Televised Workshops Offered To Small Farm Producers

August 31, 2009

Upcoming training sessions will give farmers in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties the opportunity to learn about new markets, regulations that impact their farms and how to get their products to market.

There will be four televised weekly sessions beginning on September 10 from 6 to 8 p.m.. These workshops can be accessed through several participating extension offices statewide.

The programs are free to everyone, but participants should register by September 4. The availability of program notebooks and materials at the Santa Rosa County, Milton Extension office location will be based on pre-registration numbers.

The first session will cover state food regulations and federal food laws as they apply to Florida. Session two on September 17 covers potential markets and sales venues, as well as how to price various products. Session three on September 24 discusses marketing skills and packaging requirements, while session four on October 1 will cover basic merchandising, marketing, cash flow and accountability.

Contact the Santa Rosa County Extension office at (850) 623-3868 for more information or to register.

This small farms program is the result of cooperation between the University of Florida’s IFAS Extension, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and Florida A&M University College of Engineering Sciences Technology and Agriculture

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