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.

October 2017

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 TBA)

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.

November 2017

Vegetable Gardening for Beginners - CLASS IS FULL

November 2, 2017; 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Newberry Library Branch
110 South Seaboard Drive, Newberry, FL 32669

Learn to start a vegetable garden using the square foot gardening technique. Bed construction, soil preparation, vegetables that can be grown, and pest control will be covered.

The class will be Laurel Greene, Master Gardener.

Perennials in the Florida-Friendly Landscape - CLASS IS FULL

November 8, 2017; 9;30-11:00 a.m.
Kanapaha Botanical Gardens
4700 SW 58 Drive, Gainesville, FL
 32608

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

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

Is Organic Certification for You?

November 8, 2017; 5:00-8:00 p.m.

Come and learn what it takes to run a certified organic operation, how to prepare your operation for application and hear from a local certified organic farmer, Charlie Andrews. Mr. Andrews runs Hammock Hollow Farm, a 7-acre certified organic operation in Island Grove, Florida. He has decades of experience growing high-quality organic vegetables and sells primarily to restaurants and farmers’ markets.

Whether you are a new grower who wants to offer organic produce to your clients or an experienced grower looking into transitioning some acreage to organic farming, this is the right event for you. Workshop topics will include:

• Main requirements for certification • Working with a certification agency

• How to prepare your operation for application • Complying with recordkeeping requirements

• Learning how to identify inputs acceptable for organic production

• Advice, tips and lessons learned from an experienced certified organic grower

• Cost sharing and other resources

The registration fee is $18.00 (will be $20.00 if you register after November 4th). Registration is available through Eventbrite at http://tinyurl.com/ya86ls5h.  No refunds. For more information about this program call 352-955-2402

See program flyer for more information.

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

Fall Pond Workshop Series - Aquatic Weed Management & Selecting Desirable Pond Plants (September 21 class was canceled - rescheduled date TBA)

November 14, 2017; 6:30-8:00 p.m.
UF 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. Dr. Stephen Enloe and Dr. Kevin Korus will be conducting this workshop. A large variety of live aquatic plants will be on display and used as part of this program. Attendees should bring live samples of their problem plants. 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 through Eventbrite at http://tinyurl.com/yauh4n6l. No refunds.

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

Beekeeping Series: Gardening & Bees

November 18, 2017; 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Join us for a class focused on pollinators, their role in your garden and agriculture and learn about ways to attract and conserve them. Live bees will be used; please dress in protective clothing. See flyer for more information.

Space is limited; please pre-register by November 13. The registration fee is $5.00. Registration is available through Eventbrite at http://tinyurl.com/k7muw9n. No refunds. Please note: This class will be held at the UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County located at 2800 NE 39th Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32609.

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