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May

May 18: Review and Exams for Aquatic/Right of Way/Natural Areas pesticide applicator licenses. 8 a.m. UF/IFAS Lake County Extension Center. Pesticide applicators applying on aquatic sites, in right of ways, and in natural areas need special category licenses. Review from 8 a.m. to noon, exams administered after lunch on your own. The cost of the class is $20. Please register online, or visit the Lake County Extension Center during normal business hours if paying by cash or check. Flyer.

May 20Perennial Gardening Class. 10 – 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 20 at the Lake County Extension Center. Learn selection, cultivation tips and creative ways to use perennials in the home landscape from agent Brooke Moffis.  Pre-registration for the class is required online for $5 or by cash or check at the Lake County Extension Center during normal business hours. Discovery Gardens, a 3.5 acre property consisting of multiple themed gardens, is free to visit.

Florida Perennial Sale from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm perennials will be for sale by the UF/IFAS Lake County Master Gardeners at the Lake County Extension Center in conjunction with our May 20th Saturday in the Gardens class.  You do not have to attend the class to participate in the sale.

June

June 1: Pesticide Applicator CEU Day. 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Lake County Extension Center. Update your knowledge for pesticide application and renew your license instead of taking the exam again! Carefully choose the CEU sessions that apply to your license. Tickets are per session and sessions are at different times, lengths, and for different license CEUs. The afternoon sessions are concurrent, so you can only choose one. Register online.

June 17: Saturday in the Gardens. Discovery Gardens open 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

June 21: Building Your Own Farm's Food Safety Manual Workshop. UF/IFAS Mid Florida Research and Education Center, Apopka. One-day workshop to help growers develop their own food safety manuals. It is targeted to fresh fruit and/or vegetable farming operations, field or greenhouse. $35 registration.

June 27: Lake County Water School for the public. Learn about our water resources from a range of speakers on topics from Climate Change and Water, to Lake Levels, and Politics of Water. Complete agenda online. $5. Online registration.

FREE Rescheduled! June 29: Get Your Grill On. 10 a.m. UF/IFAS Lake County Extension Center. What cuts of beef are best for the grill? What’s the difference between grass fed and grass finished? How can you select a great steak at the supermarket? Get the answers to all these questions while learning safe grilling techniques and healthy recipes. Enjoy tasty samples fresh from the grill! Pre-registration is required for this free class sponsored by the Lake County Cattlemen's Association. Please register online, or visit the Lake County Extension Center during normal business hours if registering in person. See flyer for details.

July

July 15: Saturday in the Gardens. Discovery Gardens open 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

July 26: The Great CEU Roundup presented by the Florida Turfgrass Association and UF/IFAS. 8:30 am—4:00 pm. Lake County Extension Center. Registration details.

August

August 19: Creature Cuisine. 11 a.m. UF/IFAS Lake County Extension Center. Are bugs the protein of the future? Learn about all the ways that insects impact agriculture and sample some creepy crawlies that may play an important role in feeding an ever growing human population. Enjoy tasty samples fresh from the grill! The cost of the class and materials is $10. Please register online, or visit the Lake County Extension Center during normal business hours if paying by cash or check. See flyer for details.

August 19: Saturday in the Gardens. Butterfly Gardening talk and sale. Details to come. Discovery Gardens open 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

September

September 16: Fall into Veggies. 10 a.m. UF/IFAS Lake County Extension Center. Back to school time is a great time to establish healthy habits (no matter how old you are). Learn what veggies grow best in Florida in the fall and develop a plan for incorporating them into your diet. The cost of the class and materials is $10. Please register online, or visit the Lake County Extension Center during normal business hours if paying by cash or check. See flyer for details.

September 16: Saturday in the Gardens. Discovery Gardens open 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

September 28: Fruit Grower Day. Blueberries in the morning, citrus in the afternoon. Lunch sponsored by Florida Citrus Mutual. Details and online registration.

October

October 7: Master Gardener Annual Plant Sale. 8 a.m. to noon. Bulbs, Perennials, and Succulents.

October 17: Sweet as Can Bee. 6 p.m. UF/IFAS Lake County Extension Center. What’s the buzz on bees? Learn how local bee keepers produce honey and beeswax while providing a valuable service to other farmers. Explore easy ways to incorporate honey as a natural sweetener in your favorite recipes.  The cost of the class and materials is $10. Please register online, or visit the Lake County Extension Center during normal business hours if paying by cash or check. See flyer for details.

October 21: Saturday in the Gardens. Discovery Gardens open 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

October 27: Farm Safety Day. Worker protection standards (WPS) annual training for workers and handlers in Spanish and English, transporting ag equipment safely, fire extinguisher safety, heat related illness. Certificate of attendance and lunch provided. Details and online registration.

November

November 14: Produce Safety Training. Details to come.

November 15: Winter Weather School. FAWN, climate outlook and forecast, ctritical temperatures and monitoring farm conditions. Details and online registration.

November 17: Farm Tour. Our annual Farm Tour will visit farms in central Lake County this year. Buses leave from the UF/IFAS Extension Center. Details to come.

November 18: Eat Your Greens. 10 a.m. UF/IFAS Lake County Extension Center. “Eat your greens” is a familiar phrase heard around supper tables, and for good reason! Greens can be a nutrient dense and delicious addition to any diet. Learn to grow a variety of greens in your home garden and explore healthy ways to use them in your kitchen. The cost of the class and materials is $10. Please register online, or visit the Lake County Extension Center during normal business hours if paying by cash or check. See flyer for details.

December

December 12: Cooking with Citrus. 6 p.m. UF/IFAS Lake County Extension Center. The citrus industry has deep roots in Lake County. Learn about the significant role that the citrus industry has played in the development of our community. Enjoy and overview of modern citrus production and learn how to grow your own dooryard citrus. Explore ways to incorporate citrus in your cooking and baking. The cost of the class and materials is $10. Please register online, or visit the Lake County Extension Center during normal business hours if paying by cash or check. See flyer for details.

December 16: Saturday in the Gardens. Discovery Gardens open 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.