UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Calendar

For persons requiring special accommodations, please contact the respective Extension Agent at (352) 955-2402 (voice) or 711 - Florida Relay Service (Hearing Impaired), or at the UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office, 2800 NE 39th Avenue, Gainesville FL 32609. Please contact the UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County 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 UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office's programs, please contact the UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office at 352/955-2402 (Voice), 711 - Florida Relay Service (Hearing Impaired), 352/334-0122 (FAX) or e-mail at Alachua@ifas.ufl.edu.

Unless otherwise noted, programs are held at the UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office.

August 2015

Green Industries Best Management Practices Workshop

August 27, 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.  Earn CEUs for pesticide license holders.  (2) CORE, (2) Ornamental & Turf, Limited Commercial Landscape.  

Registration is $25.00 (includes materials and lunch).

See brochure for registration details and more information.

This program is offered by Aparna Gazula, Commercial Horticulture Agent.

September 2015

Homestead Poultry Workshop

September 5, 2015
4-H & FFA Youth Exhibition: 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Homestead Poultry: 1:00-3:00 pm
Alachua County Fairgrounds, 3100 NE 39th Avenue, Gainesville, FL

Topics include: breed selection, diseases & parasites, nutrition for backyard laying flocks, egg production & incubation, biosecurity, harvesting guidelines and free range.

Breakfast and lunch will be available for purchase.  Proceeds will go toward the Archer Trailblazers 4-H Club. Registration is $5.00 - call 352-955-2402 to register by September 3, 2015.

See flyer for more information.

For more information contact Dr. Cindy Sanders, Director/Livestock Agent, at 352-955-2402.

First Time Home Buyers Education Program

September 14, September 21 & September 28, 2015, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

This 3-part series offers 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 will be held on three consecutive Mondays and will cover the following:

Session 1 – Monday, September 14, 2015: 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, September 21, 2015: Understanding the sales contract, home inspections, and mortgage process, selecting homeowners’ insurance, warranties and the closing process.

Session 3 – Monday, September 28, 2015: 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 8, 2015, by calling 352-337-6209 (voice mail), subject to cancellation if less than 6 people registered.

See flyer for more information.

For more information contact Dr. Brenda Williams, Family & Consumer Sciences Agent, at 352-955-2402.

Florida-Friendly Landscape™ Tour

September 19, 2015, 8:15 am - 1:00 pm
Thelma Boltin Center, 516, NE 2 Avenue, Gainesville, FL

The Alachua County Master Gardeners will be offering a tour of Florida-Friendly Landscapes in the Historic Duckpond area of Gainesville. These yards exemplify water conservation and environmentally friendly landscaping practices. The event starts at the Thelma Boltin Center, beginning with a Florida Friendly talk and exhibits. Parking is limited; carpooling/cycling/walking is encouraged.

Participants will tour the selected landscapes at their own pace (map will be provided). These landscape sites will have Alachua County Master Gardener Volunteers as guides.

The tour is free. Pre-registration is recommended by calling 352-337-6209 (voicemail).

See flyer for more information.

For more information about this program call 352-955-2402.

4-H Round-Up Open House

September 19, 2015, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Tractor Supply Company, 5440 NW 13 Street, Gainesville, FL

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 club leaders and members will be present to talk about different project areas and opportunities. Families are encouraged to attend to learn about Alachua County 4-H.

This 4-H event is free and open to youth ages 5 to 18.

See flyer for more information.

For more information contact Matt Benge, Alachua County 4-H Agent, at 352-955-2402.

Private Applicator Pesticide School

September 24, 2015, 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 $20.00 (includes lunch), half day registration fee $10.00 (no lunch).

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

For more information contact Barton Wilder, Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent, at 352-955-2402.

October 2015

Food Safety and Quality Program  (ServSafe®)

October 7, 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 registration information and more details, see brochure.

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 Williams, Family & Consumer Sciences Agent.

Green Industries Best Management Practices Workshop

October 29, 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. Earn CEUs for pesticide license holders. (2) CORE, (2) Ornamental & Turf, Limited Commercial Landscape.

Registration is $25.00 (includes materials and lunch).

See brochure for registration details and more information.

This program is offered by Aparna Gazula, Commercial Horticulture Agent.

December 2015

Food Safety and Quality Program (ServSafe®)

December 8, 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 registration information and more details, see brochure.

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 Williams, Family & Consumer Sciences Agent.

Green Industries Best Management Practices Workshop

December 10, 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. Earn CEUs for pesticide license holders. (2) CORE, (2) Ornamental & Turf, Limited Commercial Landscape.

Registration is $25.00 (includes materials and lunch).

See brochure for registration details and more information.

This program is offered by Aparna Gazula, Commercial Horticulture Agent.