Monday, July 22, 2013

Interested in Farming? Scholarship available.


Please help spread the word!

The Florida West Coast Resource Conservation and Development Council (FWCRCD) is pleased to announce scholarship opportunities to attend the Florida Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises Conference, August 2-4, 2013 in Kissimmee, FL ( The deadline for applications is July 17th, at 5:00 PM.

The scholarships will provide free conference registration, and two nights of lodging. Transportation to the hotel and the conference will also be provided

departing from Bradenton, FL the morning of August 2nd. Some meals are included as part of the conference and will be provided: Saturday's early morning and afternoon refreshments, lunch, and evening Social; and Sunday's breakfast.

This opportunity is for new and beginning farmers, for people providing training or support to beginning farmers or for those that work in some capacity directly with farm businesses. New and beginning farmers are defined as farming for less than 10 years. Women and minority producers, small acreage producers, and/or limited resource producers are encouraged to apply. Priority will be given to individuals who would not otherwise be able to attend the conference, and for residents in the area the FWCRCD serves. FWCRCD is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides leadership, coordination, partnership development and technical assistance for projects that promote strong communities and sustainable agriculture by bringing people together to create healthy local community food systems in Hillsborough, Manatee, Pinellas and Sarasota counties. These scholarships are provided through the USDA-NIFA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program. Please see the scholarship application for more details.

How to apply: Please submit the application form to Kevin Anderson via email, or by fax, 941-792-0985. You will be notified upon receipt of your application.

Notification: Applicants will be notified by phone and/or email on July 19th, 2013 whether or not they have been chosen to receive a scholarship.

Logistics: If you are awarded a scholarship, an email will provide information on how to register for the conference and where to meet for transportation. Lodging reservations for those receiving scholarships will be made by FWCRCD.

Please send me an email if you have any questions,

Kevin J. Anderson
Assistant Farm Manager
Geraldson Community Farm


Florida West Coast RC&D

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Palm School

Palm Management in the Florida Landscape

Date: October 30-31, 2013 (2 days – Wednesday and Thursday)

Time: 7:45 AM – 5:00 PM each day

Location: Lee County Extension Office
3406 Palm Beach Blvd.
Fort Myers, FL 33916

For more information and to reserve your spot for “Palm School”, contact:
Dr. Monica Elliott at or 954-577-6315

Registration Fee: $300, checks only, payable to the “University of Florida”
Reservations/Payment By: October 15, 2013 (or until class fills up)

Enrollment Limit: 45 persons. Enrollment will be limited to 3 persons per company. If space is still available after October 15, this enrollment cap will be lifted.

CEUs requested: ISA, FNGLA and FDACS (pesticide license)
CEUs for LA license approved (14.5): Provider Number 0004406

Topics/Course Numbers (for LA CEUs)

 Diagnosing Palm Problems (#0008389)  Palm Diseases (#0009071)

 Palm Anatomy and Growth (#0008391)  Transplant Issues (#0008295)

 Physiological Disorders (#0009075)  Pruning Palms (#0009073)

 Nutrient Deficiencies (#0009079)  Fertilizer Formulations and

 Palm Insects (#0009069) Application Techniques (#0009077)

 Field Trip I (#0009067)  Field Trip II (#009068)

• Dr. Timothy Broschat, Palm Horticulturist
• Dr. Monica Elliott, Palm Pathologist