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.

March 2015

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

Backstage Pass - Behind the Scenes Ag Tour

April 10, 2015; 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Come and learn more about what is growing in Alachua County's backyard and to see what local agriculture is all about.

Farm stops include:  Ramsey Stock Farm, UF Organic Gardens Cooperative, Florida Farm Bureau, UF/IFAS Meats Lab, and UF/IFAS Food Science Labs.

Arrive by 7:45 am for check-in.  Tour Bus leaves at 8:15 am and will return at 4:00 pm.  Lunch will be served.

Registration is limited to the first 50 paid registrants.  Registration fee is $30.00.  See flyer for registration information.  For more informaiton, call 352-955-2402.

14th Annual Dallas Osborne 4-H Benefit Trail Ride

April 12, 2015;  11:30 am
San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park Headquarters
12720 NW 109 Lane, Alachua

OPen to 4-H and the Public to help support our youth with educational scholarships.

Ride Entry Fee $30.00 Iincludes lunch).  $5.00 lunch for non-riders.  To resgier and for more information, please see flyer

Master Herdsman Series

April 13, April 20, April 27, May 4, & May 11, 2015; 6:00- 8:00 pm
Suwannee Valley Agricultural Extension Center Farm
8202 County Road 417, Live Oak, FL

This series will cover the following topics:  goats, poultry, equine, cattle, economics and forage production.  Participants must attend at least 4 workshops to become a Master Herdsman.

See flyer for more information.

The registration fee is $50.00 (includes light refreshments) for the entire series or $20.00 per class.  Registration is available on-line with additional fee at http://tinyurl.com/p5v5y3g.  Please pre-register at least 3 days in advance by calling 352-955-2402.

For more information about this series, please contact Barton Wilder, Ag & Natural Resources Agent, at 352-955-2042.

Building Your Own Farm's Food Safety Manual

April 14, 2015; 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
UF/IFAS Straughn 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 registration 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 see 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.

Canning Workshop

April 14, 2015; 1:30 - 3:30 pm and repeated at 6:00 to 8:00 pm
UF/IFAS Extension Levy County Office
625 N Hathaway Avenue, Alt 27, Bronson, FL

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 352-486-5131.  

See flyer for more information.

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

Fruits for 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 Aparna Gazula, Commercial 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.

Canning Workshop

April 21, 2015; 1:30 - 3:30 pm and repeated at 6:00 to 8:30 pm
Dixie County Public Library, 16328 SE 19 Hwy, Cross City

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 352-498-1219.  

See flyer for more information.

This program is offered by Brenda Williams, Family & Consumer Sciences 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 will be presented by Alachua County Master Gardener Volunteer.

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 - 4:00 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.

2015 Ag Fest & Master Gardener Plant Sale

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.

Presentations will be held on the following:  Growing Fruit; Bees & Pesticides; Cooking Matters.  Information Booths on:  Livestock, Beekeeping, Rain Barrels, Free pH soil testing, Raised-Bed Gardening, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, and Composting (free wire bin composter).

Plant Sale is a fundraiser for the Alachua County Master Gardener Volunteer Program.  Thousands of plants for rock-bottom prices.

See flyer for more information.

Please contact us at 352-955-2402 for special needs or additional information.  No pets please.

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 18, 2015; 8:30 am - 4:00 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.