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July

July 26: The Great CEU Roundup presented by the Florida Turfgrass Association and UF/IFAS. 8:30 am—4:00 pm. SIX CEUs in Private App, and various other categories. No CORE. Lake County Extension Center. Registration details.

August

August 19: Big Bug Day with Saturday in the Gardens. Discovery Gardens are open and free from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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.

September

September 9: 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. 8:00 a.m. - noon. UF/IFAS Lake County Extension Center. 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. 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.

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.