UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Calendar

For persons requiring special accommodations, please contact the respective Extension Agent at (352) 955-2402 (voice) or 711 - Florida Relay Service (Hearing Impaired), or at the UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office, 2800 NE 39th Avenue, Gainesville FL 32609. Please contact the UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County 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 UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office's programs and to register, please contact the UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office at 352/955-2402 (Voice), 711 - Florida Relay Service (Hearing Impaired), 352/334-0122 (FAX) or e-mail at Alachua@ifas.ufl.edu.

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

July 2017

Livestock & Forages Field Day

July 27, 2017; 8:45 a.m.-2:15 p.m. (registration begins at 8:00 a.m.)
Santa Fe River Ranch
29220 NW 122 Street, Alachua, FL 32615

The Northeast Florida Livestock Agents Group is hosting the UF/IFAS Extension Livestock & Forages Field Day. The field day will provide updates on various topics related to hay production along with field demonstrations. Topics include: Smutgrass demonstration, chute-side handling, cattle body condition scoring, sprayer calibration, soil fertility, forage varieties, and toxic weeds.

The registration fee is $10.00 in advanced or $15.00 day of event (lunch will be served by Farm Credit). On-line registration is available through Eventbrite with an additional fee at http://tinyurl.com/yd3cxkpm.

See flyer for more information.

For additional information or questions, contact Dr. Cindy Sanders, UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Livestock Agent, at (352)955-2402.

Is Organic Certification for You?

July 31, 2017; 1:00-4:30 p.m.

This program is for new growers to offer organic produce to their clients or an experienced grower looking into transitioning some acreage to organic farming. Topics include: main requirements for certification, working with a certification agency, how to prepare your operation for application, complying with record keeping requirements, learning how to identify inputs acceptable for organic production, advice, tips and lessons learned form an experienced certified organic grower and cost-sharing.

This event will not focus on specific organic farming techniques. If there is sufficient interest, follow up trainings will be designed for this purpose.

Pre-registration is $18.00 through Eventbrite at http://tinyurl.com/ya86ls5h ($20.00 after July 26). No refunds.

See flyer for more information.

This program is being offered by Dr. Tatiana Sanchez, Commercial Horticulture Agent.

August 2017

Hydroponics 101

August 17, 2017; 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Hydroponics is a growing alternative to produce high quality and profitable specialty crops such as herbs, greens and cut flowers in places that are not suitable for cultivation. Hydroponic technologies also have the advantage of increasing production per square foot in comparison with traditional agriculture.

This program provides basic principles for the prospective or novice hydroponic growers. Attendees will learn about hydroponic growing techniques with hands on demonstrations. An advanced class will be held on September 29.

Registration is $20.00 thru Eventbrite at http://tinyurl.com/ydev5anv ($25.00 if you register after August 13th). No refunds.

See flyer for more information.

This program is being offered by Dr. Tatiana Sanchez, Commercial Horticulture Agent, UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County and Franisco Rivera, Small Farms & Alternative Enterprises Agent, UF/IFAS Extension Hillsborough County.