Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises

Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises

Small Farms

Small farms represent over 90% of all farms in Florida, based on the USDA definition of a small farm as one with up to $250,000 in sales. These farms make about 15% of all farm product sales in Florida and have gained much greater visibility as an important sector of the agricultural industry in the “Sunshine State”.

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2019 Honey Bee Seminar

UF/IFAS Extension Polk County, in partnership with the Ridge Beekeepers Association, will host a Saturday program for new beekeepers and those considering starting a hive.  Join us for a fun day where you can learn about beekeeping and sharpen...

Growing Vegetables in Controlled Environments

How many ways are there to grow a head of lettuce? Besides growing the traditional way in an open field, you can grow lettuce and other vegetables in various soilless, protected systems. Protective structures include high tunnels, greenhouses,...

March 1st Application Deadline for Agricultural Classification or “Greenbelt”

Did you know that in Florida, land used for commercial agriculture may qualify for reduced property taxes? The deadline to file an application for agricultural classification is March 1st. Applications must be submitted to your county property...