Vegetarian Newsletter

University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences
Horticultural Sciences Department
A Vegetable Crops Extension Publication

July 2006



Announcements & News


The Vegetable Production Handbook

The 2005-2006 edition of the Vegetable Production Handbook is now up and available online at The handbook provides up-to-date information on a wide variety of topics in vegetable production and will be of use to those in the vegetable industry or anyone growing vegetables in Florida.

New EDIS Postharvest Horticulture Publication

The first revision of the Handling Florida Vegetable Series, “Round and Roma Tomato Types” was just released by EDIS ( This completely new bulletin was written by Steve Sargent, Jeff Brecht and Teresa Olczyk and features the latest information from our studies with these tomato types, describing in detail handling procedures from harvest through shipping to ensure the highest quality. Important topics covered include: varieties, harvest maturity, dump tank management, grading, gas room management, temperature management, and shipping.

The 2006 Florida Tomato Institute Meeting

The 2006 Florida Tomato Institute Meeting will be held on September 6, 2006 at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Naples, FL. The Institute is being held in conjunction with the Florida Tomato Committee and Exchange meetings.  The Institute is free; however, for registration information for the other meetings and for the hotel, participants need to contact Diana Hester at Please click here for the program information.

Organic Farming Workshop and Field Day

The University of Florida-IFAS Center for Organic Agriculture and Florida Organic Growers and Consumers, Inc. (FOG) will hold a workshop and field day for organic producers on September 20, 2006 at the PSREU in Citra , FL from 9 till 4:30. This event will give producers and other agriculture professionals a firsthand look at current research and demonstration projects in the 17 acre certified organic unit, as well as attend several breakout sessions related to organic fruit and vegetable production. For more information and the program click here.

Direct link to BMP in Florida Vegetables & Agronomic Crops