF/IFAS Collier County Extension Grove, Ryals, J. 2021
This delicious fruit tree is well adapted to tropical climates ... READ MORE
Are you wondering if you can use home-grown tropical fruit from your farm or yard to make allowable or baked Cottage Food items?
The short answer is yes. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) notes Cottage Food ... READ MORE
Due to COVID-19, we are canceling the in person meeting at the Estates Library (originally scheduled for Saturday, May 23rd at 1:00 PM). We're going virtual on Wednesday, June 3rd at 6:00PM. We hope you can log on for the Collier County Small ... READ MORE
Saturday, March 14, 2020 - Kissimmee, FL
If you are considering starting or expanding a small farm business, this workshop will help you find the answers you need.
Presentations and discussions include:
Osceola County and State regulations ... READ MORE
Farm-based businesses have expanding opportunities to offer unique products, entertainment, and services to locals or visitors from around the world. Osceola County’s recent increase in new residents has brought in both new farm operators ... READ MORE
Join us on July 14th from 10am-12pm to learn about some new chicken treats and toys! This annual workshop will discuss some options to keep your hens cool during the hot Florida summer and keep them entertained! Attendees will participate ... READ MORE
Backyard poultry is growing in popularity every day as people want to connect back to their food sources and let's be honest, who doesn't love chickens? Some cities, like Jacksonville, have ordinances in place that allow those zoned in residential ... READ MORE
There are a lot of horse “ranchettes” that are minimal in size, about 2-10 acres in total. The UF/IFAS recommended stocking rate is about 2 acres per horse, and if we are going to push that limit our management must be top notch. Here are ... READ MORE