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Food Safety Workshop - "Building Your Own Farm's Food Safety Manual"

April 21, 2014; 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Straughn IFAS Extension Professional Development Center
2142 Shealy Drive, Gainesville 

If you plan to develop a Food Safety Program for your fruit and/or vegetable farming operations, field or greenhouse, this one-day workshop is for you!  Most intermediate or large chain store buyers now require some level of food safety program from each farm before they buy.  Even smaller operations selling directly to consumers may be advised to develop a manual for their farm.  This issue has become an important component of doing everyday business on today’s farms and will be even more important in the future.  University of Florida/IFAS Extension is offering a one-day workshop to help growers actually develop their own food safety manuals. 

The registration fee is $30.00 for the first person representing a farm (Primary Participant), and $15.00 for an additional attendee (Secondary Participant). The registration fee includes refreshments and lunch for the day.   

Pre-register at least 3 days prior to class by calling 352-337-6209 (voicemail).

For further information and registration, please click on the calendar.  This program is offered by Aparna Gazula, Commercial Horticulture Agent.

 

Blueberries

 

April 23, 2014; 6:00-7:00 pm
Alachua County Extension Office, 2800 NE 39th Ave, Gainesville
For further information and registration, please click on the calendar.  This program is offered by Wendy Wilber, Environmental Horticulture Agent.

Blueberries

 

April 24, 2014; 3:00-4:00 pm
Alachua County Extension Office, 2800 NE 39th Ave, Gainesville
For further information and registration, please click on the calendar.  This program is offered by Wendy Wilber, Environmental Horticulture Agent.

Microgreens - A New Specialty Crop (with Bob Hochmuth)

April 24, 2014; 6:00-8:00 pm
UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County  Office
2800 NE 39th Avenue, Gainesville, FL  32609   

Frequently called "vegetable confetti," microgreens are young, tender greens that are used to enhance the color, texture, or flavor of salads, or to garnish a wide variety of main dishes. Harvested at the first true leaf stage and sold with the stem, cotyledons (seed leaves), and first true leaves attached, they are among a variety of novel salad greens available on the market that are typically distinguished categorically by their size and age. Participants will learn about producing microgreens for home use, commercial and local markets.

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 being offered by Aparna Gazula, Commercial Horticulture Agent.   

For more information about these programs call 352-955-2402. Visit http://alachua.ifas.ufl.edu/calendar.shtml for additional programs offered by the Extension Office.

Green Industries Best Management Practices

April 29, 2014; 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County  Office
2800 NE 39th Avenue, Gainesville, FL  32609

 

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.

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

Cost $25.00 includes materials and lunch,

 space is limited; pre-register at least 3 days prior to class by calling 352-337-6209 (voice mail).

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

For more information about these programs call 352-955-2402. Visit http://alachua.ifas.ufl.edu/calendar.shtml for additional programs offered by the Extension Office.

Before You Tie The Knot

May 5 & 12, 2014; 5:30-7:30 pm
Register by April 28th
Alachua County Extension Office
This is a premarital class that provides a certificate worth $32.50 reduction of the fee for a marriage license obtained in Alachua County.  The program consists of two workshops, each lasting 2 hours.  Participants must attend both sessions to receive a certificate of completion.
For more details and to register, please see brochure.  This program is offered by Dr. Brenda Williams, Family & Consumer Sciences Agent.  Dr. Williams may be contacted at 352-955-2402 or bwilliams@alachuacounty.us.

Small Fruits

 

May 7, 2014; 6:00-7:00 pm
Alachua County Extension Office, 2800 NE 39th Ave, Gainesville
For further information and registration, please click on the calendar.  This program is offered by Wendy Wilber, Environmental Horticulture Agent.

Groundcovers & Turf Alternatives

 

May 8, 2014; 3:00-4:00 pm
Alachua County Extension Office, 2800 NE 39th Ave, Gainesville
For further information and registration, please click on the calendar.  This program is offered by Wendy Wilber, Environmental Horticulture Agent.

Perennials & Florida-Friendly Landscaping

 

May 14, 2014; 6:00-7:00 pm
Alachua County Extension Office, 2800 NE 39th Ave, Gainesville
For further information and registration, please click on the calendar.  This program is offered by Wendy Wilber, Environmental Horticulture Agent.

Master Gardener Annual Plant Sale

 

May 17, 2014; 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Alachua County Extension Office, 2800 NE 39th Ave, Gainesville
For further information and registration, please click on the calendar.  This program is offered by Wendy Wilber, Environmental Horticulture Agent.

2014 Annual Master Gardener Plant Sale & Ag Fest

May 17, 2014; 8:00 am - noon
UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office
2800 NE 39th Avenue, Gainesville 

The Master Gardener Plant sale will have a variety of herbs, annuals, perennials, natives, trees and more will be available at exceptional prices. Master Gardener volunteers will be on site for advice on selection and care of your plants. This annual plant sale is a fundraiser for the Alachua County Master Gardener Volunteer Program.   

The Ag Fest will be providing information on the following: beekeeping, raising goats & rabbits, growing mushrooms, raised bed gardening and much more.  Also presentations are scheduled on the following topics: Herbs in the Garden, Backyard Chickens and Heirloom Vegetables.  Come and learn more about locally grown food, producing and growing food.   

Admission and parking are free. For more information about this program see flyer. This program is offered by Wendy Wilber, Environmental Horticulture Agent.  Visit http://alachua.ifas.ufl.edu/calendar.shtml for additional programs offered by the Extension Office.

Converting to Florida-Friendly Landscaping

 

May 21, 2014; 6:00-7:00 pm
Alachua County Extension Office, 2800 NE 39th Ave, Gainesville
For further information and registration, please click on the calendar.  This program is offered by Wendy Wilber, Environmental Horticulture 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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