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.

January 2015

Pasture Weed Control

January 22, 2015; 5:45 pm - 8:00 pm
New River Volunteer Fire Departmetn, Bradford County

See flyer for details and registration information.

This program is offered by Cindy Sanders, County Extension Director. 

February 2015

Farm Bill workshop

February 5, 2015; 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Some of the workshop topics include: update & how to complete Payment Yields, crop history (reallocation), choosing between PLC and ARC, Generic Base (assigning “covered commodities” to Generic Base), STAX (new safety net for cotton), Noninsured Assistance Program (NAP), etc.

This workshop will be conducted jointly by University of Florida agricultural economists and the USDA Farm Service Agency.

No cost to attend. Pre-register by calling 352-955-2402 no later than February 3rd.

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

Rain Barrel Workshop

February 7, 2015; 10:00 am - noon
Mentone Subdivision Soccer Field
(located in SW Gainesville, 5 miles West of I-75 on Archer Road)

When a gutter and downspout system on your house or garage, you can build a rain barrel to gather water for your garden.

Cost is $50.00 if you wish to purchase a rain barrel.  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.

Equipping Your Financial Toolbox (3-part series)

February 9, 16 & 23, 2015; 5:30 - 7:30 pm

This 3-part series offers advice on planning a sound financial future. The classes are held on three consecutive Mondays, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., and will cover the following:

Session 1 – Monday, February 9

Important Papers – Topics include organizing important papers; what to keep and for how long, preparing a household inventory, net worth statement and building a spending plan.

Session 2 – Monday, February 16

Managing Your Finances & Making Credit Work for You - This session is designed for those who want to review the components of credit scores, understand the credit laws and get their finances under better control. Young couples and college students are invited as well as any who wish to attend.

Session 3 – February 23

Basic Estate Planning - Topics include wills, living wills and surrogate designation for healthcare. This session is especially encouraged for parents with minor aged children.

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 offered by Brenda Williams, Family & Consumer Sciences Agent. 

2015 Cow/Calf Management Workshop

February 10, 2015; 5:45 pm
Bradford County Fairgrounds Bldg. 1, Starke, FL

See flyer for details and registration information.  Steak dinner will be provided courtesy of Merck Animal Health.  Early registration is $10.00 - due by February 6, 2015.

Topics:  Converting to a Controlled Breeding Season, Chute Side Manners and Handling, Beef "It's What's for Dinner" and Beef Cattle Herd Health. 

This program is offered by Cindy Sanders, County Extension Director. 

Raised Bed Vegetable Gardening

February 10, 2015; 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Learn what crops to grow in your spring garden and about the efficient technique of growing your vegetables in raised beds.

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. 

First Time Home Buyers Education Program (3 part series)

February 11, 18 & 25, 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 are held on three consecutive Wednesdays, from 6 to 8 p.m. and will cover the following:

Session 1 – Wednesday, February 11

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 – Wednesday, February 18

Understanding the sales contract, home inspections, mortgage process, selecting homeowners’ insurance, warranties and the closing process.

Session 3 – Wednesday, February 25

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 February 6, 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.

North Florida Fumigant Workshop

February 12, 2015; 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
Florida Farm Bureau Auditorium, 5700 SW 34 Street, Gainesville, FL

Free registration (includes lunch).  To register please call 352-955-2402 by February 9th.

See flyer for topics and more information.

3 Private Applicator or Ag Row Crop CEUs will be offered.  Certified Crop Advisors CEUs will also be available.

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

Green Industries Best Management Practices

February 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.

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. Continuing Education Units will be offered in the following categories: 2 Core and 2 Ornamental & Turf, Limited Commercial Landscape Maintenance categories.

Cost $25.00 includes materials and lunch. See brochure for more information. Space is limited for the class; 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 Barton Wilder, Ag & Natural Resources Agent.

Private Applicator Pesticide School

February 19, 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 $15.00 (includes lunch), half day registration fee $5.00 (no lunch). 

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

Vegetable Gardening & Grow Great Potatoes

February 19, 2015; 6:30 - 8:00 pm

This class covers vegetable gardening basics and growing potatoes.  Soil preparation and variety selection will be covered in the class.

You also will learn cultural techniques and how to harvest and cure your potatoes.

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.

French Cooking Class

February 21 & 28, 2015; 11:30 am - 2:30 pm

Charmes de la France & UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office are hosting French cooking classes showcasing seasonal delights from the French regional cuisine. Run by French Chef Michel Maloiseau, the cooking classes include step-by-step recipes that are followed by tasting sessions. Brenda Williams will provide nutrition comments during the program. The classes can fit up to 25 people and reservations need to be made on the Charmes de la France website.

The class fee is $45.00 per person and must be paid in advance. To reserve a place, pre-pay or find out more information on the cooking classes, visit http://www.charmesdelafrance.com/event.html. Subject to cancellation if less than 15 registered.

See brochure for more information.

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

Limited Commercial Landscape Maintenance

February 24, 2015; 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

This class includes six hours of the required training for LCLM license applicants.  Participants needing recertification 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 given 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 following categories: 3 General Standards/Core, 3 Ornamental & 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. Space is limited for the class; 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 Barton Wilder, Ag & Natural Resources Agent. 

Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ - Getting Ready for Spring

February 24, 2015; 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Tower Road Library Branch, 3020 SW 75 Street, Gainesville, FL

This class will focus on putting the right plant in the right place, watering efficiently, what fertilizers to use and when.

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.

Raised Bed Gardening & Herbs

February 25, 2015; 4:00 - 5:30 pm

Learn what crops to grow in your spring garden and about the efficient technique of growing your vegetables in raised beds.  Also covers traditional and exotic herbs.

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. 

Alachua County Growers Meeting

February 26, 2015; 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Santa Fe College Perry Center, 14180 NW 119 Terrace, Alachua

The morning session will cover weed and disease management and sod based rotation for peanuts, corn, and soybeans.  The afternoon session will cover insect, disease, and weed management for vegetable crops. 

There is no registration fee and lunch will be provided.             

6 CEUs for Private Applicator, Ag Row Crop Pest and Demonstration and Research will be provided. 

Space is limited for the classes listed above; 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 Barton Wilder, Ag & Natural Resources Agent.

Beekeeping Short Course

February 28 and April 18, 2015; 9:00 am

Session One:  Build Your Hive Workday - 2/28/2015 - 9:00 am - 3:00 pm.  Class will be held outdoors, dress appropriately.

Session Two: Introduce the bees from a nuc into the 10-frame hive - 4/18/2015 - 9:00 am

Cost is $200.00 which includes Nuc, 10-frame hive materials, and lunch for Session One.  Pre-registration is required.  Limited to 40 people.

On-line registration with additional fee is available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/beekeeping-short-course-two-sessions-22815-41815-tickets-15114723545. 

See brochure for registration form and more information.

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