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UF/IFAS to host small-scale poultry farming workshop

RELEASE DATE: June 3, 2015

TAVARES – The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Extension in Lake County is offering its popular two-hour long course “Chicken University” on Thursday, June 11 from 6 – 8 p.m. at the Lake County Agricultural Center, located at 1951 Woodlea Road in Tavares. Topics to be covered include poultry anatomy and biology, housing, egg production, predator protection and egg handling.  

“Urban chicken keeping is a hot topic in many parts of the country, including Central Florida,” said Livestock and Natural Resources Agent II Megan Brew, who will be teaching the class. “Small scale chicken farming can be an excellent way to provide a safe and wholesome food for your family, but in order to be successful, chicken keepers must develop a basic understanding of poultry biology and husbandry. Thanks in part to new legislation which allows landowners in certain areas to manage small numbers of hens; new and potential farmers are flocking to their county Extension offices looking for help.”

Space in the class is limited and pre-registration online is required by visiting https://uflakechickenuniversity.eventbrite.com. The cost to participate is $5, which includes written material. 

For more information on urban chicken keeping and the Chicken University Program, contact Megan Brew at 352-343-4101 ext. 2728 or horsygrl@ufl.edu

The mission of the UF/IFAS Extension in Lake County is to develop knowledge in agricultural, human and natural resources and to make that knowledge accessible to sustain and enhance the quality of human life. The Extension service provides free consultations, as well as educational programs on a variety of subjects. The Foundation for the Gator Nation – An Equal Opportunity Institute.

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More Information:
Megan Brew
352-343-4101 ext. 2728
horsygrl@ufl.edu
https://uflakechickenuniversity.eventbrite.com

Lake County media contact:
Elisha Pappacoda
Public Information Officer
Office: 352-343-9609; Cell: 352-460-2851
epappacoda@lakecountyfl.gov

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