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Small Farms

Farms with less than $250,000 gross receipts annually, on which day-to-day labor and management are provided by the farmer and/or the farm family that owns the production or owns, or leases, the productive assets. [NALT]

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Cottage Foods

In 2011, the Florida Legislature enacted HB 7209 (now Section 500.80, Florida Statutes) ( allowing individuals to manufacture, sell, and store certain types of cottage foods in an unlicensed kitchen.

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