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Barbara Hughes
Seminole County Extension Services Manager
250 West County Home Road
Sanford, FL  32773
(407) 665-5560

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Extension Services

Small Farms

Small farms represent over 90% of all farms in Florida, based on the USDA definition of a small farm as one with up to $250,000 in sales. These farms make about 15% of all farm product sales in Florida.  Nearly 87% of Seminole County farms are 50 acres or less in size. Florida farmers are experiencing fierce competition from both domestic and foreign markets and harvested vegetable acreage in Florida has declined more than 30% during the last ten years (Florida Agricultural Statistical Directory, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services). Farm labor, environmental, and food safety regulations are increasing costs and reducing production options. 

Small Farms Selling Retail to the Public
Do you want to buy local?  Check out this guide to local farms and farmer's markets in and around Seminole County!

Hydroponics and Aquaponics 2013
The 2013 Hydroponics and Aquaponics Workshop has passed, but the presentations are archived at the above link.

2012 Growing Farms Workshop Presentations
The 2012 Seminole County Growing Farms Workshop has passed, but the presentations can still be viewed at the above link!

Small Farms Workshop Presentations
The 2011 Seminole County Small Farms Workshop has passed, but the presentations from the workshop can be viewed at the above link.

Community Gardens
Would you like to learn more about Community Gardens and how to get started?  Check out this handy materials guide at the link above!

UF Small Farms Website
Visit this website for information and ideas on Small Farms and Alternative Agricultural Enterprises.