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.

October 2014

Converting to Florida-Friendly Landscape™

October 1, 2014; 4:30 - 5:30 pm

Water is our most precious natural resource.  Learn to make changes in your landscape that will save water and protect our ground water.  Plant selection, micro-irrigation and rain barrels will be covered.

There is no cost to attend this class. Space is limited. Pre-register at least 3 days prior to class by calling 352-337-6209 (voicemail). This program is offered by Wendy Wilber, Environmental Horticulture Agent.

First Time Home Buyers Education Program

This 3-part series offers some resources that can help with buying, maintaining and keeping a home. Upon completion of this program, participants will receive a certificate of attendance. The classes are on three consecutive Mondays from 6 to 8 p.m. and will cover the following:

Session 1 – Monday, October 6
Information on getting your budget and credit worthiness in line, determining how much house can be afforded and understanding the responsibilities and costs of being a responsible homeowner.
Session 2 – Monday, October 13
Understanding the sales contract, home inspections, and mortgage process, selecting homeowners’ insurance, warranties and the closing process.
Session 3 – Monday, October 20
Question and answer time and an opportunity to get valuable tips from those involved in the process of buying a home.

The cost for the entire series is $10.00 per individual or couple. Please pre-register by September 29th, by calling 352-337-6209 (voice mail), subject to cancellation if less than 6 people registered. This program is offered by Brenda Williams, Family & Consumer Sciences Agent.

Butterfly Gardening and Florida-Friendly Landscaping™

October 8, 2014; 4:30-5:30 p.m.

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

There is no cost to attend this class. Space is limited. Pre-register at least 3 days prior to class by calling 352-337-6209 (voicemail). This program is offered by Wendy Wilber, Environmental Horticulture Agent.

Florida's Certified Pile Burner Program - THIS CLASS FULL

October 9, 2014; 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Waccasassa Forestry Center, 5353 NE 39th Avenue, Gainesville

The Florida Forest Service and University of Florida Cooperative Extension Service will be conducting a Certified Pile Burners Course.  This course will show you how to burn piles legally, safely and efficiently.  Most importantly, it could save a life.  If you burn piles regularly, don’t put off registering for this training.  When the weather is dry, certified pile burners will receive priority for authorization to burn.  Also certified pile burners are allowed to burn up to two hours longer per day and get multiple day authorizations.

Click for course packet.

The registration fee is $50.00 (includes lunch).  Registration is required to attend and class size is limited.  For more information and to register, please call (352)955-2402. 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

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.

Please see flyer for more details.

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

Growing Fruit in Alachua County

October 15, 2014; 4:30 - 5:30 pm

Learn to grow persimmons, peaches, pomegranates, figs, grapes and many more interesting fruits in North Central Florida. This class will cover techniques for success.

There is no cost to attend this class. Space is limited. Pre-register at least 3 days prior to class by calling 352-337-6209 (voicemail). This program is offered by Wendy Wilber, Environmental Horticulture Agent.

Florida Master Naturalist Program Freshwater Wetlands Module

October 22 - November 19, 2014; 5:30-8:30 pm

The Freshwater Wetlands Module provides instruction on the general ecology, habitats, vegetation types, wildlife, and conservation issues of freshwater wetlands in Florida: marshes, swamps, and permanent wetlands (lakes, rivers, springs, and streams). The program also addresses society’s role in wetlands, develops naturalist interpretation skills, and discusses environmental ethics. 

The Module is 40 hours and includes classroom presentations, discussions, videos, field trips, and practical experience in interpretation.  Students receive detailed course manuals and, upon completion, certificate of achievement, patch and pin, and registration in our online student database.

Students who complete all three Modules are designated Florida Master Naturalists and receive a
plaque and special recognition in an online database.

This program consists of 11 classes that will begin on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 and continue through November 19, 2014.  You must attend at least 10 classes in order to receive the certificate of completion.  All classes (except for the field trips) will be held at the at the UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office, 2800 NE 39 Avenue, Gainesville, under the instruction of Barton Wilder, Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent. 

Cool Season Vegetable Gardening

October 22, 2014; 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Fall and winter are a great time to garden in Alachua County. This class will go over which plants to grow and how to grow them. Learn how to grow cabbage, kale, broccoli and different greens.

There is no cost to attend this class. Space is limited. Pre-register at least 3 days prior to class by calling 352-337-6209 (voicemail). This program is offered by Wendy Wilber, Environmental Horticulture Agent.

Forest Stewardship/North Central FL CISMA Workshop:
Invasive Exotic Species & Management

October 23, 2014; 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
UF Austin Cary Forest Learning Center, 10625 NE Waldo Road, Gainesville

Many exotic plants are invasive weeds that form expanding population on our landscape, making land management a challenge. Some exotic animals have also become a program for land managers. This program will describe some of the more common and troublesome invasive exotic plants and animals in North-Central Florida.

3 Core CEUs will be available and also 3 CEUs in the following categories will be offered: Forest, Natural Areas, Private Applicator, and Right of Way.

Full day registration fee is $15.00 (includes lunch).  Please register at http://fsp-workshop102314.eventbrite.com. For further information contact Barton Wilder, Ag & Natural Resources Agent, at 352-955-2402 or by email at bwilder@ufl.edu.

Container Nursery Irrigation Workshop

October 23, 2014; 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
UF/IFAS Extension Marion County Office
2232 NE Jacksonville Road, Ocala, FL 34470

This workshop will present information on how much water should be applied to container plants, impact of irrigation pH, EC and biological components on plant growth, and cost share funding available through different agencies. CEU’s will be awarded.

Pre-register by calling 352-671-8400. For more information, contact Aparna Gazula, Commercial Horticulture Agent.

Green Industries Best Management Practices

October 29, 2014; 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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.

See brochure for more information.

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

Grants & Cost-Share Funding Available for Growers

October 30, 2014; 6:00 -8 :00 pm.

This program offers you information about different grants and cost-share funding available through federal and state agencies.

There is no cost to attend these classes (unless otherwise indicated), 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 and Cindy Sanders, Director/Livestock Agent.

November 2014

Limited Commercial Landscape Maintenance

November 5, 2014; 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

This class includes six hours of the required training for LCLM licenses applicants.  Participants needing recertification can attend the first four hours of class, but are encourated to take the Advanced Landscape Training Workshop instead.  The LCLM license exam will be given the same day as the class.  Participants must have all license application paperwork completed to sit for the exam.

Continuing Education Units will be offered in the following categories:  3 General Standards/Core, 3 Ornamental & Turf, 3 Praivate 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.  This program is offered by Aparna Gazula, Commercial Horticulture Agent.

Microgreens - A New Specialty Crop

November 6, 2014; 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Frequently called "vegetable confetti," microgreens are young, tender greens that are used to enhance the color, texture, or flavor of salads, or to granish a wide variety of main dishes. Harvested at the first true leaf stage and sold with the stem, cotyledons (seed leaves), are first true leaves attached, they are among a variety of novel salad greens available on the market that are typically distinguished categorically by their size and age. Participants will learn about producing microgreens for home use, commercial and local markets.

See flyer for more details.

This class is free of charge. Pre-register by calling 352-337-6209 at least 3 days prior to workshop. This program is offered by Aparna Gazula, Commercial Horticulture Agent, and Robert Hochmuth, Multi-County Extension Agent - Vegetables Small Farms Statewide Coordinator.

Trees & Shrubs Florida-Friendly Landscaping™

November 12, 2014; 4:30 - 5:30 pm

Trees and shrubs provide structure to your Florida-Friendly landscape.  Learn how to plant, prune and maintain trees and shrubs for a beautiful yard.  This program is offered by Wendy Wilber, Environmental Horticulture Agent.  This class is free of charge.  Pre-register at least 3 days prior to class by calling 352-337-6209 (voice mail).

Growing Shiitake and Oyster Mushrooms

November 15, 2014; 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

This workshop will teach how to grow mushrooms.  Shiitake mushrooms are grown on hardwood logs and oyster mushrooms can be grown on straw.

This program is offered by Wendy Wilber, Environmental Horticulture Agent and Aparna Gazula, Commercial Horticulture Agent.  This class is free of charge.  Pre-register at least 3 days prior to class by calling 352-337-6209 (voice mail).

Drip Irrigation School

November 18, 2014; 8:30 am - 5:00 pm and November 19, 2014; 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Suwannee Valley Agricultural Extension Center, Live Oak, Florida

Topics covered include: drip irrigation system design, components, and installation. Scheduling irrigation events, fertigation & chemigation, movement of water in mulched beds, system maintenance, troubleshooting.

Cost is $80.00 early bird, $55.00 extra person (November 18) and $105.00 regular, $70.00 extra person (November 19). Registration includes materials, snacks & lunches. Early bird if registration is postmarked by November 7. Registration link: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/drip-irrigation-school-registration-12579941945?aff=eorg.

This program is offered by Aparna Gazula, Commercial Horticulture Agent.  The program will be presented by Robert Hochmuth, Multi-County Extension Agent - Vegetables Small Farms Statewide Coordinator, and Mace Bauer, CED & Agricultural Agent, Columbia County Extension. 

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.

Florida Fall Cattlemen's Conference & Allied Trade Show

November 20, 2014; 8:00 am
Southeastern Livestock Pavilion, 2232 NE Jacksonville Road, Ocala, FL 34470
352-671-8400

Foundations of Profitability: Florida Cattle Industry Update, Beef Economics, Does Your Hay Make the Grade?, Pregnancy Diagnosis & Management, Chute Side Manners, and Feed Tag Math.

Register at: Eventbrite.com. Search Florida Fall Cattlemen. $25.00 registration fee. Register by 11/7/2014. Contact Mark Shuffit for more information at jmsh@ufl.edu. See flyer for more information.