This web site is developed and maintained by a team of Cooperative Extension Service faculty of the University of Florida and Florida A&M University. Our core group, some 50 faculty and staff, is the Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises Focus Team. 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. Input from counties throughout Florida indicated the need for small farm educational programs to be developed. Small farmers and allied organizations have identified critical issues facing small farms. The issues include access to profitable markets, business skills development, accessible technical information, and alternative crops and enterprises. The Small Farms team provides this web site so you can find commonly needed information from "getting started" to "evaluating an alternative enterprise", to "finding a market", all in one place on the web. In addition, the team coordinates several regional small farms conferences each year. You can find the conference schedule by visiting the Calendar of Events section of the web site.
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