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July 27-29, 2012 | Kissimmee, Florida
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Introductory Beginning Farmer Workshop:
The Science of Farming
Friday, July 15, 2011, 10:00am – 5:00pm
Optional workshop - advanced registration required

You may not need a PhD to farm, but Dr. Rose Koenig, longtime producer now UF faculty member thinks that beginning farmers can benefit from the experience of others. She offers this workshop to provide you with a chance to learn some basic scientific principles that will improve your understanding of how to grow crops.  The information will help beginning farmers make the right management decisions based on a better understanding of plant biology, soil science and plant nutrition. Participants will be active learners in this workshop. You will engage in group activities where you will analyze information and solve problems.   So -- if you think you want to be a farmer or you just want to earn some extra income on the land you own, join us and take advantage of this opportunity to learn some fundamental principles of crop production.

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Understand what a plant needs for optimal growth and production.
  2. Analyze fertilizer products to make decisions about how to meet the nutritional needs of plants.
  3. Select a piece of land with the most optimal soils for growing crops.
  4. Determine water availability for crop production and choose the best irrigation system for their farm.

This workshop is supported by the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA.  Participants will be charged a small fee for lunch and snacks.

No prior knowledge of farming is necessary.  The workshop is designed for people with little or no scientific background in agriculture. 

Rosalie Koenig, Lecturer, Agronomy Department at the University of Florida;
Owner of Rosie’s Organic Farm

The class will be held 10am – 5:00pm on Friday, July 15 at the UF, IFAS Osceola County Extension Office located in the Osceola Heritage Park, Kissimmee, Florida.

The registration fee is $25.00 per person and provides for lunch and light refreshments during the workshop.

The registration deadline is June 27.  Space is limited so we urge you to register early.  Click here to access the conference registration information page.

For Questions or More Information
Contact Rosalie Koenig
Tel: 352-273-3422; Email: rlkoenig@ufl.edu

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