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March

March 6: Live Well with Diabetes.  10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  Lady Lake Public Library.  The program will discuss strategies to better manage diabetes and lead a healthy life through understanding how diabetes affects the body, proper nutrition and working with your healthcare team. Preregistration is required.

March 8: Review and Exam for Ornamental & Turf and Private Ag Applicator Pesticide Licenses. 8:00 a.m. - noon. Exams administered 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. UF/IFAS Lake County Extension Center. The Private Ag Applicator license is for those who apply restricted use pesticides for agricultural production. The Ornamental and Turf license is for people applying pesticides to a golf course, sport field, park, or cemetery. $20. Register online, cash, or check at the Lake County Extension Center during normal business hours. Flyer with details.

March 9: Closing Your Seasonal Home.   2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.  Lake County Extension Center.  Learn the proper way to close a home for an extended period. Participants will gain an understanding of what they can do to minimize the possibility of discovering serious issues when they return. Preregistration required.

March 13-14 or 17-18: Starting a Successful Hydroponic Business two-day short courses. UF/IFAS Suwannee Valley Agricultural Extension Center near Live Oak. This program will feature demonstration and hands-on activities inside three greenhouses, a shade house, and an outdoor production area at the facility for two days and will also provide an optional grower tour. Topics to be covered include: planning the business and developing a marketing strategy, growing transplants, selecting hydroponic systems, soilless media choices, irrigation, and fertilizer, managing pests, and the production of several crops from microgreens to herbs to cut flowers to tomatoes. Registration online.

March 14: From Hen to Table. 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. UF/IFAS Lake County Extension Center. Follow the journey that an egg takes from chicken to kitchen. Learn the basics of caring for backyard chickens and develop an appreciation for the commercial poultry industry. Learn how to properly collect, clean, and store eggs. Develop strategies for incorporating eggs into your healthy diet. Cost is $10 and includes printed material and samples. Pre-registration is required online.

March 16: Learn to Meal Prep.  11:00 a.m. - 12: 30pm and 5:30 pm-7:00 p.m.   Lake County Extension Center. Discover how to save time in the kitchen and make it easier for you to eat healthful during the week. Never get caught without a nutritious meal. Cost $5 includes printed material and samples. Preregistration required.

March 16:  Spring Ranchers Forum.  8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at the Yarborough Ranch, Geneva, FL.   Join local experts and University of Florida Faculty for an open air learning event featuring hands on demonstrations and lectures relating to ranching in Central Florida. Cost is $10 and includes proceedings book and a steak lunch. To RSVP please contact your county Livestock Agent (In Lake – Megan Mann).

 March 24:  Small Ruminant Production Conference.  8:00 a.m. - 4 p.m.  Osceola County Extension, Kissimmee, FL.  This daylong conference features educational talks and demonstrations on all things goat and sheep. Cost is $30 and includes printed material and lunch.  Pre-registration is required.

March 25-26: Landscape and Garden Fair. Sixth Annual Landscape & Garden Fair in the Discovery Gardens at the UF/IFAS Lake County Extension Center.  10:00  a.m.- 4:00 p.m.Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.  The free fair will provide expert guest speakers on gardening topics such as roses, snakes and spiders, native plants, and more. Children’s activities include a butterfly release, children’s garden passport and scavenger hunt maze.  Residents and visitors will have an opportunity to meet with, and purchase goods from local merchants that specialize in landscaping, gardening, irrigation, horticulture, fertilizer and more.

April

April 13: Bountiful Blueberries. 6 p.m. UF/IFAS Lake County Extension Center. Central Florida has developed a reputation of excellence in blueberry production. Come learn about the important role that blueberries play in our local economy, how farmers grow and harvest blueberries, and how you can use blueberries as a healthy and nutritious part of our 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.

April 20: Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training. 8:30 a.m.- 5 p.m. UF/IFAS Lake County Extension Center. The course will provide a foundation of Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and co-management information, FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements, and details on how to develop a farm food safety plan.
After attending the entire course, participants will be eligible to receive a certificate from the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) that verifies they have completed the training course. Register with Flyer. Registration online.

May

May 2: Get Your Grill On. 6 p.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! 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.

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.

May 20: Saturday in the Gardens - Topic to be Announced Soon. 10:00 am to 12:00 p.m.  There is a $5.00 charge to attend the class.  Register (online will be available soon), check, or cash at the Lake County Extension Center during normal business hours. Discovery Gardens open 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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.

July

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

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. 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.

October

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.

November

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.

2017 Farm Tour will be during the week before Thanksgiving. Details soon.

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.