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 and to register, 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.

February 2017

Financial Fitness (4-part series)

February 1, 8, 15 & 22, 2017; 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Catholic Charities, 1701 NE 9 Street, Gainesville, FL 32609

This 4-part series covers how to make a spending plan, how to make credit work for you and how to get out of debt or build an emergency fund.

No registration cost, dinner included. Pre-registration is recommended by contacting Bishop James Dixon, 352-372-0294 ext. 111 or jdixon@ccgnv.org.

See flyer for more information.

This program is being offered by Dr. Brenda Williams, Family & Consumer Sciences Agent.

Food Safety & Quality Program (ServSafe®)

February 15, 2017; 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

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 call toll-free at 1-888-232-8723 or visit http://tinyurl.com/gp3xyrf.

See brochure for more information.

This program is being offered by Dr. Brenda Williams, Family & Consumer Sciences Agent.

FFL Series: Choose the Right Mulch- CLASS IS CANCELED

February 16, 2017; 6:00-8:00 p.m.

The class provides information on the types and characteristics of various mulches. It includes activities on calculating the proper amount of mulch. Participants will receive handbooks and materials.

Registration is $5.00 for class. You can pre-register through Eventbrite with additional fee at http://tinyurl.com/z66yd83. No refunds. Limited to 30 participants.

See flyer for more information.

This program is being offered by Dr. Denise DeBusk, Environmental & Community Horticulture Agent.

Vegetable Gardening for Beginners

February 16, 2017; 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Tower Road Branch Library, 3020 SW 75 Street, Gainesville, FL 32608

Learn to start a vegetable garden using the square foot gardening technique. Bed construction, soil preparation, vegetables that can be grown, and pest control will be covered. Master Gardener Colin Burrows will be presenting.

You can pre-register through Eventbrite (no cost) at http://tinyurl.com/gugcyxs. Class limited to 50 participants.

Introductory Beekeeping (6-part series) CLASS IS FULL (2/18/17 Class)

February 18, 2017; 8:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
UF Bee Unit, 2895 SW 23 Terrace, Gainesville, FL 32608

Classes are designed for beginner and intermediate beekeepers. The classes are scheduled to help you manage the needs of the hive throughout the year. Live bees will be used; please dress in protective clothing.

Registration costs (no refunds) and program locations vary, please see flyer for more details. Registration is available through Eventbrite with an additional fee at http://tinyurl.com/havwm52.

This program is being offered by Dr. Tatiana Sanchez, Commercial Horticulture Agent.

FFL Series: Recycle Yard Waste & Compost

February 23, 2017; 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Learn how to recycle your yard waste and compost your food scraps to decrease your amount of garbage and replenish your soil. Compost bins and food scrap containers will be available.

Registration is $5.00 for class. You can pre-register through Eventbrite with additional fee at http://tinyurl.com/z66yd83. No refunds. Limited to 30 participants.

See flyer for more information.

This program is being offered by Dr. Denise DeBusk, Environmental & Community Horticulture Agent.

Gardening Tips and Tricks

February 23, 2017; 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Senior Recreation Center, 5701 NW 34 Blvd., Gainesville, FL 32653

This class focuses on making gardening easier for your abilities. It will describe and demonstrate tools, methods, and tips that can help reduce aches and pains while enjoying the outdoors. Master Gardener Laurie Sheldon will be presenting.

You can pre-register through Eventbrite (no cost) at http://tinyurl.com/h6pl2hf.

Introduction to Camellias

February 25, 2017; 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Kanapaha Botanical Gardens, 4700 SW 58 Drive, Gainesville, FL 32608

The class will cover the history of camellias, planting and care, insects and pests, and diseases of camellias. After a brief presentation in the classroom, explore the Camellia/Azalea garden on a guided tour. The class will be led by Master Gardener and member of the Gainesville Camellia Society, Irma Velez.

The class is free, but you must pay the entrance fee into Kanapaha Botanical Gardens ($8) at the door and you can explore the rest of the garden after the class. No cost for members.

You can pre-register through Eventbrite (no cost) at http://tinyurl.com/zldusva.

Growing Peaches, Plums and Apples

February 28, 2017; 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Learn how to grow apple, plum, nectarine, and peach trees in Alachua County. Planting, pruning, fertilization, watering, and pest control will be covered. Participants will develop a management plan for growing the fruit.

Registration is $5.00 for class. You can pre-register through Eventbrite with additional fee at http://tinyurl.com/haub694. No refunds. Limited to 50 participants.

This program is being offered by Dr. Denise DeBusk, Environmental & Community Horticulture Agent.

March 2017

Alachua County Youth Fair & Livestock Show

March 3-7, 2017
Alachua County Fairgrounds

The Alachua County Youth Fair & Livestock Show Association is a non-profit organization that conducts and operates public fairs and expositions pertaining to agricultural matters and more particularly to the exhibitions of livestock, poultry, crafts, youth projects and farm products. The fair is an educational platform for the youth in Alachua County who are interested in agriculture. Youth will exhibit both livestock and non-livestock 4-H & FFA projects.

This event is free.  For more information regarding all of the events, please go to our home page and click on Youth Fair & Livestock Show.

Managing Pests on Your Favorite Plants

March 4, 2017; 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Gainesville Home & Garden Show, Stephen O'Connell Ctr.
March 5, 2017; 3:00-4:00 p.m., Gainesville Home & Garden Show, Stephen O'Connell Ctr.

Some of your favorite plants, such as podocarpus, gardenia, camellia, and pyracantha, have a variety of insects and diseases that can affect them. Learn about these pests and how to manage them without using harsh pesticides. No cost.

This program is being offered by Dr. Denise DeBusk, Environmental & Community Horticulture Agent.

Vegetable Gardening 101

March 11, 2017; 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

This workshop is for the beginner gardener that wants to create a productive vegetable garden. Topics include setting up your garden space, fertilization, micro-irrigation, and pest and disease control. Lunch & snacks will be provided.

Registration is $35.00 for class or $50 per couple. Register through Eventbrite with additional fee at http://tinyurl.com/hxqc8k4. No refunds. Limited to 25 participants.

This program is being offered by Dr.  Denise DeBusk, Environmental & Community Horticulture Agent.

Food Safety & Quality Program (ServSafe®)

March 13, 2017; 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

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 call toll-free at 1-888-232-8723 or visit http://tinyurl.com/nmdc3sc.

This program is being offered by Dr. Brenda Williams, Family & Consumer Sciences Agent.

First Home Buyers Education Program

March 13, 20 & 27, 2017; 6:00-8:00 p.m.

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 are on three consecutive Mondays from 6 to 8 p.m. See flyer for more information.

The cost for the entire series is $10.00 per individual or couple. Please pre-register by March 7, by calling 352-337-6209 (voice mail), subject to cancellation if less than 6 people registered.

This program is being offered by Dr. Brenda Williams, Family & Consumer Sciences Agent.

Private Applicator/Row Crop Review & Examinations

March 16, 2017; 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Topics include: pesticide safety & principles of pest control, understanding the label, review on pesticide arithmetic. Applicator CEUs will be offered for applicators that already have their licenses. Please note if you plan on taking an exam at this workshop, you will need to call the UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office at 352-955-2402, in advance so the instructor knows which type of exam you need to complete and have it available for you. See flyer for more information.

Registration cost is $18.00, late registration after March 13 or at the door is $20.00. You can pre-register through Eventbrite at http://tinyurl.com/jot3omu. No refunds. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m.

This program is being offered by Dr. Tatiana Sanchez, Commercial Horticulture Agent.

Irrigating Your Edible Garden

March 14, 2017; 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Increase your vegetables chance of success by applying the appropriate amount of water on them. This workshop will teach you about the different water needs of vegetables and fruit and how to calculate their water output. Participants will also learn about micro-irrigation and take home a plan for watering their garden. Water Regional Specialized Agent, Charles Barrett, will lead the class.

Registration is $5.00 for class. Register through Eventbrite with additional fee at http://tinyurl.com/hutgo4v. No refunds. Limited to 30 participants.

Propagating Camellias by Air Layering & Pruning Camellias

March 15, 2017; 9:30-11:00 a.m.
Kanapaha Botanical Gardens, 4700 SW 58 Drive, Gainesville 32608

The class will cover the why and how to propagate camellias by air layering, and how to prune camellias to shape them and reduce pests and disease. The class will include a demonstration of air layering and pruning in the Camellia/Azalea Garden. The class will be led by Master Gardener and member of the Gainesville Camellia Society, Irma Velez.

You can pre-register through Eventbrite (no cost) at http://tinyurl.com/gwwgeho. The class is free, but you must pay the entrance fee into Kanapaha Botanical Gardens ($8) at the door and you can explore the rest of the garden after the class. No cost for members.

Self-Watering Container Gardening

March 23, 2017; 6:00-7:30 p.m.

This workshop teaches you how to build self-watering tomato containers with supplies that can easily be found locally. Additional information on how to use the containers and what grows in them will be presented. A self-watering container is provided as well as a tomato transplant with everything you need to grow healthy, tasty tomatoes.

Registration is $20.00 for class and container; $5.00 for class only. Register through Eventbrite with additional fee at http://tinyurl.com/hs7ds8z. No refunds. Limited to 25 participants.

This program is being offered by Dr. Denise DeBusk, Environmental & Community Horticulture Agent.

Growing for Profit - Spring Series

March 25 & April 1, 2017; 8:50 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

If you are a small farmer or are considering starting a new farm business this class is for you. Invited speakers from UF/IFAS Extension, SBDC, Florida Department of Agriculture, Water District, Farm Credit and more will help you set the basis for a successful business. See flyer for more information.

Registration cost is $15 per class. Register through Eventbrite with additional fee at http://tinyurl.com/h4jgegy. No refunds.

This program is being offered by Dr. Tatiana Sanchez, Commercial Horticulture Agent.

FFL Series: Water Efficiently

March 30, 2017; 4:00-7:00 p.m.

This workshop will provide information on how to water your yard efficiently and use your irrigation system properly. It will include hands-on training on calibrating your irrigation system and micro-irrigation. Participants should bring their water bills and will receive handbooks, materials, and snacks.

Registration is $15.00 for class or $20 per couple. Register through Eventbrite with additional fee at http://tinyurl.com/z66yd83. No refunds. Limited to 30 participants.

This program is being offered by Dr. Denise DeBusk, Environmental & Community Horticulture Agent.