The Greenfield Notebook

UF Miami-Dade County Extension serving Ornamental Production Industry

Free Strategic Business Management for growers in Homestead July 31, 2012

Winfield Solutions is sponsoring the following business seminar. Two keynote speakers and a free lunch for the attendants

We know economic challenges strain your business. Sometimes deciding where to make sacrifices in your budget can be complex, risky and the desired results not immediately realized. We hope you can join us for a seminar discussing managing risk and making the most of marketing opportunities in our industry today.

Pesticide CEU’s will be provided, if you need more details about the categories just contact me:
Keynote Speakers:

  • Dr. Charlie Hall, Texas A&M
  • Dr. Alan Hodges, University of Florida
  • Dr. Lance Osborne, University of Florida, Mid-Florida Research and Education Center

What:             Strategic Business Management Forum featuring Pest Update

Where:            John Campbell Ag Center 18710 SW 288th St. Homestead, FL 33030

When:              August 2 8:30- 12:30 P.M.

Who:               Business owners, growers, spray applicators, sales people

RSVP to:

Rick Romero: 305-970-1280 or

Tyler Chandler: 305-970-1279


Opportunity to advertise your plant nursery!!! July 17, 2012

This is another great opportunity for your business to be seen in a big event in South Florida.

The event is Jamaica’s 50th Independence Anniversary event and is promoted by the Caribbean Music Festival. You can donate 1 or more plants to be part of their event decorations.

What:             Jamaica’s 50th Independence Anniversary

When:            Saturday July 28th, 2012

Where:        Hyatt Regency-Bonaventure in Weston FL.

The ball room holds approximately 500 to 700 people with tall ceiling and is requesting plants in sizes and height appropriate for decoration.

The organizers also will add the name of your Nursery/company to the event’s printed flyer and they will take care of the transportation. So if you want to be part of this great event, please let me know! I will coordinate your information with the organizers or contact them directly.

The coordinator contact is:

Mrs. Elgeta Thompson-Martin

Phone: (954)681-1091.

If you want your name on the program, I strongly suggest giving her a call asap!

Email: If you rather want to contact me, email me to or phone call: (305) 248-3311 EXT 241.



It’s A Bird… It’s A Plane… It’s A Whitefly!!! July 13, 2012

I guess they never asked Superman to get rid of whitefly pests! Otherwise it would have been a painful defeat for the super hero against thousands of little warriors (each adult is approx. 2 mm long)

Whiteflies love South Florida and I am not kidding. Go outside and look at some palms or that black, sticky and sugary substance aka “honeydew” all over Miami-Dade county cars and landscape…yup! That was probably caused by an innocent whitefly population.

If you are annoyed by these white fellows, imagine growers and landscapers who have to deal with thousands of whiteflies attacking their crops. Just as an example, Ficus (rubber trees) used in fences are a heaven on Earth for one type of whitefly. Another whitefly likes pretty much any green plant (they are voracious)…Homeowners, pest control agencies, municipalities and green industry in general are literally pulling their hair to manage this pest.

The University of Florida Extension Office located in Homestead is putting together a program: “Whiteflies for ornamentals on in South Florida” August 7th with two Ornamental entomologists, your UF-Extension agent and industry representatives will be together in the same location for you to get all the research based information needed to learn how to identify and understand better types of management based on an accurate identification of each type of whitefly.

For more information on the agenda and to register for this great workshop click here: Online registration


Are you a Florida small farmer looking for others like you? Check this conference! July 11, 2012

Wondering where to learn a about vertical grow, hydroponics, food safety training, local food systems in Florida or what about new market managers, market sponsors, volunteers and vendors? Does it ring a bell? Are you interested? Keep reading, it gets better.

This annual Florida Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises Conference will provide farmers with up-to-date, research-based, in-depth educational information. You can network and dialog with other members of Florida’s small farms community. Through concurrent educational sessions led by industry experts and noted researchers, the annual Florida Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises Conference participants learn by attending several workshops, hands-on demonstrations, and organized networking activities, enabling them to share their knowledge while interacting with peers from all over the state.

Educational Sessions Include the Following Topics:

  • Alternative Energy
  • Beginning Farmer and Rancher
  • Community Gardens/Urban Farming
  • Farmer’s Markets (How to Start, Manage, etc)
  • Farm to School/Ag in the Classroom
  • Food Safety
  • Good Bug, Bad Bug ID
  • Horticulture
  • Hydroponics
  • Livestock
  • Mushrooms
  • Organic and Sustainable Farming
  • The Business of Farming

Check the agenda out! And see what program do you want to attend, they have each session description posted, isn’t that great? Click here: AGENDA

As an example of what you are going to see: here is the list : POSTERS

For more information go to: Small Farms Website

I can’t wait to attend my very first Small farms conference in Kissimmee, Florida…You should go too and if you do, make sure to say hi if you see me!


Statewide 2012-2013-Grower-Extension-Survey ! July 5, 2012

Dear growers:

Have you ever wanted to be heard on your crop issues? Well this great opportunity to provide feedback to ornamental crops management by submitting an online survey to IR-4 Ornamental Horticulture Program. This is a statewide survey and Miami-Dade growers have the opportunity to send their thoughts and collaborate in the decision making of sustainable Pest Management Technology for next year!

But wait, what is IR-4?? It is a non-profit organization working to find pest management and plant growth regulator solutions for the ornamental horticulture industry.

It takes  3-5 minutes, that is nothing compared to your busy schedule right?

Description of the survey:

The 2012/2013 Grower and Extension Survey is now available here: Online survey

This survey is critical in deciding the IR-4 research priorities for ornamental horticulture. It outlines the pest management needs and will be a main component of the 2013 Workshop discussions.

As you fill out the questionnaire, focus your thoughts on disease, pest, and weed problems that are difficult to manage because there are not enough pest management options.

Please feel free to forward this survey to other interested people.

Thanks for helping IR-4 help the green industry!

Cristi Palmer

IR-4 Ornamental Horticulture Program Manager


Opportunity to sell your agricultural land…potential buyer waiting!!! July 2, 2012

Do you want to sell your nursery or farm land? Here is an excellent opportunity!

The National Farm Investment Coordinator for US Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management, is looking for farm land opportunities for one of their our ultra-high net worth client.

One client has expressed an interest in acquiring a farm in South Florida, YES, here in the unique South Florida area.

This announcement is for farmers and/or real estate people interested in selling their land.

They have the ability to move fast if their client finds a property that meets his requirements.  They are based in San Antonio (Texas), but they area is national, so if they can find the right farm, they will be contacting you for that deal.

If you have more specific questions, contact:

Tommy R. Funk

Vice President, Specialty Asset Manager II. National Farm Investment Coordinator

US Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management

PO Box 300. San Antonio, Texas 78291-0300

210-270-5103 office

210-607-9731 cell