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.

September 2014

Worker Protection Standard: Train the Trainer Workshop

September 4, 2014; 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 $5.00 (includes light refreshments). Please register by calling 352-955-2402 no later than September 2.  This program is offered by Barton Wilder, Ag & Natural Resources Agent.

Integrated Pest Management Update

September 5, 2014; 9:00 am - 1:30 pm

This statewide video conference is designed to provide training in Pest Management Updates for anyone working in the lawn, landscape, pest control, or municipal grounds areas.

See flyer.

FNGLA and FDACS Pesticide Continuing Education Units will be awarded.

Cost to attend this class is $20.00 (resource materials and lunch is included). Pre-register by September 2 by calling 352-337-6209 (voice mail). This program is offered by Aparna Gazula, Commercial Horticulture Agent.

Florida-Friendly™ Landscape Tour

September 20, 2014; 8:15 am - 1:00 pm
Beginning at the Thelma Boltin Center, 516 NE 2nd Ave, Gainesville
Parking is limited; carpooling/cycling/walking is encouraged

The Alachua County Master Gardeners will be offering a tour of Florida-Friendly™ Landscapes in the Historic Duckpond area. These yards exemplify water conservation and environmentally friendly landscaping practices. The event starts at the Thelma Boltin Center with a presentation on Florida-Friendly™ Pollinator Plants.
 
Participants will leave for tours of local landscapes (map will be provided). These landscape sites will have Alachua County Master Gardener volunteers as guides. See flyer for more information.

The tour is free. Pre-register at least 3 days prior to the tour by calling 352-337-6209 (voice mail).

Alachua County 4-H Round-Up Open House (free)

September 20, 2014; 10:00 am - noon
UF Horse Teaching Unit (1934 SW 63rd Avenue, Gainesville)

The Open House will give citizens who would like to volunteer, or learn about 4-H programs the opportunity to get information, including: activities, camps, projects, youth fair & livestock show, and more.

4-H is open to youth ages 5 to 18 and is free. Click to visit the 4-H website. For more information, contact Alachua County 4-H Agent, Matt Benge at 352-955-2402, or see flyer.

Limited Lawn & Ornamental License Training

September 23, 2014; 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

This training is for government or private employees applying pesticides to lawn and landscapes.  This is for non-commercial certification; this certificate does not allow someone to run a pest control and/or landscaping business.

Up to 6 CEU’s will be awarded.  Exams will be administered at the end of the training.

Cost to attend this training is $25.00 (materials & lunch is included). Please pre-register at 352-337-6209 (voice mail) at least 3 days prior to class. This program is offered by Aparna Gazula, Commercial Horticulture Agent.

Vegetable Gardening in Raised Beds

September 23, 2014; 4:30 - 5:30 pm

Growing your own vegetables is rewarding and fun.  Learn what crops to grow in your fall garden and about the efficient technique of growing your vegetables in raised beds.

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 (voice mail). This program is presented by Wendy Wilber, Environmental Horticulture Agent.

Private Applicator Pesticide School

September 24, 2014; 8:30 am - 6:00 pm

This workshop is designed to provide training for the private applicator agricultural pest control license.  The private applicator license is required for anyone that applies restricted use pesticides to their own farm, greenhouse or nursery.  Topics include: private applicator and regulations, equipment calibration and pesticide arithmetic, pesticide safety and principles of pest control. 

3 Core & 3 Private Applicator CEUs will be offered for applicators that already have their licenses.

Full day registration fee $15.00 (includes lunch), half day registration fee $5.00 (no lunch). 
Please register by calling 352-955-2402 no later than September 19.  See flyer for more information.

This program is offered by Barton Wilder, Ag & Natural Resources Agent.

Food Safety & Quality Program

September 25, 2014; 8:30 am - 5:00 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/foodsafety/, or call toll-free at 1-888-232-8723.

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.

Edible Landscaping

September 27, 2014; 1:30 - 3:30 pm
Living Faith Fellowship Church, 5510 NW 39 Avenue, Gainesville

Learn how to incorporate vegetables and fruit frees for a more sustainable landscape.

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 (voice mail). This program is presented by Wendy Wilber, Environmental Horticulture 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.

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.

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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