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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.

February 2015

French Cooking Class

February 21 & 28, 2015; 11:30 am - 2:30 pm

Charmes de la France & UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office are hosting French cooking classes showcasing seasonal delights from the French regional cuisine. Run by French Chef Michel Maloiseau, the cooking classes include step-by-step recipes that are followed by tasting sessions. Brenda Williams will provide nutrition comments during the program. The classes can fit up to 25 people and reservations need to be made on the Charmes de la France website.

The class fee is $45.00 per person and must be paid in advance. To reserve a place, pre-pay or find out more information on the cooking classes, visit http://www.charmesdelafrance.com/event.html. Subject to cancellation if less than 15 registered.

See brochure for more information.

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

Beekeeping Short Course

February 28 and April 18, 2015; 9:00 am

Session One:  Build Your Hive Workday - 2/28/2015 - 9:00 am - 3:00 pm.  Class will be held outdoors, dress appropriately.

Session Two: Introduce the bees from a nuc into the 10-frame hive - 4/18/2015 - 9:00 am

Cost is $200.00 which includes Nuc, 10-frame hive materials, and lunch for Session One.  Pre-registration is required.  Limited to 40 people.

On-line registration with additional fee is available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/beekeeping-short-course-two-sessions-22815-41815-tickets-15114723545. 

See brochure for registration form and more information.

This program is offered by Aparna Gazula, Commercial Horticulture Agent and Barton Wilder, Ag & Natural Resources Agent.

March 2015

Organic Strawberry Workshop

March 3, 2015; 1:00 - 4:20 pm
Frog Song Organics
4317 NE US Highway 301, Hawthorne

Topics include:  Cover Crops Options for Organic Strawberry, Performance of Selected Commercial Strawberry Cultivars, Pest and Disease Management in Organic Strawberry Production - Field Practicum in Pest Idenitification and Consumer Preferences for Strawberry Quality Attributes.

This workshop is free and open to the public, no pre-registration is required. This program is offered by Aparna Gazula, Commercial Horticulture Agent.

Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ - Getting Ready for Spring

March 3, 2015; 2:30 - 3:30 pm
Senior Recreation Center, 5701 NW 34 Street, Gainesville

This class focuses on growing the right plants in the right place, watering efficiently, and fertilizer use.

This program is offered by Wendy Wilber, Environmental Horticulture Agent. 

Youth Fair & Livestock Show

March 6 - 10, 2015
Alachua County Fairgrounds

The Alachua County Youth Fair & Livestock Show Association is a non-profit organization that conducts and operates public fairs and expositions pertaining to agricultural matters and more particularly to the exhibitions of livestock, poultry, crafts, youth projects and farm products.  The fair is an educational platform for the youth in Alachua County who are interested in agriculture. Youth will exhibit both livestock and non-livestock 4-H & FFA projects. 

“The youth fair benefits agriculture and the local community by providing an educational opportunity for youth to learn about production agriculture,” said Dr. Cindy Sanders, UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Director.  “Working with livestock and other agriculture events through the youth fair prepares future citizens of Alachua County to be knowledgeable about agriculture production and land use,” Sanders said.  “This benefits Alachua County by providing citizens the opportunity to see our 4-H & FFA youth projects”. 

A complete schedule of events can be found at the UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County website http://alachua.ifas.ufl.edu. The event is FREE. 

Alachua County 4-H and FFA youth ranging in age from 8 to 18 can participate in the Alachua County Youth Fair and Livestock Show.  Come out and support our 4-H & FFA youth. 

For more information, please contact the UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office at (352)955-2402.

Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ - Saving Money in the Landscape

March 7 &  8, 2015;  1:00 - 2:00 pm
North Central Florida Home & Garden Show
University of Florida, Stephen C. O'Connell Center, 250 Gale Lemerand Drive, Gainesville

Learn to create big impacts on a budget.  Plant selection, cuttings, irrigation, mulch, and pruning will be covered.

For more information see the Spring Gardening Classes brochure.

There is no cost to attend class.  This program is offered by Wendy Wilber, Environmental Horticulture Agent. 

Vegetable Gardening:  Grow Great Tomatoes

March 18, 2015; 6:30 - 8:00 pm

This class will cover growing tomatoes in the garden and containers. We’ll share the basics of how to grow tomatoes in Florida’s challenging environment. Tomato pest control options, including non-chemical choices of combating the scores of tomato insect and disease problems will also be covered.

For more information see the Spring Gardening Classes brochure.

There is no cost to attend class.  Space is limited; pre-register at least 3 days prior to class by calling 352-337-6209 (voice mail).

This program is offered by Wendy Wilber, Environmental Horticulture Agent. 

Food Safety and Quality Program (ServSafe®)

March 19, 2015; 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

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 visit http://fycs.ifas.ufl.edu/Extension/HNFS/FoodSafety/ or call toll-free at 1-888-232-8723.

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

French Cooking Class

March 21, 2015; 11:30 am - 2:30 pm

Charmes de la France & UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office are hosting a French cooking class showcasing seasonal delights from the French regional cuisine. Run by French Chef Michel Maloiseau, the cooking class includes step-by-step recipes that are followed by tasting sessions. Brenda Williams will provide nutrition comments during the program. The classes can fit up to 25 people and reservations need to be made on the Charmes de la France website.

The class fee is $45.00 per person and must be paid in advance. To reserve a place, pre-pay or find out more information on the cooking class, visit http://www.charmesdelafrance.com/event.html. Subject to cancellation if less than 15 registered.

See flyer for more information.

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

Canning Workshop

March 24, 2015; 1:00 - 3:30 pm and repeated at 6:00 to 8:30 pm

Basic information on canning foods using the boiling-water canner and steam pressure canner. Directions and tips will also be included on making jams, jellies and pickles.

No registration fee; printed materials will be available for $3.00 per set. Please pre-register for this class by calling 352-337-6209 (voicemail).  

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

Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ - Lawns and Turf Alternatives

March 24, 2015; 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Tower Road Library, 3020 SW 75 Street, Gainesville

Learn how to shape up your grass in a hurry. This class covers mowing, watering, fertilizing and pest management.

For more information see the Spring Gardening Classes brochure.

There is no cost to attend class.  Space is limited; pre-register at least 3 days prior to class by calling 352-337-6209 (voice mail).

This program is offered by Wendy Wilber, Environmental Horticulture Agent. 

Worker Protection Standard:  Train the Trainer Workshop

March 26, 2015; 9:00 am - noon

This workshop is designed to prepare agricultural producers to train their agriculture workers and pesticide handlers in the Worker Protection Standard (WPS). WPS training is required for all workers on farms, forests, commercial nurseries, and commercial greenhouses.  An official from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will be present to answer questions on WPS compliance.

3 CEUs for Private Applicator, Aerial Application, Agriculture Row Crop, Agriculture Tree Crop, Forest Pest Control and Ornamental & Turf will be available.

Registration fee is $10.00 (includes light refreshments). 

Please register by calling (352)337-6209 (voicemail) no later than March 23rd.   This program is offered by Barton Wilder, Ag & Natural Resources Agent and Aparna Gazula, Commercial Horticulture Agent. 

Growing Blueberries

March 26, 2015; 4:00 - 5:30 pm

Alachua County is one of the top blueberry producing counties in the state. You can easily grow rabbit eye blueberries in your landscape. This class covers planting, fertilizing and pruning.

For more information see the Spring Gardening Classes brochure.

There is no cost to attend class.  Space is limited; pre-register at least 3 days prior to class by calling 352-337-6209 (voice mail).

This program is offered by Wendy Wilber, Environmental Horticulture Agent. 

Fruit Production Workshop

March 28, 2015;  9:00 am - 2:00 pm
UF Straughn Center, 2142 Shealy Drive

This program offers you production and pest management information for peaches, grapes, blueberries and citrus.

$10.00 registration fee, pay at the door or https://eventbrite.com/event/15537376712/

For more information see the Spring Gardening Classes brochure. Space is limited; pre-register at least 3 days prior to class by calling 352-337-6209 (voice mail).

This program is offered by Wendy Wilber, Environmental Horticulture Agent and Aparna Gazula, Ph.D., Commercial Horticulture Agent.

April 2015

Building Your Own Farm's Food Safety

April 14, 2015; 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
UF/IFAS Straughtn Extension Professional Development Center
2142 Shealy Drive, Gainesville

University of Florida/IFAS Extension in north Florida will be offering a one-day workshop to help growers develop their own food safety manuals. At the end of the workshop, your farm will have a ready to print a copy of the main components of a food safety manual and plan for your own farm.
The workshop will be done on a computer (one laptop will be provided for in-house use per farm if necessary) using a web-based food safety manual development program. The workshop will be limited to 20 farms on a first come, first serve basis. Each farm may bring an additional person for those farmers needing computer assistance.

The registration fee is $35.00 for the first person repre-senting a farm (Primary Participant), and $15.00 for an additional attendee (Secondary Participant). The regis-tration fee includes refreshments and lunch for the day. All educational materials in the Food Safety Tool Kit will be provided for the farms through the grant. Registration is confirmed when a registration form and payment is received. The first 20 farms to register will be accepted.

For more information, call UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office at (352) 955-2402. Register online at https://eventbrite.com/event/15522634618/ or visit http://alachua.ifas.ufl.edu for a registration form. Registration forms with payment should be made out to ACES and sent to: 2800 NE 39th Ave, Gainesville, FL 32609.

This program is offered by Aparna Gazula, Commercial Horticulture Agent.  For more information see Commercial Horticulture Class brochure.

Fruits of Alachua County

April 14, 2015; 6:30 - 8:00 pm

We can grow persimmons, peaches, pomegranates, figs, grapes and many more interesting fruits in North Central Florida. Learn the techniques for success in this class.

For more information see the Spring Gardening Classes brochure.

There is no cost to attend class.  Space is limited; pre-register at least 3 days prior to class by calling 352-337-6209 (voice mail).

This program is offered by Wendy Wilber, Environmental Horticulture Agent. 

Microgreens Workshop

April 16, 2015; 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Harvested at the first true leaf stage and sold with the stem, cotyledons (seed leaves), and first true leaves attached, they are among a variety of novel salad greens available on the market that are typically distin-guished categorically by their size and age. Participants will learn about producing microgreens for home use, commercial and local markets.

This program is offered by Aparna Gazula, Commercial Horticulture Agent.  For more information see Commercial Horticulture Class brochure.

Beekeeping Short Course - Part Two

 April 18, 2015; 9:00 am (this date is tentative and might change depending on the availability of the bees)

Session Two: Introduce the bees from a nuc into the 10-frame hive.

Cost is $200.00 which includes Nuc, 10-frame hive materials, and lunch for Session One.  Pre-registration is required.  Limited to 40 people.

On-line registration with additional fee is available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/beekeeping-short-course-two-sessions-22815-41815-tickets-15114723545. 

See brochure for registration form and more information.

This program is offered by Aparna Gazula, Commercial Horticulture Agent and Barton Wilder, Ag & Natural Resources Agent.

Native Plants for Your Landscape for Earth Day

April 22, 2015; 4:00 - 5:30 pm

Learn how to put the right plant in the right place with native shrubs and trees. This class will cover selecting and using native plants in your landscape.

For more information see the Spring Gardening Classes brochure.

There is no cost to attend class.  Space is limited; pre-register at least 3 days prior to class by calling 352-337-6209 (voice mail).

This program is offered by Wendy Wilber, Environmental Horticulture Agent. 

Beekeeping Program

April 25, 2015; 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
UF Plant Science Facility

Topics:  Pest and Disease Management.

This program is offered by Aparna Gazula, Commercial Horticulture Agent.  For more information see Commercial Horticulture Class brochure

Green Industries Best Management Practices

April 28, 2015; 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

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, ser-vices or other valuable consideration.

An “Institutional Fertilizer Applicator” means any per-son, other than a non-commercial or commercial appli-cator (unless such definitions also apply under the cir-cumstances), 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 con-dominium and/or common ownership.

Earn CEUs for pesticide license holders. For CEUs, get form signed before you leave. Continuing Education Units will be offered in the following categories: 2 Core and 2 Ornamental & Turf, Limited Commercial Land-scape Maintenance categories.

Cost $25.00 includes materials and lunch.  See brochure for more information.

This program is offered by Aparna Gazula, Ph.D., Commercial Horticulture Agent.

Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ & Pruning

April 28, 2015; 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Tower Branch Road Library

Learn to put the right plant in the right place. Also this class will cover which plants need to be pruned and when.

For more information see the Spring Gardening Classes brochure.

There is no cost to attend class.  Space is limited; pre-register at least 3 days prior to class by calling 352-337-6209 (voice mail).

This program is offered by Wendy Wilber, Environmental Horticulture Agent. 

May 2015

Attracting Butterflies & Pollinators to Your Garden

May 5, 2015; 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Florida is home to over 170 species of butterflies. Learn which plants will attract the beautiful visitors and other pollinators to your environmentally friendly garden.

For more information see the Spring Gardening Classes brochure.

There is no cost to attend class.  Space is limited; pre-register at least 3 days prior to class by calling 352-337-6209 (voice mail).

This program is offered by Wendy Wilber, Environmental Horticulture Agent. 

Limited Commercial Landscape Maintenance

May 14, 2015; 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

This class includes six hours of the required training for LCLM license applicants. Participants needing recertifi-cation can attend the first four hours of class, but are encouraged to take the Advanced Landscape Training Workshop instead. The LCLM license exam will be giv-en the same day as the class. You must have all of your license application paperwork completed to sit for the exam.

Continuing Education Units will be offered in the fol-lowing categories: 3 General Standards/Core, 3 Orna-mental & Turf, 3 Private 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.  See brochure for more information.

This program is offered by Aparna Gazula, Ph.D., Commercial Horticulture Agent.

Annual Plant Sale & Ag Fest

May 16, 2015; 8:00 am - noon

Plant sale is a fundraiser for the Alachua County Master Gardener Volunteer Program. Ag Fest will include workshops and educational booths.

For more information see the Spring Gardening Classes brochure.

There is no cost to attend class.  Space is limited; pre-register at least 3 days prior to class by calling 352-337-6209 (voice mail).

This program is offered by Wendy Wilber, Environmental Horticulture Agent. 

It Is Not Too Hot To Garden

May 21, 2015; 6:30 - 8:00 pm

You can have a productive garden in summer with good variety selection and maintenance techniques.  Come learn how to have a hot garden.

For more information see the Spring Gardening Classes brochure.

There is no cost to attend class.  Space is limited; pre-register at least 3 days prior to class by calling 352-337-6209 (voice mail).

This program is offered by Wendy Wilber, Environmental Horticulture Agent.  

June 2015

Honey Extraction

June 13, 2015; 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
UF Plant Science Facility

Topics:  Honey Extraction from bee hive.

This program is offered by Aparna Gazula, Commercial Horticulture Agent.  For more information see Commercial Horticulture Class brochure.  

Green Industries Best Management Practices

June 30, 2015; 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

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, ser-vices or other valuable consideration.

An “Institutional Fertilizer Applicator” means any per-son, other than a non-commercial or commercial appli-cator (unless such definitions also apply under the cir-cumstances), 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 con-dominium and/or common ownership.

Earn CEUs for pesticide license holders. For CEUs, get form signed before you leave. Continuing Education Units will be offered in the following categories: 2 Core and 2 Ornamental & Turf, Limited Commercial Land-scape Maintenance categories.

Cost $25.00 includes materials and lunch.  See brochure for more information.

This program is offered by Aparna Gazula, Ph.D., Commercial Horticulture Agent.

 

 

 

 

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