November 14: Produce Safety Training. 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. UF/IFAS Lake County Extension Center. For: fruit and vegetable growers and others interested in learning about produce safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), and co-management of natural resources and food safety. The PSA Grower Training Course is one way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement. On-line registration. Flyer. Flyer with details of other food safety training programs.

CANCELLED November 15: Winter Weather School. FAWN, climate outlook and forecast, ctritical temperatures and monitoring farm conditions. Details and online registration. If you are still interested in following the weather for commercial fruit production, WEATHER WATCH, will be offered this year as in the past. Details and registration for Weather Watch.

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. Stops this year include: Cutrale, Organica World, Bountiful Farms, and Yalaha Bootlegging. $35 includes bus, water, and snack. Registration required. Lunch will be on your own with a list of potential restaurants in historic Leesburg, FL. Please note that the Cutrale tour requires closed toe shoes and long pants. No shorts or dresses allowed. Flyer with details.

November 18: Much Ado About Veggies. 9 a.m. - noon. UF/IFAS Lake County Extension Center. Learn what vegetables grow best in the Florida garden and explore healthy ways to use them in your kitchen. The $10 fee includes printed material, recipes, and tasty samples. Please register online, or visit the Lake County Extension Center during normal business hours if paying by cash or check. See flyer for details.


Homeowner Education Landscape Program (HELP) 3-part series
Dec. 1, 8, 15 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Lake County Extension Center. Participants are required to attend all three classes, which will address frequently asked questions and problems in the home landscape. Registration is $30 online. The class will include classroom and hands-on training, micro-irrigation supplies, and a Plant Selection and Landscape Design Guide.

Dec. 5 Chicken University.  6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Lake County Extension Center. This seminar introduces the aspiring backyard chicken farmer to the basics of poultry husbandry. Topics to be covered include: Basic Poultry Biology, Feeding the Home Flock, Breed Selection, Getting Started in Chickens, Predator Protection, Egg Laying Issues, and Safe Egg Handling. The cost is $10 and includes a booklet of printed material. Registration is required.

December 7: New Production Technologies for the Container Nursery. Hibernia Nursery, 1176 C. 478A, Webster, Florida. Flyer with details. Online registration.

December 16: Cooking with Citrus. 10 a.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 an 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.