Florida Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises Conference

Supply Your Farm Product to the Conference

Deadline: May 20, 2014

If you are interested in supplying food for Florida’s premier conference for local food growers and communities, let us know what you produce by May 20th, 2014.

It is our goal to offer as much Local, Fresh Florida-produced food for this conference that is feasible considering the time of year. The conference is a prime opportunity to showcase your products, potentially expand your market by selling directly to the event facility at the Osceola Heritage Park (OHP) and a free marketing opportunity. If you are a producer that may have: vegetables; fruit; baked goods; seafood; meat; dairy; or any value-added product available in late July/Early August and would like to be considered for selling your products to the conference, please, follow these instructions by May 20th, 2014. NOTE: Information received after May 20th will be considered for next year’s conference (2015).

1) Complete the Farmer Information Form. This will register you for the initial contact by the food purchasing team for the conference.

2) Option to register your food business with Florida Food Connect. Powered by Florida Market Maker, this registration is a free service to you that will expand your marketing opportunities, as well as facilitate purchases by the event facility at OHP. IF you previously registered with Florida Market Maker previously, your registration has been automatically populated into the new site and there is no need to register again.

   Here are some example questions you will be asked to answer on the Farmer Information Form:

  1. Full contact information so that we may contact you.
  2. Product availability July/August (ex: fresh, frozen, value-added). Be descriptive as possible.
  3. Available volume to sell of each (e.g., 100lbs beef, 75lb corn, 5 gal milk, 20 oz juice)
  4. Do you have farm/product insurance? If so, type of insurance
  5. Do you have the required permits to sell your product? If so, please list.
  6. Do you have the ability to distribute your product to the event location?
    [Location: Osceola Heritage Park 1875 Silver Spur Lane, Kissimmee, FL 34744]

Food Donations
Food donations help lower conference registration fees for everyone and are greatly appreciated. They can be offered in combination with food sales to the conference. If you are willing to donate product to the conference, please indicate your donation type and retail value when completing the online farmer intake form. All food donations will receive an additional acknowledgement on our conference website, in the onsite program, and during the conference. After the event has concluded, all donors will be provided with a receipt of the product donated for tax deduction purposes as allowed by law.

Terms of Agreement
You certify that the products offered are Florida grown, raised and/or processed

UF has the right to accept or decline any products offered
UF will not consider retail pricing

NOTE: Information received after May 20th will be considered for next year’s conference (2015).

Complete the Online Farmer Intake Form

If you have any questions about supplying your farm product to the conference or the registering with Florida Food Connect, contact the Food and Beverage Co-Chairs: Jim DeValerio, Tel: 904-966-6299; Email: jtd@ufl.edu; Jessica Sullivan, Tel: 321- 697-3000; Email: sullivan@ufl.edu.

If you have any questions about completing the online farmer intake form contact Mandy Stage at 352-392-5930; Email: mstage@ufl.edu

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