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.

August 2016

Water Forums

UF/IFAS Extension is partnering with the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) and the Kettering Foundation to convene Florida water issue forums as part of a national Environmental Issues Forums (EIF) program. The two events listed below are test forums, so attendees will have the opportunity to provide suggestions for improving the overall experience for future forum participants. Anyone who calls Gainesville or Alachua County home is invited to attend; you need not be an expert to participate. There is no fee to attend, and light refreshments will be provided. There is no cost to attend these classes, unless indicated, and space is limited; pre-register at least 3 days prior to class by calling 352-337-6209 (voice mail).

This Drains to Your Creek: Protecting Our Urban Watersheds

August 19, 2016; 1:00-4:00 p.m.

This forum will allow participants to share their perspectives on the quality and value of our urban waters and discuss options for managing stormwater runoff and pollution.

This program will be offered by Dr. Denise DeBusk, Community & Environmental Horticulture Agent and Jennison Kipp Searcy, Sustainable Floridians State Coordinator.

Polishing Florida's Gems: Choices for Springs Restoration

August 20, 2016; 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

This forum will allow participants to share their perspectives on the quality and value of the springs of North Central Florida and discuss options for restoring and protecting them into the future.

This program will be offered by Dr. Denise DeBusk, Community & Environmental Horticulture Agent and Jennison Kipp Searcy, Sustainable Floridians State Coordinator.

Homestead Poultry Workshop

August 20, 2016; 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. for 4H &  FFA Youth Exhibition and 1:00-3:00 p.m. for Homestead Poultry
UF/IFAS Extension Marion County
2232 NE Jacksonville Road, Ocala, FL 34470
 

The registration fee is $5.00. Lunch will be available for purchase. Please pre-register by Tuesday, August 16, 2016, at 352-955-2402.

See flyer for additonal information.

This program will be offered by Dr. Cindy Sanders, Director/Livestock Agent.

Green Industries Best Management Practices- CLASS IS FULL

August 24, 2016; 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Green Industries Best Management Practicies (GI-BMP) Certification Program for proper fertilization, pest control, irrigation, and cultural practices for landscape and pest control professionals. CEU's will be available.

The registration fee is $25.00 per person which covers materials and lunch.  Registration is available on-line with additional fee through Eventbrite at http://tinyurl.com/zbm76a9. Please pre-register by August 17th.

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

Food Safety & Quality Program (ServSafe®)

August 30, 2016; 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/nmdc3sc.

This program will be offered by Dr. Brenda Williams, Family & Consumer Sciences Agent.

September 2016

4-H Open Enrollment  Begins

September 1, 2016

4-H Online Enrollment Opens! Visit https://florida.4honline.com to enroll for the new 4-H year. All youth members and volunteers are required to enroll or re-enroll.

For help registering or more information contact Amanda Morgan, 4-H Agent, at  352-955-2402.

Worker Protection Standards Updates - Train the Trainer

September 6, 2016; 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
UF/IFAS Plant Science Research & Education Unit
2556 W Hwy 318, Citra, FL 32113

This workshop is designed to prepare agricultural producers to train their agriculture workers and pesticide handlers in the Worker Protection Standard (WPS). WPS training is required for all workers on farms, forests, commercial nurseries, and commercial greenhouses. An official from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will be present to answer questions on WPS compliance. CEUs will be available.

Pre-registration fee $12.00 in advance or $15.00 at the door. Registration is available through Eventbrite with an additional fee at http://tinyurl.com/j6gpv7b, or send check by August 30th payable to ACES (Alachua County Extension Service). Light refreshments will be served.

See flyer for additonal information.

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

Gardening for Seniors

September 7, 2016; 10:00-11:00 a.m.

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.

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

Make Cheap & Easy Self-Watering Tomato Containers

September 13, 2016; 6:00-7:30 p.m.

This workshop teaches you how to build self-watering tomato containers with supplies that can easily be found locally. Additional information on how to use the containers and what grows in them will be presented. A self-watering container is also provided as well as a tomato transplant with everything you need to grow healthy, tasty tomatoes.

Registration is $20.00 for class and container; $5.00 for class only. You can pre-register through Eventbrite with additional fee at http://tinyurl.com/jlscg65. Class is limited to 20 participants.

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

Turn Your Backyard into an Edible, Sustainable Landscape

September 17, 2016; 8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

This workshop is for the beginner to intermediate gardener that wants to create an edible landscape, utilizing organic principles. Topics include setting up your garden space, fertilization, micro irrigation, pest and disease control, and an introduction to hydroponics. It includes hands-on activities and a manual. Light refreshments will be provided.

Registration is $50.00 for workshop. You can pre-register through Eventbrite with additional fee at http://tinyurl.com/halqty3. Class is limited to 15 participants.

This program is being offered by Dr. Denise DeBusk, Environmental & Community Horticulture Agent and Russ Rice, Master Gardener.

Planting Your Yard for Wildlife

September 22, 2016; 3:00-4:30 p.m.

Learn about planting your yard to attract birds, butterflies, and pollinators. This class identifies various birds and butterflies, as well as the plants that attract them. It includes a tour around the demonstration gardens, informational handouts, and “seed bombs” of native wildflowers.

Registration is $5.00 for class. You can pre-register through Eventbrite with additional fee at http://tinyurl.com/hgbwbso.

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