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.

January 2017

Designing Your Edible Landscape

January 19, 2017; 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. 

Learn how you can incorporate edibles into your existing landscape, including fruit trees, vegetables, and herbs. Bring photos or a sketch of your current landscape.

Registration is $5.00 for class. You can pre-register through Eventbrite with additional fee at http://tinyurl.com/z7myt2o . Limited to 40 participants.

This program is offered by Dr. Denise DeBusk, Environmental & Community Horticulture Agent.

Florida Agriculture Network January Meeting (Topic: “Growing Leafy Greens on Small Acreages for Local Markets”)

January 30, 2017; 4:30 - 7:00 p.m.
1930 NE CR 225, Lawtey, FL 32058

Attendees will meet Farmer Ben Strong and tour a production area to observe how greens are produced and direct marketed in Lawtey, FL. Chef James Jackson, from the Call Street Café in Starke, will prepare a meal from local foods and discuss his desire and need to source local food for his restaurant. Purchasing a meal is optional but it must be paid for by January 23rd. Attendees who do not wish to eat are welcome to attend the workshop. UF/IFAS researchers will share a stink bug insect pests update and cole crop cultural practices. There will also be allotted time for farmers to network.

Registration fee (including meal) is $12 payable through Eventbrite (with additional fee) at http://tinyurl.com/govqnkr or mail registration fee to UF/IFAS Extension Alachua Extension Office, 2800 NE 39 Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32609 (payable to Alachua County Extension Office) by January 23rd. You can attend the workshop only (free/no meal) by calling 352-955-2402.

For more information, contact Jim DeValeiro, UF/IFAS Extension Bradford County at 904-966-6299 or Tatiana Sanchez, UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County at 352-955-2402.

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

Hydroponic Vegetable Nutrient Management

January 31, 2017; 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
8202 CR 417, Live Oak, FL 32060

This Small Farms Academy short course will cover topics such as plant nutrient basics, water quality and media selections, fertilizer mixtures, water pH, nutrient solution monitoring and fine-tuning, injectors, equipment and meters, and hands-on sessions.

This short course has a cost of $85 dollars. Register by Wednesday, January 25th by visiting http://tinyurl.com/hchgn2g or mail registration fee to 7580 County Road 136, Live Oak, FL 32060 (payable to University of Florida). Download the flyer for more information.

For more information, contact Tatiana Sanchez at tatiana.sanchez@ufl.edu or 352-955-2402.

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

Vegetable Seed Workshop

January 31, 2017; 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

This workshop will provide information on growing seeds for vegetable gardens, as well as how to make an inexpensive seed light. Participants will plant seeds that will be ready for their warm-season garden, as well as take home additional seeds for direct seeding.

Registration is $15.00 for the class or $20.00 per couple. You can pre-register through Eventbrite with additional fee at http://tinyurl.com/zqoyvmd. Limited to 30 participants.

This program is being offered by Dr. Denise DeBusk, Environmental & Community Horticulture Agent.

February 2017

Financial Fitness (4-part series)

February 1, 8, 15 & 22, 2017; 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Catholic Charities, 1701 NE 9 Street, Gainesville, FL 32609

This 4-part series covers how to make a spending plan, how to make credit work for you and how to get out of debt or build an emergency fund.

No registration cost, dinner included. Pre-registration is recommended by contacting Bishop James Dixon, 352-372-0294 ext. 111 or jdixon@ccgnv.org.

See flyer for more information.

This program is being offered by Dr. Brenda Williams, Family & Consumer Sciences Agent.

Limited Commercial Landscape Maintenance Workshop

February 3, 2017; 8:15 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

The Limited Commercial Landscape Maintenance Workshop trains commercial landscape maintenance personnel to make correct pesticide applications to ornamentals and plant beds only.

The registration fee is $30.00 per person (includes lunch) or $10.00 per person for half day (no lunch) – no refunds. Registration is available through Eventbrite with an additional fee at http://tinyurl.com/zedsfzt.

See flyer for more information.

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

Pruning Your Fruit Trees

February 4, 2017; 1:00-4:00 p.m.
1679 NE CR 337, High Springs, FL 32643

This workshop provides demonstrations and hands-on practice pruning various fruit trees, including grapevines, peaches, nectarines, persimmons, apples, and many more. Bring pruners and loppers. Dress accordingly for the weather and bring a lawn chair. Fruit Tree Extension Specialist, Dr. Jeff Williamson, will lead the workshop.

Registration is $10.00 for class. You can pre-register through Eventbrite with additional fee at http://tinyurl.com/juz7htv. No refunds.

FFL Series: Introduction to Florida-Friendly Landscaping™

February 7, 2017; 6:00-8:00 p.m.

This class will introduce you to the 9 Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ principles. Participants will receive handbooks and materials.

Registration is $5.00 for class. You can pre-register through Eventbrite with additional fee at http://tinyurl.com/z66yd83. No refunds. Limited to 30 participants.

See flyer for more information.

This program is being offered by Dr. Denise DeBusk, Environmental & Community Horticulture Agent.

Green Industries Best Management Practices Certification Training

February 9, 2017; 8:15 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Florida law states that all commercial fertilizer applicators must have a certificate from FDACS. To get this certificate, each commercial applicator must be trained in the GI-BMPs and receive a certificate of completion for UF/IFAS and FDEP.

Registration fee is $25.00 (includes lunch and materials) and is available through Eventbrite with an additional fee at http://tinyurl.com/hg54jrf.

See flyer for more information.

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

Grow Your Own Potatoes

February 9, 2017; 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Newberry Branch Library, 110 S Seaboard Drive, Newberry, FL 32669

Potatoes are easy to grow in the garden. Soil preparation and variety selection will be covered in the class. You also will learn cultural techniques and how to harvest and cure your ‘taters. Master Gardener Mary Ann Harris will be presenting.

You can pre-register through Eventbrite (no cost) at http://tinyurl.com/hdb9l4s. Class limited to 40 participants.

Food Safety & Quality Program (ServSafe®)

February 15, 2017; 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

This program is dedicated to providing training which enables food managers and staff to offer Florida consumer’s food that is prepared in a clean and safe environment. For further information and to register, please call toll-free at 1-888-232-8723 or visit http://tinyurl.com/gp3xyrf.

See brochure for more information.

This program is being offered by Dr. Brenda Williams, Family & Consumer Sciences Agent.

FFL Series: Choose the Right Mulch

February 16, 2017; 6:00-8:00 p.m.

The class provides information on the types and characteristics of various mulches. It includes activities on calculating the proper amount of mulch. Participants will receive handbooks and materials.

Registration is $5.00 for class. You can pre-register through Eventbrite with additional fee at http://tinyurl.com/z66yd83. No refunds. Limited to 30 participants.

See flyer for more information.

This program is being offered by Dr. Denise DeBusk, Environmental & Community Horticulture Agent.

Vegetable Gardening for Beginners

February 16, 2017; 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Tower Road Branch Library, 3020 SW 75 Street, Gainesville, FL 32608

Learn to start a vegetable garden using the square foot gardening technique. Bed construction, soil preparation, vegetables that can be grown, and pest control will be covered. Master Gardener Colin Burrows will be presenting.

You can pre-register through Eventbrite (no cost) at http://tinyurl.com/gugcyxs. Class limited to 50 participants.

Introductory Beekeeping (6-part series)

February 18, 2017; 8:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
UF Bee Unit, 2895 SW 23 Terrace, Gainesville, FL 32608

Classes are designed for beginner and intermediate beekeepers. The classes are scheduled to help you manage the needs of the hive throughout the year. Live bees will be used; please dress in protective clothing.

Registration costs (no refunds) and program locations vary, please see flyer for more details. Registration is available through Eventbrite with an additional fee at http://tinyurl.com/havwm52.

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

FFL Series: Recycle Yard Waste & Compost

February 23, 2017; 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Learn how to recycle your yard waste and compost your food scraps to decrease your amount of garbage and replenish your soil. Compost bins and food scrap containers will be available.

Registration is $5.00 for class. You can pre-register through Eventbrite with additional fee at http://tinyurl.com/z66yd83. No refunds. Limited to 30 participants.

See flyer for more information.

This program is being offered by Dr. Denise DeBusk, Environmental & Community Horticulture Agent.

Gardening Tips and Tricks

February 23, 2017; 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Senior Recreation Center, 5701 NW 34 Blvd., Gainesville, FL 32653

This class focuses on making gardening easier for your abilities. It will describe and demonstrate tools, methods, and tips that can help reduce aches and pains while enjoying the outdoors. Master Gardener Laurie Sheldon will be presenting.

You can pre-register through Eventbrite (no cost) at http://tinyurl.com/h6pl2hf.

Growing Peaches, Plums and Apples

February 28, 2017; 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Learn how to grow apple, plum, nectarine, and peach trees in Alachua County. Planting, pruning, fertilization, watering, and pest control will be covered. Participants will develop a management plan for growing the fruit.

Registration is $5.00 for class. You can pre-register through Eventbrite with additional fee at http://tinyurl.com/haub694. No refunds. Limited to 50 participants.

This program is being offered by Dr. Denise DeBusk, Environmental & Community Horticulture Agent.