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.

September 2017

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 - CLASS IS CANCELED

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 21st. No refunds. See flyer for more information.

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

Alachua County Youth Fair & Livestock Show Steer Weigh-In

September 30, 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.

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.

October 2017

Florida Agriculture Network (FAN) Meeting

October 2, 2017; 4:00-7:00 p.m.
Deep Spring Farm,
16419 W. CR 1491, Alachua, FL

Farmer-to-farmer network: The next FAN meeting will cover agritourism as a business opportunity for farmers who want to learn more about it. If you have or are thinking about a fruit stand, u-pick, farm tours, etc., this program is for you. This meeting will be presented by Jim DeValerio, Agricultural & CRD Agent, Bradford County.

See flyer for more information.

Registration fee is $15.00 (or $20.00 after September 25th). Limited to 40 participants. Please pre-register by September 25. Registration is available through Eventbrite at http://tinyurl.com/uwo88tt. Refreshments will be provided. No refunds.

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

4-H Club Officer Training

October 4, 2017; 6:00-8:00 p.m.

This training is open to anyone who is or is interested in becoming a club officer. The meeting will go over the individual roles of each office, have fun activities and team building games.

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

Growing Cool Season Vegetables

October 5, 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 for the class. This class will be conducted by Doug Collins, Master Gardener.

There is no registration fee but pre-registration is required. Register through Eventbrite at http://tinyurl.com/ydfg45ec. Limited to 30 participants.

Limited Commercial Landscape Maintenance

October 11, 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. Up to six (6) CEU’s will be available.

See flyer for more information.

Please pre-register by October 6. The registration fee is $30.00 per person (includes lunch) or $10.00 half day (no lunch). Registration is available through Eventbrite at http://tinyurl.com/zedsfzt. No refunds.

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

Butterfly Gardening

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

Florida is home to over 170 species of butterflies. Learn which plants will attract the beautiful visitors to your environmentally friendly garden. Participants will take a tour of Butterfly Hill. 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 entrance fee into Kanapaha Botanical Gardens at the greeting desk (free if you have a membership). This class will be conducted by Linda Burleson, Master Gardener.

Participants can register online through Eventbrite at http://tinyurl.com/ydxkqync. Limited to 30 participants, pre-registration required.

Crash Course for North Florida Gardening

October 13 & October 27, 2017; 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 

Learn about trees, plants, and gardening in Florida during a two-day seminar for newcomers and those wanting to learn more. Notebooks, refreshments and plenty of garden material will be given away to participants. Classes will contain information on Florida Friendly plants, annuals, perennials, attracting wildlife, trees, shrubs, vegetables, turfgrass, palms and fruit trees. Appropriate watering and fertilization methods will be discussed as well as proper pruning and plant selection.

See flyer for more information.

The class registration fee is $50.00 per person. Participants can register online through Eventbrite at http://tinyurl.com/y83nduoa. Limited to 25 participants, pre-registration is required. No refunds.

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

4-H County Council Meeting

October 17, 2017; 6:30 p.m.
Vento Hills Farm

The County Council meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month. This year we are trying to increase participation county-wide so County Council will be traveling around the county for meetings instead of only meeting at the Extension Office. County Council meetings are open to all 4-H members to learn about what other members are doing around the county and in their clubs. There will also be a community service project and leadership activities.

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

Fall Pond Workshop Series October 17 & November 14 (September 21 class was canceled - rescheduled date will be in December)

October 17, 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 October 17th workshop topics include: fish health and water quality (common fish diseases and parasites and their management, water quality (dissolved oxygen pH, alkalinity, etc.) testing and management. Attendees are encouraged to bring samples from their ponds in sealable mason jars or any other appropriate container. Water quality testing will be conducted during the program and results delivered at the end of the workshop. Dr. Ruth Francis-Floyd and Dr. Kevin Korus will be conducting this workshop. Presenters will stay after each program to answer your questions that were not addressed and a variety of handouts will be available.

See flyer for more information.

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 through Eventbrite at http://tinyurl.com/ybo4j768 for October 17th and http://tinyurl.com/yauh4n6l for November 14th. No refunds.  The canceled September 21st class will be rescheduled for date to be determined in December.

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

Green Industries Best Management Practices (GI-BMP)

October 18, 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 from UF/IFAS and FDEP. GI-BMP Certification is required to apply for the Fertilizer Application License. Earn Continue Education Units (CEUs) for pesticide license holders - up to 4 CEUs will be available.

See flyer for more information.

Please pre-register by October 13. The registration fee is $25.00 (includes lunch & materials). Registration is available through Eventbrite at http://tinyurl.com/hg54jrf. No refunds.

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

Beekeeping Series: Preparing for Winter & Hive Set-Up-CLASS IS FULL

October 21, 2017; 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

This series of classes are designed for the 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.  See flyer for more information.

Registration fee for this class is $5.00. You can register through Eventbrite at http://tinyurl.com/lpso9hj. No refunds.

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

Growing Herbs in the Garden - CLASS IS FULL

October 25, 2017; 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Millhopper Library Branch
3145 NW 43 Street, Gainesville, FL 32606

Herbs are plants which are grown for the special flavor and aroma of their various parts. They have been grown in backyard gardens for centuries and are used to season, enrich, or otherwise improve the taste or smell of certain foods. Learn about those that will grow successfully and when to plant them in the north-central Florida garden. This class will be conducted by Dr. Paul Kroeger, Master Gardener.

There is no cost for the class, pre-registration is required. Participants can register online through Eventbrite at http://tinyurl.com/y8aw7nvg. Limited to 60 participants.

Small Farm & Homestead Farm Processing Safety & Success

October 30, 2017; 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Working Group Community Center
2219 NW 10 Avenue, Gainesville, FL
 

Topics will include: food safety basics, Cottage Food update, farm processing meat & eggs. This program will also be presented by Dr. Cindy Sanders and Anna Prizzia.

See flyer for more information.

For more information about this program contact Dr. Cindy Sanders, Livestock Agent, at 352-955-2402.