Florida Small Farms & Alternative Enterprises Conference

"Sustaining Small Farms; Strengthening Florida's Communities" July 31 & August 1, 2010
Osceola Heritage Park, Kissimmee Florida

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Sustaining Partner ($20,000 and up)


The University of Florida/IFAS
The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) is a federal-state-county partnership dedicated to developing knowledge in agriculture, human and natural resources, and the life sciences, and enhancing and sustaining the quality of human life by making that information accessible. While extending into every community of the state, UF/IFAS has developed an international reputation for its accomplishments in teaching, research and extension.  Because of this mission and the diversity of Florida’s climate and agricultural commodities, IFAS has facilities located throughout Florida. 

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Platinum ($10,000 - $19,999)

Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services

Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services
The mission of the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is to safeguard the public and support Florida's agricultural economy by: ensuring the safety and wholesomeness of food and other consumer products through inspection and testing programs; protecting consumers from unfair and deceptive business practices and providing consumer information; assisting Florida's farmers and agricultural industries with the production and promotion of agricultural products; and conserving and protecting the state's agricultural and natural resources by reducing wildfires, promoting environmentally safe agricultural practices, and managing public lands.

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Gold ($5,000 - $9,999)

Florida A&M University

Florida A&M University/CESTA
The College of Engineering Sciences, Technology and Agriculture (CESTA) is the land-grant arm at Florida A&M University.  CESTA offers unique opportunities for students to grow professionally and build on their dreams for the future.  For more than 100 years, CESTA continues a rich legacy of "Excellence with Caring" through its tripartite land-grant mission to provide collegiate teaching, extension and outreach that is global in scope and recognized both nationally and internationally.

Whole Foods Market
Did you know that Whole Foods Market has a Local Producer Loan Program (LPLP) that provides up to $10 million in low-interest loans to small, local producers? Why do we do it? Because we believe in supporting local farmers and producers. We want to make it easier for them to grow their businesses and bring more local products to market. That’s good for us and it’s good for you! Find out more at wholefoodsmarket.com.

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Silver ($2,500 - $4,999)


ARAMARK is a leader in professional services, providing award-winning food services, facilities management, and uniform and career apparel to health care institutions, universities and school districts, stadiums and arenas, and businesses around the world. In FORTUNE magazine's 2009 list of "World's Most Admired Companies," ARAMARK was ranked number one in its industry, consistently ranking since 1998 as one of the top three most admired companies in its industry as evaluated by peers and analysts. ARAMARK seeks to responsibly address issues that matter to its clients, customers, employees and communities by focusing on employee advocacy, environmental stewardship, health and wellness, and community involvement. Headquartered in Philadelphia, ARAMARK has approximately 260,000 employees serving clients in 22 countries.


Verti-Gro® specializes in vertical growing and vertical gardening to utilize space, water and energy in an efficient manner. Our systems provide for high density production for the commercial grower and space saving for the hobbyist or home gardener. Whether for the purpose of small farms, large scale agricultural operations or research, the advantages are significant with Verti-Gro.

Florida Farm Bureau

Florida Farm Bureau Federation; Florida Farm Bureau Insurance
Florida Farm Bureau exists to strengthen family farms and local communities. We apply a collective effort to solve farmers’ problems. We speak on behalf of ALL farms. The majority of the state’s family farmers are Farm Bureau members. The Federation is affiliated with Florida Farm Bureau Insurance, which offers members access to a full line of quality insurance products. You don’t have to be a farmer to be a Farm Bureau member.

Destiny Organics

Destiny Organics
Destiny Organics is the only certified organic distributer in the State of Georgia. Destiny Organics proudly makes the farm to table connection every day. We remain committed to our goal of bringing a better future to the communities we serve by rebuilding the supply of quality, sustainable food within our region.

Farm Service Agency

USDA Farm Service Agency
The USDA Farm Service Agency supports productive farms and ranches; affordable food, fiber, and fuel; and conservation of our natural resources. FSA delivers farm loans, farm programs, conservation incentives, price supports, and disaster assistance. FSA programs benefit all Americans by providing stability for our agricultural producers thus ensuring a safe and abundant supply of food.

Global Organic Specialty Source, Inc.
Global Organic Specialty Source, Inc., is the premier organic produce distributor for the Southeastern United States.  Located in Sarasota, Florida, owner Mitch Blumenthal is an organic farmer and therefore understands the unique challenges of helping small farms access a larger marketplace. Operating since 1999, Global Organic employs over 70 people who work together to provide all of our customers with the best quality organic produce available.

Farm Credit of Florida
Farm Credit is rural America's customer-owned lending partner. Farm Credit is the leader in agricultural and rural financing in the United States. In fact, it is the largest single lender to agriculture in the Nation. Rural Americans have come to depend on Farm Credit across the country for all of their lending needs. Farm Credit makes agricultural loans to purchase farm property, livestock, machinery, farm related business loans, basic processing and/or marketing activities. Additionally, Farm Credit finances homes and home sites. We can help you with all your agricultural and mortgage needs, inquire today.

Florida Association of Community Farmers Markets, Inc. (FACFM)
The Florida Association of Community Farmers Markets, Inc. (FACFM) is a member-driven organization whose purpose is to improve the link between farm and table by supporting farmers and educating consumers on the benefits of buying local and supporting their community farmers' markets.

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Bronze ($1,000 - $2,499)

Hani's Mediterranean Organics
Bowen Brothers, Inc.
Triangle Chemical Company

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Contributions (under $1,000)

Crop Production Services, Inc.

Swank Specialty Produce, HydroNatural Farm

United Juice Companies of America

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For Further Information

Educational Program Content General Conference Information

Danielle Treadwell, Committee Co-Chair
University of Florida, IFAS
Horticultural Sciences Department
PO Box 110690
Gainesville, FL 32611-0690
Tel: 352-392-1928
Email: ddtreadw@ufl.edu

Mandy Stage, Conference Coordinator
University of Florida, IFAS
Office of Conferences & Institutes (OCI)
PO Box 110750
Gainesville, FL 32611-0750
Tel: 352-392-5930
Email: mstage@ufl.edu

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