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.

Aril 2015

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.

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.

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.

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 UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office.

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 and Barton Wilder, Ag & Natural Resources 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.

Food Safety & Quality Program (ServSafe®)

May 20, 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 C. Williams, Family & Consumer Sciences Agent.

Private Applicator Pesticide School

May 21, 2015; 9:00 am - 5:00 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 $10.00 (includes lunch), half day registration fee $5.00 (no lunch). 

Pre-register by calling 352-337-6209 (voice mail) at least three working days prior to program. 

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