Lake County Extension

Welcome to Lake County Extension

Office Hours 8 am- 5 pm M - F
Garden Hours 9 am - 4 pm M - F 
Third Saturday of Month 9 am - 4 pm

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Saturday in the Gardens

August 19: Big Bug Day.
Butterfly Gardening at 10:00 a.m. Creature Cuisine at 11:00 a.m.

To kick off the day, Master Gardeners Mille Estess and Ashelee Roberts will present an hour long class on Butterfly Gardening discussing butterfly plants and the butterfly’s lifecycle to the audience.  Participants may register for the class by purchasing the Master Gardener Butterfly Bundle which features three butterfly plants, seeds, a full-color butterfly identification book and the presentation for $30.00.  Participants may also attend the class for $5.00 without the bundle.  Register

Next is Creature Cuisine as part of the “Roots Up Speaker Series”.  Grandparents and parents, bring the kids as this class is geared towards adults, 8 – 10 year olds or anyone curious about eating bugs.  We will cover basic insect anatomy, the importance of insects as a food crop and how Americans are including insects in their diet.  Samples will be available such as: chocolate cricket bark and meal worm cheese straws.  Come brave and hungry.  The cost is $8.00 per participant for the class and samples.  Register.

**Those with shellfish allergies should not eat foods prepared for creature cuisine as samples will contain insects that can trigger a shellfish allergy.  Be aware that food items prepared or distributed as part of UF/IFAS Extension events may contain milk, egg, gluten, wheat, soybean, peanuts, tree nuts, fish and shellfish; and could be prepared in a facility that may be exposed to any of these ingredients.

Local Cuisine
From the Roots Up

Ever wonder where your food comes from? Join us as we explore the journey that your food takes on it’s way from the farm to your fork. Each session will provide an overview of agricultural production, selection tips, and cooking techniques. Classes will conclude with an opportunity to sample some tasty recipes. Time of day varies, all are at the UF/IFAS Lake County Extension Center. Flyer with all program details.

August 19. 11am Creature Cuisine

September 9. 10am Fall into Veggies
October 17. 6pm Sweet as Can Bee
November 18. 10am Eat Your Greens
December 12. 6pm Cooking with Citrus

Water School 2017

This program was made possible by grants and support from the Lake County Soil and Water Conservation District, The Southwest Florida Water Management District, the Saint Johns River Water Management District, and the Lake County Water Authority. Presentations are provided in .pdf format.

Climate Change and Water - Chris Martinez, UF/IFAS

The True Cost of Water - Tatiana Borisova, UF/IFAS

Keeping Nature Alive - Minimum Flows and Levels – Jennifer Mitchell, St. Johns River Water Management District

Do We Have Enough? - Jason Bellino, US Geological Survey

Florida Water Star – Robin Grantham, Southwest Florida Water Management District

Lake Levels – How and Why? Mike Perry, Lake County Water Authority

Central Florida Water Initiative – Joseph Quinn, Southwest Florida Water Management District

Politics of Water – Richard S. Owen, Withlacoochee Regional Water Supply Authority

What is the Lake Soil & Water Conservation District (LSWCD)? Susan Fetter, LSWCD

Home Irrigation Systems - Steven Guch, UF/IFAS