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.

April 2017

Financial Fitness Series

April 5, 12, 19 & 26, 2017; 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Catholic Charities
1701 NE 9th 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 at 352-372-0294 ext. 111 or jdixon@ccgnv.org.

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

Made for Shade

April 19, 2017; 9:30-11:00 a.m.
Kanapaha Botanical Gardens
4700 SW 58th Drive, Gainesville, FL 32608

The class will cover plants used for areas with shade, including groundcovers, perennials, shrubs, and trees. After a presentation in the classroom, explore the Camellia/Azalea garden on a guided tour highlighting shade plants. The class will be led by Master Gardeners, Lissa Campbell and Irma Velez.

The class is free, but you must pay the entrance fee into Kanapaha Botanical Gardens ($8) at the door and you can explore the rest of the garden after the class. No cost for members. Register through Eventbrite at http://tinyurl.com/jaq3qxr. Limited to 30 participants.

FFL Series: Attract Wildlife

April 25, 2017; 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Learn what can be added to the landscape to attract birds, butterflies, hummingbirds, and other wildlife and some of the plants you can plant.

Registration fee is $5.00 for class. You can pre-register through Eventbrite with additional fee at http://tinyurl.com/jmld2ao. No refunds. Limited to 30 participants.

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

Florida Agriculture Networking Meeting: Vegetable Organic Farming in North Central FL -CANCELED

April 25, 2017; 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Siembra Farm & The Family Garden, 1655 SE 23rd PL, Gainesville, 32641

Topics to be discussed during this meeting include cultivation of organic vegetables in north central Florida (tours), cultivars for vegetable production and organic certification. There will be ample time for farmer-to-farmer networking. The farm tours are designed for farmers that want to learn about organic production in North Central Florida and will focus on vegetable organic production followed by networking session on the farm side.  Educational content includes vegetable varieties to use in organic cropping and organic certification basics.

The tickets are $15.00.  To register visit http://tinyurl.com/l5yzv2y or call the Alachua County Extension Office at 352-955-2402.

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

Beekeeping - Colony Management & Swarm Control

April 29, 2017: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
UF Bee Unit
2895 SW 23rd Terrace, Gainesville, FL 32611

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. See flyer for more information.

Registration cost is $5.00. Register through Eventbrite with additional fee at http://tinyurl.com/havwm52. No refunds.

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

May 2017

FFL Series: Protect the Waterfront

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

Learn what happens when the waterfront is not protected and what can be done to protect it from environmental concerns. The class will include a soil erosion demonstration and an activity where you select plants that work around your waterfront. Participants will receive handbooks and materials.

Registration is $5.00 for class. Register through Eventbrite at http://tinyurl.com/keko8ts. No refunds. Limited to 30 participants.

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

Maintaining Your Citrus

May 11, 2017; 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Learn to maintain delicious oranges, tangerines, lemons and grapefruit trees in your backyard. Also covers variety selection, fertilization, freeze protection, and pest control. Participants will create a management plan for their citrus.

Registration is $5.00 for class. Register through Eventbrite at http://tinyurl.com/hwpnmp7. No refunds. Limited to 30 participants.

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

2017 Small Ruminant Workshop

May 13, 2017; 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Topics will include: evaluation of meat goat breeds, checking for parasites, forages and toxic weeds, FDACS – milk and cheese regulations, and FAMACHA training. Also there will be a special guest speaker, Dr. Richard Browning, from Tennessee State University.

The registration fee is $10.00 (includes meal). Please RSVP to Dr. Cindy Sanders by May 8, 2017. You can mail the registration fee (make checks payable to Alachua County Extension Service) to UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County (2800 NE 39 Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32609) or pay at the door.

See flyer for more information.

This program is being offered by Dr. Cindy Sanders, Director/Livestock Agent.

Food Safety & Quality Program (ServSafe®)

May 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/nmdc3sc.

See brochure for more information.

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

Vegetable Disease ID for Field & Protected Agriculture

May 18, 2017; 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Suwannee Valley Ag Extension Center
8202 CR 417, Live Oak, FL 32060

This program provides the basics of plant pathology, macro and microscopic diagnostic procedures, hands-on identification of plant diseases and nematodes in different protected agriculture structures and open field vegetable crops. The program concludes with a discussion on plant disease and nematode management.

Continuing Education Units will be offered in the following categories: 4-Private Applicator and 4- Agriculture Row Crop – the maximum will be 4 CEUs.

Registration cost is $75.00 (primary participant), $50.00 for secondary participant. Limited to 20 participants. Registration is available through Eventbrite at http://www.VegetableDisease.eventbrite.com or register by mail, send form and payment to: (checks payable to) University of Florida, 7580 County Rd. 136, Live Oak, FL 32060.

See flyer for more information.

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

2017 Ag Fest & Master Gardener Plant Sale

May 20, 2017; 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

The Master Gardener Plant Sale will have a variety of herbs, annuals, perennials, natives, trees and more will be available at exceptional prices. Master Gardener volunteers will be on site for advice on selection and care of your plants. This annual plant sale is a fundraiser for the Alachua County Master Gardener Volunteer Program.

The Ag Fest will be providing information on the following: beekeeping, composting, 4-H program, Department of Agriculture, Florida-Friendly Landscaping™, Food & Nutrition Program, raised bed gardening, canning and more. Also presentations are scheduled on Planting and Maintaining Trees & Shrubs that will be held from 8:45-9:15 a.m. and Growing Blueberries from 9:45-10:15 a.m.

See flyer for more information.  Admission & parking are free.

Manage Yard Pests Responsibly

May 23, 2017; 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Learn about the pests and diseases that can plague a landscape and what can be done about them. Participants will develop an integrated pest management plan for tackling their most common pests.

Registration is $5.00 for class. Register through Eventbrite at http://tinyurl.com/l3u8sf6. Limited to 30 participants. No refunds.

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

Introduction to the Master Gardener Volunteer Program

May 30, 2017; 10:00-11:00 a.m.

Are you interested in becoming an UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Master Gardener volunteer? You will learn more about the program and what it takes to become a Master Gardener.

This class is free. Register on Eventbrite at http://tinyurl.com/k7p2kne.

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