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Green Industries Best Management Practices

 

August 5, 2014; 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Alachua County Extension Office
2800 NE 39th Avenue, Gainesville, FL

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, services or other valuable consideration.

An “Institutional Fertilizer Applicator” means any person, other than a non-commercial or commercial applicator (unless such definitions also apply under the circumstances), 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 condominium and/or common ownership.

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.

·         (2) CORE, (2) Ornamental & Turf, Limited Commercial Landscape Maintenance categories.

Cost $25.00 includes materials and lunch.  This program is offered by Barton Wilder, Ag & Natural Resources Agent.  Contact Barton at 352-955-2402 or bwilder@alachuacounty.us.

Becoming a Beekeeper - Beginners Short Course

August 16, 2014; 10:00 am - noon
Alachua County Extension Office, 2800 NE 39 Ave, Gainesville 

Topics include: Honey Extraction, Hive Inspections, and Bee Forages & Plants

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.

Additional upcoming short course:  October 11th - Preparing for the Winter.

Classes are free. This will be handson short courses where participants will be working with an active hive. Class is limited to first 50 registrants. Protective Bee Suit and Gloves and Veil Required. 

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). See flyer for more details.  This program is offered by Aparna Gazula, Commercial Horticulture Agent.

Food Safety & Quality Program

September 10, 2014; 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Alachua County Extension Office, 2800 NE 39th Ave, Gainesville, FL

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.

Becoming a Beekeeper - Beginners Short Courses

October 11, 2014; 10:00 am - noon
Alachua County Extension Office, 2800 NE 39 Ave, Gainesville 

Topics include: Honey Extraction, Hive Inspections, and Bee Forages & Plants

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 handson short courses where participants will be working with an active hive. Class is limited to first 50 registrants. Protective Bee Suit and Gloves and Veil Required. 

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). See flyer for more details.  This program is offered by Aparna Gazula, Commercial Horticulture Agent.

Food Safety & Quality Program

November 19, 2014; 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Alachua County Extension Office, 2800 NE 39th Ave, Gainesville, FL

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.

Food Safety & Quality Program

December 10, 2014; 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Alachua County Extension Office, 2800 NE 39th Ave, Gainesville, FL

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.

 

If any accommodations are needed for persons with disabilities, please contact the Equal Opportunity Office at (352) 374-5275 or (352) 374-5284 TDD.




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