Alachua County Extension Calendar

For persons requiring special accommodations, please contact the respective Extension Agent at (352) 955-2402 (voice) or TDD/TYY (352) 955-2406 or at the Alachua County Extension Office, 2800 NE 39th Avenue, Gainesville FL 32609. Please contact the Extension Office at least five working days prior to the program so that proper consideration may be given to the request.

For more information about the Alachua County Extension Service's programs, please contact the Alachua County Extension Office at 352/955-2402 (Voice), 352/955-2406 (TDD/TYY), 352/334-0122 (FAX) or e-mail at Alachua@ifas.ufl.edu.

Unless otherwise noted, programs are held at the Alachua County Extension Office.

April 2014

Natural Area Weed Control Workshop

April 15, 2014; 9:30 am - 1:30 pm

This is a beginner’s workshop for managing weeds in natural areas. Topics include: invasive weed identification, sprayer calibration, herbicide selection for natural areas and pesticide safety.

Registration fee is $10.00 (includes light refreshments).

Please register by calling (352)337-6209 (voicemail) no later than April 11th. This program is being offered by Barton Wilder, Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent.

Becoming a Hobby Beekeeper Short Course

April 19, 2014; 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Explore the world of honey bees and steps to becoming a beekeeper at the “Becoming a Hobby Beekeeper Short Courses.” These courses will allow the participants to receive a complete perspective of the process and expense involved with keeping honey bees as a hobby or alternative farm enterprise. It should allow the participant to decide if this is something they want to do. For others, it offers an excellent opportunity to learn about this useful, often misunderstood insect so important to our food supply.

The classes are limited to the first 50 registrants. Please register for the classes 3-days prior to the class by calling 352-955-2402. This program is being offered by Aparna Gazula, Commercial Horticulture Agent and Barton Wilder, Ag & Natural Resources Agent.

For details and more information, see flyer.

Food Safety Workshop - "Building Your Own Farm's Food Safety Manual"

April 21, 2014; 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Straughn IFAS Extension Professional Development Center, 2142 Shealy Drive, Gainesville

If you plan to develop a Food Safety Program for your fruits and/or vegetable farming operations, field or greenhouse, this one-day workshop is for you! We will help you build the main parts of your own food safety manual. The class is done a computer (one laptop provided per farm if needed). Limited to 20 farms with a $30.00 registration fee for the first person representing a farm and $15.00 for additional attendee. Registration fee includes refreshments and lunch for the day. This class will be taught by Aparna Gazula, Commercial Horticulture Agent.

For more details and registration information, see flyer.

Blueberries

April 23, 2014; 6:00 - 7:00 pm

Alachua County is one of the top blueberry producing counties in the state. You can easily grow rabbit eye blueberries in your landscape. This class covers planting, fertilizing and pruning.

Pre-register only one month in advance of class by leaving a voicemail at 352-337-6209. This program is offered by Wendy Wilber, Environmental Horticulture Agent.

For more information, see brochure.

Blueberries

April 24, 2014; 3:00 - 4:00 pm

Alachua County is one of the top blueberry producing counties in the state. You can easily grow rabbit eye blueberries in your landscape. This class covers planting, fertilizing and pruning.

Pre-register only one month in advance of class by leaving a voicemail at 352-337-6209. This program is offered by Wendy Wilber, Environmental Horticulture Agent.

For more information, see brochure.

Microgreens - A New Specialty Crop (with Bob Hochmuth)

April 24, 2014; 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Frequently called "vegetable confetti," microgreens are young, tender greens that are used to enhance the color, texture, or flavor of salads, or to garnish a wide variety of main dishes. Harvested at the first true leaf stage and sold with the stem, cotyledons (seed leaves), and first true leaves attached, they are among a variety of novel salad greens available on the market that are typically distinguished categorically by their size and age. Participants will learn about producing microgreens for home use, commercial and local markets.

This program is being offered by Aparna Gazula, Commercial Horticulture Agent. There is no cost to attend this class (unless otherwise indicated), space is limited; pre-register at least 3 days prior to class by calling 352-337-6209 (voice mail).

Green Industries Best Management Practices

April 29, 2014; 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

This workshop is designed to provide training in Best Management Practices for anyone working in the lawn, landscape, pest control, or municipal grounds areas. This is a required training class for all commercial and institutional fertilizer applicators in Alachua County according to the Alachua County Fertilizer Standards and Management Practices Code.

Best Management Practices are focused on reducing non-point source pollution resulting from fertilization or pesticide application. In some areas, you need to be certified in the BMPs to be able to bid on jobs or have commercial customers. It will be mandatory throughout the state in the near future. Stay a step ahead of the new requirements.
• Earn CEUs for pesticide license holders. For CEUs, get form signed before you leave.
• (2) CORE, (2) Ornamental & Turf, Limited Commercial Landscape Maintenance categories.

Cost $25.00 includes materials and lunch. This program is being offered by Aparna Gazula, Commercial Horticulture Agent. For more information call 352-955-2402.

May 2014

Alachua Home Grown Farm Tours

May 1, 2014; 8:00 am - 3:30 pm

The UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office is conducting the 4th Annual "Alachua Home Grown Farm Tours". The tour bus leaves the office at 8:00 am - please arrive by 7:45 am. A box lunch will be served. The registration fee is $20.00 - includes lunch and bus fee. Registration will be limited to the first 40 pre-paid registrants. To reserve a seat, payment must be made in advance to the UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office.

Agricultural products in Alachua County range from beef cattle, vegetables, fruit, nurseries, goats, chickens, and much more. Agricultural value added impacts is a $102 million dollar industry in Alachua County.

For more information about this program call 352-955-2402.

Before You Tie the Knot

May 5 and May 12, 2014; 5:30 - 7:30 pm

This is a premarital class that provides a certificate worth $32.50 reduction of the fee for a marriage license obtained in Alachua County. The program consists of two workshops, each lasting 2 hours. Participants must attend both sessions to receive a certificate of completion.

These Extension workshops fulfill the requirements of Florida Statute 741, Marriage Preparation and Preservation Act, and have been approved by the Circuit Court of Alachua County.

Registration is due no later than one week prior to class. A minimum of three couples must be registered or class will be cancelled. Please call (352)337-6209 (voicemail) to register. For more information, call (352) 955-2402 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.,
Monday through Friday. This program is offered by Brenda Williams, Family & Consumer Sciences Agent.

For more information, please see brochure/registration form.

Small Fruits

May 7, 2014; 6:00-7:00 pm

Figs, loquats, grapes and persimmons, these are just a few of the many small fruits that you can plant in your landscape or small orchard. This class will cover variety selection and maintenance as well as trouble shooting.

Pre-register only one month in advance of class by leaving voicemail at 352-337-6209. This program is offered by Wendy Wilber, Environmental Horticulture Agent.

For more information, see brochure.

Groundcovers & Turf Alternatives

May 8, 2014; 3:00-4:00 pm

If your grass is failing you may not be putting the right plant in the right place. Learn about ground cover plants that will grow in the shade, full sun and in tough places.

Pre-register only one month in advance of class by leaving a voicemail at 352-337-6209. This program is offered by Wendy Wilber, Environmental Horticulture Agent.

For more information, see brochure.

Before You Tie the Knot

May 5 and May 12, 2014; 5:30 - 7:30 pm

This is a premarital class that provides a certificate worth $32.50 reduction of the fee for a marriage license obtained in Alachua County. The program consists of two workshops, each lasting 2 hours. Participants must attend both sessions to receive a certificate of completion.

These Extension workshops fulfill the requirements of Florida Statute 741, Marriage Preparation and Preservation Act, and have been approved by the Circuit Court of Alachua County.

Registration is due no later than one week prior to class. A minimum of three couples must be registered or class will be cancelled. Please call (352)337-6209 (voicemail) to register. For more information, call (352) 955-2402 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.,
Monday through Friday. This program is offered by Brenda Williams, Family & Consumer Sciences Agent.

For more information, please see brochure/registration form.

Perennials & Florida-Friendly Landscaping

May 14, 2014; 6:00-7:00 pm

Perennial plants can add low maintenance, color and attract butterflies and hummingbirds to your yard. Learn how to create a perennial garden that is beautiful and Florida-Friendly.

Pre-register only one month in advance of class by leaving a voicemail at 352-337-6209. This program is offered by Wendy Wilber, Environmental Horticulture Agent.

For more information, see brochure.

Master Gardener Annual Plant Sale & Ag Fest

May 17, 2014; 8:00 am - noon

The Master Gardener Plant sale will have a variety of herbs, annuals, perennials, natives, trees and more will be available at exceptional prices. Master Gardener volunteers will be on site for advice on selection and care of your plants. This annual plant sale is a fundraiser for the Alachua County Master Gardener Volunteer Program.

The Ag Fest will be providing information on the following: beekeeping, raising goats & rabbits, growing mushrooms, raised bed gardening and much more. Also presentations are scheduled on the following topics: Herbs in the Garden, Backyard Chickens and Heirloom Vegetables. Come and learn more about locally grown food, producing and growing food.

Admission and parking are free. This program is offered by Wendy Wilber, Environmental Horticulture Agent.

See flyer for more information.

Converting to Florida-Friendly Landscaping

May 21, 2014; 6:00-7:00 pm

Water is our most precious natural resource. Learn to make changes in your landscape that will save water and protect our ground water. Plant selection, micro-irrigation and rain barrels will be covered.

Pre-register only one month in advance of class by leaving a voicemail at 352-337-6209. This program is offered by Wendy Wilber, Environmental Horticulture Agent.

For more information, see brochure.

June 2014

Robotics Day Camp - CAMP IS FULL

June 9-11, 2014; 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Ages 4-11; Cost is $55.00

For more information, see flyer and registration form.

Livestock Judging

June 9-11, 2014; 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Ages 10-17; Cost is $25.00

For more information, see flyer and registration form.

Crafty Kids

June12, 2014; 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Ages 5-18; Cost is $25.00

For more information, see flyer and registration form.

Farm to Fork

June18-20, 2014; 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Ages 8-12; Cost is $30.00

For more information, see flyer and registration form.

July 2014

Robotics Day Camp

July 1-3, 2014; 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Ages 12-14; Cost is $55.00

For more information, see flyer and registration form.

4-H Overnight Camp

July 14-18, 2014;
Ages 8-12; Cost is $195.00

For more information, see flyer and registration form.

Fun in the Kitchen

July 15-17, 2014; 12:30 - 4:30 pm
Ages 10-13; Cost is $20.00

For more information, see flyer and registration form.

All About Animals

July 28 - August 1, 2014; 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Ages 6-8; Cost is $75.00

For more information, see flyer and registration form.

 

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