Many people are interested in organic farming but may not fully understand what it means to raise crops or animals organically. In order to market as an organic farm, producers must meet strict standards and submit to regular inspections. UF/IFAS Lake County Extension in cooperation with the Lake County Library System will hold a class on organic production for small farms on Tuesday July 17th, in the community room at the Umatilla City Hall from noon-1:30 p.m.
The organic market has reached 55 billion dollars worldwide. This demand has driven a similar increase in organically managed farm land. This class will touch on the basics of organic food production and farming. Our speaker for this class will be Matt Lollar, Commercial Horticulture Agent, UF/IFAS Seminole County Extension, Multi -County Agent with a B.S. in Landscape Horticulture and an M.S. in Vegetable Production from Auburn University.
This class is the tenth in a series of Small Farm classes that introduce Lake County landowners to opportunities in agricultural business. This, and all classes in the Small Farms Series, are offered free of charge. For more information on organic production, the Small Farm Series, or other opportunities in agriculture please contact Meg Brew, UF IFAS Lake County Livestock Agent, at 352-343-4101.