Free Farm Your Backyard Workshop
Palm Beach County Cooperative Extension to offer “Farm-Your-Backyard” vegetable-growing workshop
Learn the secrets of vegetable gardening in South Florida with Arthur Kirstein, Coordinator of Agricultural Economic Development and Mike Page, Mounts Botanical Garden Horticultural Supervisor. The focus of this workshop is on using established agricultural techniques for successful small area vegetable garden projects. Tips and techniques on site preparation, seedling establishment, plantings, crop maintenance, and harvesting will be covered. A tour of the Mounts Botanical Garden vegetable garden will complete the program. The program is free of charge and is limited to the first 100 individuals to sign up.
To sign up please contact: Melissa Allman at firstname.lastname@example.org
Class Date: September 6, 2014
Made in the Shade
Shade in your yard can provide welcome relief from the summer heat. Though these dimly lit landscape areas can pose a problem for sun loving plant materials which overtime, deteriorate. You must choose the right plants for shady areas under mature trees, beside fences, under roof overhangs, areas in the shadow of the house. Colorful shade loving annual and perennials include:
Mark your calendar now for Mounts Botanical Garden ‘Everything Orchids’ A Shady Affair Plant Sale coming up on Saturday, September 13, 9am-4pm and Sunday, September 14, 9am-3pm. The Mounts Botanical Garden is located at 531 North Military Trail in West Palm Beach. This plant sale offers you the opportunity to buy the best orchid and shade loving plants. Fun and informative lectures will be offered on topics such as Basic Orchid Care, Shade Loving Plants and Fragrance Plants. Our area’s foremost plant vendors will be selling begonias, bromeliads, orchids, ferns, aroids and more. Magnificent tabletop arrangements will be offered in a silent auction to benefit the Garden.
For information on plants that can grow well in the shade call the Palm Beach County Master Gardener Volunteer hotline M-F 9-4 at 233-1750.
Free Edible Gardens Workshop
Growing and preparing your own vegetables and fruits can help stretch your food dollar and be a rewarding and healthy experience. Adding more fruits and vegetables to your diet can help reduce the risk of diseases, and gardening gives you an opportunity to exercise outdoors.
Learn all about growing and preparing heart-healthy vegetables and fruits at a free workshop offered by the Palm Beach County Cooperative Extension. The workshop will include presentations on gardening vegetables and their nutritional value as well as a demonstration on how to prepare them. Participants will also be able to taste the prepared dishes. Presenters will be Ada Medina-Solórzano, Extension Agent Nutrition and Food Safety and Dr. Christian F. Miller, PhD Plant Pathologist, a vegetable and fruit crop expert.
Participants must call 561-233-1742 to register.
Who: Cooperative Extension PBC/University of Florida
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NUTRIENT MANAGEMENT PLAN
Palm Beach County Ordinance 2013-021 prohibits application of animal manure on any property within unincorporated Palm Beach County without a Nutrient Management Plan. The following links provides the individual requirements to secure a Management Plan.
Every day, real people are achieving their goals through practical, community-based education. Palm Beach County Cooperative Extension offers learning opportunities based on community needs, what local people say they want to learn ~ about families, kids, agriculture, nutrition, business, gardening, community development and more.
In 2014, Cooperative Extension will celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the Smith-Lever Act, the founding legislation of Cooperative Extension. On September 18, 2014 in celebration of this centennial anniversary, Palm Beach Cooperative Extension will create and entomb a time capsule to commemorate the event.
The time capsule will be located at the flagpole outside the Cooperative Extension Service Clayton Hutcheson Exhibit Halls at 559 North Military Trail, West Palm Beach. This time capsule is to be opened 50 years from now and will contain a letter from our department director, Audrey Norman to the new generation of Cooperative Extension agents and citizens that will open the time capsule. Inserted into the time capsule will be a 2014 Extension staff photograph, organizational flowchart, statistical data, educational materials and letters, and items from community and other stakeholders. The contents of the time capsule are now being collected by our staff and stakeholders of Cooperative Extension. The 2064 unveiling of the time capsule is going to be a great event for our future faculty, staff and friends of the Palm Beach County Cooperative Extension Service. For more information on the educational programs of the Palm Beach County Cooperative Extension Service call the Master Gardener Volunteer hotline M-F, 9-4 at 561-233-1750.
Figure 1 Cooperative Extension Service-Mounts Building display 100 Year Anniversary of Extension Banner July 2014
America Celebrates 100th Anniversary of Cooperative Extension!
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Watch our video with pictures from then and now http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYq43Wd2bu4
On April 17, 2014 we’ll celebrate 100 years of Cooperative Extension programs,
Every drop of water that exits your landscape eventually moves on, and may take with it residues resulting from landscaping practices. Water that runs off of your property makes its way to our ground and surface waters, including the Lake Worth Lagoon, the Everglades and the Atlantic Ocean. Click here to view our newest brochure, Protect Palm Beach County’s Water and Environment, which explains how you can use Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ principles to achieve a beautiful, low-maintenance landscape while protecting and preserving our precious environment, ground, and surface waters.
Palm Beach County Landscape professionals know that beginning in January of 2014, anyone who applies fertilizers commercially will be required to hold a Limited Certification for Urban Landscape Commercial Fertilizer (often called the “fertilizer license”) issued by the Bureau of Entomology and Pest Control. A new UF / IFAS Palm Beach County Extension fact sheet addresses some of the most common questions related to obtaining your GI-BMP certification and fertilizer license, such as: How Do I Request a Duplicate GI-BMP Certificate, and How Do I Apply for the Fertilizer License once I receive my GI-BMP certificate?
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To attend classes or learn more, see the 2014 GI-BMP Brochure . GI-BMP training is also available online. More information is available on the Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ website. Call 561.233.1759 with any questions.
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