Conference Brings Urban Farming Home to Pinellas County
Want to learn how to grow your own food or raise chickens in your backyard? How about expanding your interest to the growth of your own urban farming business?
Pinellas County Extension’s Urban Farming Small-to-Large will cover everything from the backyard to the market on Saturday, Feb. 9, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The urban farming conference - the first of its kind in Pinellas County, will be held at Pinellas County Extension, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. The conference fee is $7.50 for the morning or afternoon sessions, and $12 for the full day.
Urban farming promotes self-sufficiency, sustainable living and the efficient use of space. Learn the latest trends in hydroponic vegetable gardening, backyard chickens and integrated pest management - the economic control of pests with minimal environmental impact.
The morning sessions, geared to homeowners and commercial farmers, includes:
- Overview of hydroponic systems
- Chickens 101
- Integrated pest management
The afternoon schedule with a focus on commercial urban farming includes:
- Getting started, business planning and cost analysis
- Cottage industry regulations and marketing
- Protected agriculture practices
Space is limited— to register for this event call (727) 582-2100 then press 2, or visit www.eventbright.com/event/4885032263/
Pinellas County Extension is a partnership between Pinellas County government and the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences as part of a nationwide network of land grant universities. The University of Florida is an equal access/equal opportunity institution.
The mission of Pinellas County Extension is to provide research-based knowledge and education programs enabling people to make practical decisions to improve their quality of life and the world around them. Education focuses on sustainable living, lawn and garden, families and consumers, and 4-H youth development.
Pinellas County Extension offers programming at the Extension office, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo, (727) 582-2100; at the Brooker Creek Preserve Environmental Education Center, 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs, (727) 453-6800 and at the Weedon Island Preserve Cultural and Natural History Center, 1800 Weedon Drive N.E., St. Petersburg, (727) 453-6500. For more information, visit www.pinellascountyextension.org and find Pinellas Extension on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
Pinellas County complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this activity you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. At least seven days prior to the class, please contact the Office of Human Rights, 400 S. Fort Harrison Ave., Suite 500, Clearwater, FL 33756, (727) 464-4062 (Voice/TDD).