The UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office is pleased to announce the following Commercial Horticulture Programs for October 2017. These programs are being offered by Dr. Tatiana Sanchez, Commercial Horticulture Agent, at the UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office (2800 N.E. 39th Avenue, Gainesville) unless otherwise indicated.
Florida Agriculture Network (FAN) Meeting – October 2, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Deep Spring Farm (16419 W. CR 1491, Alachua) (with Jim DeValerio, Agricultural & CRD Agent, Bradford County)
Farmer-to-farmer network: The next FAN meeting will cover agritourism as a business opportunity for farmers who want to learn more about it. If you have or are thinking about a fruit stand, u-pick, farm tours, etc., this program is for you. Learn the pros and cons of agritourism, how a farm can become a destination for agritourism and how to collaborate with other farmers involved with this topic to offer a complete experience. Speakers include UF/IFAS Extension, the Florida Agritourism Association, Florida Organic Growers and local farmers involved with agritourism operations in Alachua County. This opportunity allows farmers to network with each other.
The cost is $15.00 (or $20.00 after September 25). Participants can register online. It is limited to 40 participants. There are no refunds for registration costs.
View/download the event flyer.
Limited Commercial Landscape Maintenance – October 11, from 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Limited Commercial Landscape Maintenance Workshop trains commercial landscape maintenance personnel to make correct pesticide applications to ornamentals and plant beds only.
Up to six (6) CEU’s will be available in the following categories: 3 Core (482 & 487), 3 Ornamental & Turf, 3 Limited Lawn & Ornamental, 3 Limited Landscape Maintenance, 3 Commercial Lawn & Ornamental.
The cost is $30.00 per person (includes lunch) or $10.00 half day (no lunch). Participants must register by October 6th, and can register online (with an additional fee). It is limited to 40 participants. There are no refunds for registration costs.
View/download the workshop flyer.
Green Industries Best Management Practices (GI-BMP) – October 18, from 8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Florida law states that all commercial fertilizer applicators must have a certificate from FDACS. To get this certificate, each commercial applicator must be trained in the GI-BMPs and receive a certificate of completion from UF/IFAS and FDEP. GI-BMP Certification is required to apply for the Fertilizer Application License.
Earn Continue Education Units (CEUs) for pesticide license holders. Up to 4 CEUs will be available in the following categories: 2 Core (482 & 487), 2 Ornamental & Turf, 2 Limited Landscape Maintenance, 2 Limited Urban Fertilizer, 2 Private Applicator – AG, 2 Limited Lawn & Ornamental, 2 Commercial Lawn & Ornamental.
The cost is $25.00 (includes lunch and materials). Participants must register by October 13th, and can register online (with an additional fee). There are no refunds for registration costs.
View/download the workshop flyer.
For more information about these programs call 352-955-2402. Visit the Extension Office Calendar for additional programs offered by the Extension Office.
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