Florida is an emerging leader in alternative fruit crop production. Traditionally rich in citrus, alternative fruit production in Lake County includes blueberries, peaches, blackberries and other fruit. UF/IFAS Lake County Extension in cooperation with the Lake County Library System will hold a class on alternative fruit production for small farms on Tuesday, August 21st, in the Umatilla Public Library from noon until 1:30 p.m. This class will cover alternative fruit crop production methods and provide information on marketing and farm planning. The instructor will be Gary England, Citrus and Fruit Crop Agent, Multi-County, who holds a B.S. in Agronomy and an M.S. in Agronomy from University of Florida.
Lake County Extension is a division of the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) in conjunction with the Lake County Board of County Commissioners. UF/IFAS Lake County Extension provides access to the latest research on more than 2,000 subjects of interest. A wide variety of educational programs address many needs in Lake County. Audiences include the general public, agricultural producers and related industries, youth and businesses. It’s like having a “mini UF” in your backyard.
Classes in the Small Farms Series, are offered free of charge. For more information on alternative fruit, the Small Farm Series, or other opportunities in agriculture please contact Meg Brew, UF IFAS Lake County Livestock Agent, at 352-343-4101.