Agricultural BMPs are practical measures designed to assist you achieve this goal by reducing the amount of fertilizer, pesticides, animal waste and other pollutants entering water resources. They were developed with input from University of Florida researchers, Extension specialists, other experts, grower groups and growers. Implementation of FDACS-adopted BMPs provides a presumption of compliance with state water quality standards.
The SWFSFN is a program of the statewide UF/IFAS/FAMU Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises Program. Its purpose is to provide farmer-to-farmer education and networking on sustainable and profitable farming enterprises. It’s open to regional small farmers within SW FL, as well as beginning farmers, allied industry representatives, local food entrepreneurs and community food system supporters. For more information see http://smallfarms.ifas.ufl.edu/current_issues/SFWG.shtml.
9 a.m. to noon: BMP workshop
- Focus on growing operations on small and/or organic farms
- Nutrient management
- Irrigation management
- Water resource protection.
- Cost-share programs and resources
Noon to 2 p.m.: Southwest Florida Small Farmers Network meeting
- Potluck lunch (bring homemade foods to share with a few fellow attendees)
- Seed swap
- Grower meeting
- Program updates from regional UF/IFAS Extension agents
For more information, call 941-861-9900 or email email@example.com.
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