Alachua County Extension Calendar

For persons requiring special accommodations, please contact the respective Extension Agent at (352) 955-2402 (voice) or TDD/TYY (352) 955-2406 or at the Alachua County Extension Office, 2800 NE 39th Avenue, Gainesville FL 32609. Please contact the Extension 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 Alachua County Extension Service's programs, please contact the Alachua County Extension Office at 352/955-2402 (Voice), 352/955-2406 (TDD/TYY), 352/334-0122 (FAX) or e-mail at Alachua@ifas.ufl.edu.

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

October 2014

Green Industries Best Management Practices

October 29, 2014; 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This workshop is designed to provide training in Best Management Practices for anyone working in the lawn, landscape, pest control, or municipal grounds areas. This is a required training class for all commercial and institutional fertilizer applicators in Alachua County according to the Alachua County Fertilizer Standards and Management Practices Code.

A “Commercial Fertilizer Applicator” means any person who applies fertilizer on turf and/or landscape plants in Alachua County in exchange for money, goods, services or other valuable consideration.

An “Institutional Fertilizer Applicator” means any person, other than a non-commercial or commercial applicator (unless such definitions also apply under the circumstances), that applies fertilizer for the purpose of maintaining turf and/or landscape plants. Institutional applicators shall include, but shall not be limited to, owners and managers of public lands, schools, parks, religious institutions, utilities, industrial or business sites and any residential properties maintained in condominium and/or common ownership.

Best Management Practices are focused on reducing non-point source pollution resulting from fertilization or pesticide application.  In some areas, you need to be certified in the BMPs to be able to bid on jobs or have commercial customers.  It will be mandatory throughout the state in the near future.  Stay a step ahead of the new requirements.

  • Earn CEUs for pesticide license holders.  For CEUs, get form signed before you leave.
  • (2) CORE, (2) Ornamental & Turf, Limited Commercial Landscape Maintenance categories.

See brochure for more information.

Cost $25.00 includes materials and lunch. This program is offered by Aparna Gazula, Commercial Horticulture Agent, and Barton Wilder, Ag & Natural Resources Agent.

November 2014

Limited Commercial Landscape Maintenance

November 5, 2014; 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

This class includes six hours of the required training for LCLM licenses applicants.  Participants needing recertification can attend the first four hours of class, but are encourated to take the Advanced Landscape Training Workshop instead.  The LCLM license exam will be given the same day as the class.  Participants must have all license application paperwork completed to sit for the exam.

Continuing Education Units will be offered in the following categories:  3 General Standards/Core, 3 Ornamental & Turf, 3 Praivate Applicator Ag, 3 Limited Lawn & Ornamental, 3 Limited Landscape Maintenance, 3 Commercial Lawn & Ornamental.

The registration fee is $30.00 and includes program materials, refreshments, and lunch for the day.  This program is offered by Aparna Gazula, Commercial Horticulture Agent.

Microgreens - A New Specialty Crop

November 6, 2014; 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Frequently called "vegetable confetti," microgreens are young, tender greens that are used to enhance the color, texture, or flavor of salads, or to granish a wide variety of main dishes. Harvested at the first true leaf stage and sold with the stem, cotyledons (seed leaves), are first true leaves attached, they are among a variety of novel salad greens available on the market that are typically distinguished categorically by their size and age. Participants will learn about producing microgreens for home use, commercial and local markets.

See flyer for more details.

This class is free of charge. Pre-register by calling 352-337-6209 at least 3 days prior to workshop. This program is offered by Aparna Gazula, Commercial Horticulture Agent, and Robert Hochmuth, Multi-County Extension Agent - Vegetables Small Farms Statewide Coordinator.

Trees & Shrubs Florida-Friendly Landscaping™

November 12, 2014; 4:30 - 5:30 pm

Trees and shrubs provide structure to your Florida-Friendly landscape.  Learn how to plant, prune and maintain trees and shrubs for a beautiful yard.  This program is offered by Wendy Wilber, Environmental Horticulture Agent.  This class is free of charge.  Pre-register at least 3 days prior to class by calling 352-337-6209 (voice mail).

Growing Shiitake and Oyster Mushrooms

November 15, 2014; 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

This workshop will teach how to grow mushrooms.  Shiitake mushrooms are grown on hardwood logs and oyster mushrooms can be grown on straw. See flyer - Shittake mushrooms and flyer - Oyster mushrooms.

This program is offered by Wendy Wilber, Environmental Horticulture Agent and Aparna Gazula, Commercial Horticulture Agent.  This class is free of charge.  Pre-register at least 3 days prior to class by calling 352-337-6209 (voice mail).

Drip Irrigation School

November 18, 2014; 8:30 am - 5:00 pm and November 19, 2014; 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Suwannee Valley Agricultural Extension Center, Live Oak, Florida

Topics covered include: drip irrigation system design, components, and installation. Scheduling irrigation events, fertigation & chemigation, movement of water in mulched beds, system maintenance, troubleshooting.

See agenda for more information.

Cost is $80.00 early bird, $55.00 extra person (November 18) and $105.00 regular, $70.00 extra person (November 19). Registration includes materials, snacks & lunches. Early bird if registration is postmarked by November 7. Registration link: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/drip-irrigation-school-registration-12579941945?aff=eorg.

This program is offered by Aparna Gazula, Commercial Horticulture Agent.  The program will be presented by Robert Hochmuth, Multi-County Extension Agent - Vegetables Small Farms Statewide Coordinator, and Mace Bauer, CED & Agricultural Agent, Columbia County Extension. 

Food Safety & Quality Program

November 19, 2014; 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Food Safety Concepts: Personal Hygiene, Food Safety Hazards, Importance of Food Safety, HACCP Concepts and Food Codes, Proper Cleaning & Sanitizing Procedures, Safely Receiving, Cooling, Serving, & Storing Foods, Proper Thawing, Cooking, Hot Holding, and Reheating Foods.

For more information and registration, see brochure. For more information call toll-free (888) 232-8723. This program is offered by Brenda Williams, Family & Consumer Sciences Agent.

1st Annual Florida Fall Cattlemen's Conference & Allied Trade Show

November 20, 2014; 8:00 am
Southeastern Livestock Pavilion, 2232 NE Jacksonville Road, Ocala, FL 34470
352-671-8400

Foundations of Profitability: Florida Cattle Industry Update, Beef Economics, Does Your Hay Make the Grade?, Pregnancy Diagnosis & Management, Chute Side Manners, and Feed Tag Math.

Register at: Eventbrite.com. Search Florida Fall Cattlemen. $25.00 registration fee. Register by 11/7/2014. Contact Mark Shuffit for more information at jmsh@ufl.edu.

See flyer for more information.

Becoming A Hobby Beekeeper

November 22, 2014; 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

See flyer for more details and registration information..

Explore the world of honey bees and steps to becoming a beekeeper at the “Beginner Beekeeper Short Course”. This course will allow the participants to receive a complete perspective of the process and expense involved with keeping honey bees as a hobby or alternative farm enterprise. It should allow the participant to decide if this is something they want to do. For others, it offers an excellent opportunity to learn about this useful, often misunderstood insect so important to the food supply. Topics include: bee equipment and how to set up a hive, packaged bees & queens and sources for help, installing bees and how to get them off to a good start, honeybee pests, the Africanized honeybee, honey collection and extraction techniques.

$15.00 registration fee (includes materials and lunch).  Pre-register by calling 352-337-6209 (voicemail).  This program is offered by Aparna Gazula, Commercial Horticulture Agent, and Barton Wilder, Ag & Natural Resources Agent.