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.

August 2014

Green Industries Best Management Practices

August 5, 2014; 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, 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.

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

Becoming a Beekeeper - Beginners Short Courses
Protective Bee Suit with Gloves and Veil - Required

August 16, 2014; 10:00 am - noon
(third course of a four part series)

Topics include: Pest Management; Summer Hive Management

Explore the world of honey bees and steps to becoming a beekeeper at the “Becoming a Beekeeper - Beginners Short Courses.” 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 our food supply.

Additional upcoming short course: October 11th - Preparing for the Winter.

Classes are free. This will be hands‐on short courses where participants will be working with an active hive. Class is limited to first 50 registrants. This will be a hands-on short courses where participants will be working with an active hive. Protective bee suit with gloves and a veil are required to attend the classes.

There is no cost to attend, space is limited; pre-register at least 3 days prior to class by calling 352-337-6209 (voice mail). Please see flyer for more details. This program is offered by Aparna Gazula, Commerical Horticulture Agent.

September 2014

Food Safety & Quality Program

September 25, 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.

October 2014

Becoming a Beekeeper - Beginners Short Courses
Protective Bee Suit with Gloves and Veil - Required

October 11, 2014; 10:00 am - noon
(fourth course of a four part series)

Topics include: Preparing for the Winter

Explore the world of honey bees and steps to becoming a beekeeper at the “Becoming a Beekeeper - Beginners Short Courses.” 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 our food supply.

Classes are free. This will be hands‐on short courses where participants will be working with an active hive. Class is limited to first 50 registrants. This will be a hands-on short courses where participants will be working with an active hive. Protective bee suit with gloves and a veil are required to attend the classes.

There is no cost to attend, space is limited; pre-register at least 3 days prior to class by calling 352-337-6209 (voice mail). Please see flyer for more details. This program is offered by Aparna Gazula, Commerical Horticulture Agent.

November 2014

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.

December 2014

Food Safety & Quality Program

December 10, 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.

 

 

 

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