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Pasco Extension Office Hosting Local Food System Conference

By Florida's Original NatureCoaster™ Posted on September 24, 2018

Conference will feature locally-sourced chef’s brunch, Saturday, October 20, 2018

UF/IFAS Pasco County Cooperative Extension Service is hosting a Pasco Local Food System Conference on Saturday, October 20, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., at Pasco-Hernando State College East Campus, located at 36727 Blanton Road, Dade City, Florida.

The conference will appeal to those interested in small farm/crop service, economic development, agriculture, alternative crops, health and nutrition, and the components of the local food system.

A delicious, locally-sourced brunch featuring fresh farm salad, grass-fed beef tips and kumquat-inspired dessert will be provided by Benny Pumo, restaurateur and chef at Benedetto’s in Land O’ Lakes. (View the full menu here:

Concurrent educational sessions will cover topics related to:

  • Growing Hops in Florida
  • Brewing Beer in Tampa Bay
  • Raising Eggs in Pasco
  • Growing Peaches & U-Pick
  • Kumquat Production
  • Beef Production in Pasco
  • Starting a Small Farm
  • Local Impact of Food Systems
  • Growing Greens Locally
  • Blueberry Production in Pasco

The cost is $40 per person, which includes brunch and educational sessions.  Parking is free. Seating is limited, and registration ends October 18, 2018.

To register, please go to:

The Pasco County Cooperative Extension Service assists Pasco County residents by developing and delivering practical, educational programs in environmental horticulture; sustainable agriculture; 4‑H and youth development; and family and consumer sciences.  For more information, including volunteer opportunities, visit our website: or call us at 352.518.0156.


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