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 2017

4H County Awards Banquet

August 18, 2017; 6:00 p.m.
UF Straughn Center
2142 Shealy Drive, Gainesville, FL 32611

Please plan to attend the upcoming Annual County Awards Banquet. Club leaders, volunteers, 1/5/10 year members, and youth who turned in record books will be receiving awards. Also included will be some county and horse program awards.

RSVP by email to Amanda at amorgan@alachuacounty.us by August 4th.

September 2017

Private Applicator Pesticide Training & Review

September 6, 2017; 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

This workshop is designed to provide training for the private applicator and agricultural row crops pest control licenses. The private applicator license is required for anyone that applies restricted use pesticides to their own farm, greenhouse or nursery. Topics include: Pesticide labeling, regulations, equipment calibration, pesticide arithmetic, pesticide safety, and principles of pest control.

This program offers up to 4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) in 2-Ag Row Crop Pest Control, 2-General Standards/Core, and 2-Private Applicator Ag Pest Control.

Please pre-register by September 1. The registration fee is $18.00 per person (includes lunch). Late registration fee at the door is $20.00. Registration is available through Eventbrite at http://tinyurl.com/y8pe36ng. No refunds.  See flyer for more information.

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

Growing Cool Season Vegetables in the Garden

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

Fall and winter are a great time to garden in Alachua County. This class will go over which plants to grow and how to grow them. Cabbage, kale, broccoli and different greens will be covered.

There is no cost to attend this class. Please register to attend this class through Eventbrite at http://tinyurl.com/y7nqezhm. Limited to 30 participants.

This class will be conducted by Doug Collins, Master Gardener.

Perennials in the Florida-Friendly Landscape

September 13, 2017; 9:30 - 11:00 a.m.
Kanapaha Botanical Gardens
4700 SW 58 Drive, Gainesville, FL 32608

Perennial plants can add low maintenance, color, and attract butterflies and hummingbirds. Learn how to create a perennial garden that is beautiful and Florida-Friendly. Participants will be given a tour of the gardens.

The class is included in the admission into the park and the ticket simply allows you to reserve a seat in the class. Pay the $8.00 entrance fee into Kanapaha Botanical Gardens at the greeting desk (free if you have a membership). Please register through Eventbrite at http://tinyurl.com/y9qstqgp. Limited to 30 participants.

This class will be conducted by Maria Huff Edwards, Master Gardener.

Alachua County Youth Fair & Livestock Show Steer Weigh-In

September 14, 2017; 7:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Santa Fe High School
16213 NW US Hwy 441, Alachua, FL 32615

For more information, contact Dr. Cindy Sanders, Director/Livestock Agent, at 352-955-2402.

Master Gardener Palm School (for Master Gardeners only)

September 15, 2017; 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Freedom Center (Veterans Memorial Park)
7430 SW 41 PL, Gainesville, FL 32608

This class is for Master Gardeners only. The Palm School is hosted by UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County and presented by Dr. Monica Elliott and Dr. Tim Broschat. The class topics include: palm anatomy and morphology/diagnosing palm problems, palm physiological disorders, palm nutrition disorders, palm fertilization and pruning, and the top 3 palm diseases.

The registration fee is $20.00 (includes lunch and snacks) through Eventbrite at http://tinyurl.com/y9nmccls. The deadline for registration is September 1st. Limited to 75 participants. See flyer for more information.

4-H County Council Barn Dance

September 16, 2017; 5:30 p.m.
C-Bar Ranch
22889 N SR 121, Alachua, FL 32615

Put your boots on and come join Alachua County 4-H’ers for an old fashion barn dance. We will have line dance lessons, games, carriage rides and a photo booth.

The cost is $15.00 for 4-H members, $20.00 for non 4-H members, $60.00 for families and Cloverbuds get in free. Please pre-order tickets at http://tinyurl.com/y8leoffe. See flyer for more information.

This program will be conducted by Amanda Morgan, 4H Agent.

Landscaping for Newcomers

September 18, 2017; 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 

This class is geared to the new homeowner or newcomer to Alachua County. It focuses on Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ principles, as well as Alachua County ordinances and soil and weather conditions specific to Alachua County and Florida. Participants will receive a newcomer’s packet filled with information and water-saving devices.

The class registration fee is $5.00. Please register through Eventbrite at http://tinyurl.com/y8trbx8s or call 352-955-2402. Limited to 40 participants. No refunds.

This class will be conducted by Dr. Denise DeBusk, Environmental & Community Horticulture Agent.

1st 4-H County Council Meeting

September 19, 2017; 6:30 p.m. 

The County Council Meetings are held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month while school is in session. There is a free dinner hosted by a club each month starting at 6:00 p.m. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. and discusses county programs, educational events, and usually has a community service project too. Each club should send a member to give a report on the club and take back information to share with their club.

This meeting is open to all 4-H'ers or families interested in 4-H. For more information, please contact Amanda Morgan, 4-H Agent, at 352-955-2402.

Fall Pond Workshop Series (September 21, October 17 & November 14)

September 21, 2017; 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
University of Florida Fisheries & Aquatic Sciences
7922 NW 71 Street, Gainesville, FL 32653

The fall pond workshop series will cover different topics for each of the scheduled dates. The workshop scheduled for September 21st will be conducted by both Dr. Charles Cichra and Dr. Kevin Korus. Dr. Cichra will cover fish pond management (including construction, species selection and stocking rates/times, harvesting and management options). Dr. Korus will discuss determining the area and volume of your pond (information that is needed for stocking purposes, water quality management, aquatic weed control, and fish health treatments). Presenters will stay after each program to answer your questions that were not addressed and a variety of handouts will be available.

The registration fee is $6.00 (includes light refreshments) for each workshop. The workshop is limited to 35 participants for each date. You can register for the September 21st workshop through Eventbrite at http://tinyurl.com/yblge3rj. The additional workshop registration dates are available at http://tinyurl.com/ybo4j768 for October 17th and http://tinyurl.com/yauh4n6l for November 14th. No refunds.

This series will be conducted by Dr. Kevin Korus, Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent.

Building Your Own Farm's Food Safety Manual

September 25, 2017; 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
UF Straughn Center
2142 Shealy Drive, Gainesville, FL

This workshop is designed for fruit and/or vegetable farming operations.

A one-day workshop to help growers actually develop their own food safety manuals. Upon completion of this workshop, participants will have built the main parts of their own food safety manual and will understand what is needed to complete their plan.

The class will be done on a computer (one laptop provided per farm upon request if needed and will be limited to 20 farms), using a web-based food safety manual development program. Those farmers needing assistance on the computer can bring a computer-savvy helper.

Please register by September 21. The registration fee is $38.00 for the first person representing a farm and $17.00 for an additional attendee from that farm (includes refreshments and lunch for the day). Please register through Eventbrite at http://tinyurl.com/lsdxq43. No refunds. Check-in/computer assignment and set-up begins at 8:15 a.m.

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

Self-Watering Container Gardening

September 27, 2017; 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.

This workshop teaches you how to build self-watering 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 provided as well as a cool-season transplant with everything you need to grow healthy produce.

The cost is $20.00 for class and container. Please register through Eventbrite at http://tinyurl.com/y7j3zmvb or call 352-955-2402. Limited to 25 participants. No refunds.

This class will be conducted by Dr. Denise DeBusk, Environmental & Community Horticulture Agent.

Do It Yourself Hydroponic Class

September 29, 2017; 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Hydroponics is a growing alternative to produce high quality and profitable specialty crops. Hydroponic technologies also have the advantage of increasing production per square foot in comparison with traditional agriculture.

Join us for an interactive class where you will learn how to put together your own hydroponic system. We have also invited a local hydroponic grower to resolve your inquiries regarding hydroponic production from a commercial perspective.

The registration is $20.00 through Eventbrite at http://tinyurl.com/y7dw9tlw or $25.00 if you register after September 22nd. No refunds. See flyer for more information.

This class will be conducted by Dr. Tatiana Sanchez, Commercial Horticulture Agent.

Homestead Poultry Workshop

September 30, 2017; 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
UF/IFAS Extension Marion County
2232 NE Jacksonville Road, Ocala, FL

Topics will include: breed selection, disease and parasites, nutrition for backyard laying flocks, egg production and incubation, biosecurity, harvesting guidelines and more.

The registration fee is $12.00 (includes lunch). Please register through Eventbrite at http://tinyurl.com/y94qp97v by September 25, 2017. No refunds. See flyer for more information.

This workshop will be conducted by Dr. Cindy Sanders, Director/Livestock Agent.