Fall Peach Roundtable
I hope that everyone has registered for the fall Peach Roundtable, to be held at the Gulf Coast Research and Education Center. It will be held on September 17th, 2015, from 8:45 am – 3:00 pm, and lunch will be provided. We will have a trade show with multiple vendors, which is a great opportunity to stay in touch and see new products and haggle prices! Gary England and the central Florida Peach Extension Team has put an extended day of talks and opportunities for feedback from our growers.
Peach Marketing Order Hearing
Another marketing order hearing will be held at the Fall Peach Roundtable on September 17, 2015 at 3:00 pm at the Gulf Coast Research and Education Center. If you can’t attend the workshop, but would like to provide input, please attend to make yourself heard. Chris Denmark will attend from FDACS in Tallahassee to answer any and all questions.
This will be one of two more opportunities to provide feedback on the final document that will go out to vote, most likely in January, 2016 to be implemented in April – May, 2016.
Have you ever wanted to sell produce to your local school system so that kids can enjoy our bounty of Florida fruit and veggies during the winter and spring months?
Then this seminar, sponsored by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) is for you! They are conducting a “webinar” (a seminar over the web) that will give growers all the information needed about the school food service for the state of Florida. They will cover several goals, including a description of program, the goals of each school food service department within each district, how they obtain the produce, and what factors are important to them when they purchase produce. Finally, each meal must be within a certain price range, considering school meals range between $3.00 – 4.00 for lunch per child.
With our statewide average of 10-15 acres per operation, there are several peach orchards that could divert and diversify their marketing strategy to include farm to school avenues. If you have any questions about the webinar or about the program, contact the FDACS Division of Food, Nutrition and Wellness at 1-800-504-6609.
Program Director I – Procurement Compliance Division of Food, Nutrition and Wellness Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services