COUNTY, FL - The UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office is pleased to announce
the following Commercial Horticulture Programs for October, 2014. These programs
are being offered by Aparna Gazula, Commercial Horticulture Agent at the UF/IFAS
Extension Alachua County Office (2800 NE 39 Avenue, Gainesville) unless
a Beekeeper – Beginner Short Course –
October 11, from 10 a.m. to noon (final course of four part series
Wilder, Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent)
workshop will feature information on preparing beehives for the winter season.
will be hands‐on
short courses where participants will be working with an active hive. Protective clothing is required to attend the classes.
Class is limited to first 50 registrants.
Nursery Irrigation Workshop –
October 23, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
workshop will present information on how much water should be applied to
container plants, impact of irrigation pH, EC and biological components on plant
growth, and cost share funding available through different agencies. CEU’s will
will be held at the Marion County Extension Office (2232 NE Jacksonville Road,
by calling 352-671-8400.
Industries Best Management Practices –
October 29, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (with Barton Wilder, Agriculture &
Natural Resources Agent)
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.
“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.
“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
Management Practices are focused on reducing non-point source pollution
resulting from fertilization or pesticide application. In some areas, one needs
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
CEUs for pesticide license holders. For CEUs, get form signed before you
CORE, (2) Ornamental & Turf, Limited Commercial Landscape Maintenance
$25.00 includes materials and lunch.
& Cost-Share Funding Available for Growers –
October 30, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. (with
Cindy Sanders, Director/Livestock Agent)
program offers information about different grants and cost-share funding
available through federal and state agencies.
is no cost to attend these classes (unless otherwise indicated), space is
limited; pre-register at least 3 days prior to class by calling 352-337-6209
(voice mail) unless otherwise indicated.
more information about these programs call 352-955-2402. Visit the
Extension Office calendar for additional
programs offered by the Extension Office.
Equal Opportunity Institution. Extension Service, University of Florida,
Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, Nick T. Place, Dean. Single copies
of Extension publications (excluding 4-H and youth publications) are available
free to Florida residents from county Extension offices. Information about
alternate formats is available from IFAS Communications, University of Florida,
PO Box 110810, Gainesville, FL 32611-0810.