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Calling All Chefs, Local Farmers, and Any Foodies to Small Farms Conference

July 30th, 2010 · No Comments

This weekend, July 31 and August 1, the 2010 Small Farms Conference will take place at Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee.

If I were in town, I’d definitely be there. Localecopia, a group whose mission it is to connect the small farmers, ranchers, and others producing foods in earth-friendly, user-friendly ways – esentially getting back to our roots on a common-sense scale – is involved.

They have introduced a number of foods to area chefs – you readers are eating some of them if you’ve had lamb or grass-fed beef from Deep Creek Farms at Cafe Boulud or pork at S&S Take-Out in Fort Pierce (best soup on the planet!) or eaten at Norman’s 180 in Miami – they’re both using Palmetto Creek Ranch porkvc.

There are hundreds of small vegetable farmers, beekeepers, ranchers, herb growers, and so many more – just waiting for support from our local chefs, markets, and diners.

The conference is put on The University of Florida and Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University; registration is $160 on-site. A number of seminars, exhibitions, vendors and others will be on hand to discuss things like CSAs – Community Supported Agriculture projects such as urban gardens, subscription produce, and more. News about policies that affect everyone who eats and wants to do something about the regulations such as those that prevent us from buying fresh eggs without owning a chicken, or questions on the raw milk issue will be discussed.

For more information, go to the website for a daily agenda and list of those attending.

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