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April

April 6 – 15: Lake County Fair. Weekdays 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., weekends 1 p.m. to 10 p.m.,  Lake County Fairgrounds, Eustis. Come out to the Lake County Fair and visit the 4-H building. It is filled with arts and craft projects, sewing, digital art and photography, ceramics and all sorts of creative contributions by the youth of Lake County. Also, don’t miss the livestock exhibits as well as “Share-The-Fun,” a program which highlights the various talents of our young folks here in Lake County. Check out the website at lakecofair.com

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. Flyer.

May 20: Saturday in the Gardens - Perennials - educational talk and sale. 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.

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. Details to come.

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. 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.