Lee County Extension
Agriculture & Natural Resources

January 2014

23 Register early for the 18th annual Southwest Florida Invasive Species Workshop
For registration details and additional information, visit the website at: 
http://www.floridainvasives.org/Southwest/upcoming_events.html
   

February 2014

27 Sign up for The Annual Lee County Urban Farm Tour
Beginning Destination:  (Rear Entrance - Formerly Lee County Extension Office, 3410 Palm Beach Blvd., Fort Myers, FL
Time:  8:00AM-4:00PM
Cost:
  $60 per person
Registration:  Please make check to LCEOAB and mail to Urban Farm Tour 201, 3410 Palm Beach Blvd.., Fort Myers, FL  33916
For Further information, please call Roy at 239-533-7512. 
   
   

March 2014

19 Pine Island Farm and Grove Tour, 2014
Tour Departs:  Terry Park at the UF/IFAS Extension Office, 3410 Palm Beach Blvd., Fort Myers, FL
Cost of Tour:  $60
Registration:  Call Roy Beckford at 239-533-7512 or email fbeckford@leegov.comMake checks payable to LCEOAB and mail to "Urban Farm Tour 2014," UF/IFAS, 3410 Palm Beach Blvd., Fort Myers, FL  33916. 
   

April 2014

5 Introduction to Beekeeping
Class Title:  History of Honey Bees and their Behavior; Basic Materials
Location:
  4632 Vincennes Blvd., Cape Coral, FL 
Time:  9:00AM-4:30PM
Cost:  $240
Mail your check to:  Beekeeping Class, 3406 Palm Beach Blvd, Fort Myers, FL  33916
Deadline for Registration:
  April 1, 2014
Details:  Call Rob the Bee-Man at 239-878-1953 or info@thebeeschoice.com - PayPal and credit card link is provided on the website for processing payments online -
http://www.leecountybeekeepersassociation.com/2014-bee-school.html
5 Tomato Propagation Workshop
Location:  Veterans Park Recreation Center, 55 Homestead Road South, Lehigh Acres, FL
Time:  2:00PM
Cost:  $8.00
This hands-on learning workshop will teach you two things:  How to save tomato seeds and how to start new plants without using seeds. 

For more information including what participants will take home, see flyer. 
12 Introduction to Beekeeping
Class Title:  Getting Started/Basic Management
Location:
  4632 Vincennes Blvd., Cape Coral, FL 
Time:  9:00AM-4:30PM
Cost:  $240
Mail your check to:  Beekeeping Class, 3406 Palm Beach Blvd, Fort Myers, FL  33916
Deadline for Registration:
  April 1, 2014
Details:  Call Rob the Bee-Man at 239-878-1953 or info@thebeeschoice.com - PayPal and credit card link is provided on the website for processing payments online -
http://www.leecountybeekeepersassociation.com/2014-bee-school.html
19 Introduction to Beekeeping
Class Title:  Harvesting, what you need to know
Location:
  4632 Vincennes Blvd., Cape Coral, FL 
Time:  9:00AM-4:30PM
Cost:  $240
Mail your check to:  Beekeeping Class, 3406 Palm Beach Blvd, Fort Myers, FL  33916
Deadline for Registration:
  April 1, 2014
Details:  Call Rob the Bee-Man at 239-878-1953 or info@thebeeschoice.com - PayPal and credit card link is provided on the website for processing payments online -
http://www.leecountybeekeepersassociation.com/2014-bee-school.html
26 Introduction to Beekeeping
Class Title:  Advanced Management, Disease & Enemies
Location:
  4632 Vincennes Blvd., Cape Coral, FL 
Time:  9:00AM-4:30PM
Cost:  $240
Mail your check to:  Beekeeping Class, 3406 Palm Beach Blvd, Fort Myers, FL  33916
Deadline for Registration:
  April 1, 2014
Details:  Call Rob the Bee-Man at 239-878-1953 or info@thebeeschoice.com - PayPal and credit card link is provided on the website for processing payments online -
http://www.leecountybeekeepersassociation.com/2014-bee-school.html
   

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June 2013

29 Taste of Lee
Location:
  First Baptist Church of Fort Myers, 1735 Jackson Street, Downtown Fort Myers
Time:  9AM-2PM
Registration:  None
Cost:  $2 general admission; under 12 free.  No pre-registration.  Please pay at the door.
Click here for Speakers Series 
Information:  (239) 533-7504
   
   
   

July 2013

31 Pasture Renovation and Management Conference
Location:  Lee County Extension Office, 3410 Palm Beach Blvd.., Fort Myers, FL, FL
Time: 
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM.
Cost:
$20
Additional Information:  Contact Roy Beckford at 239-533-7512 or email fbeckford@leegov.com

The one-day conference will provide clarity on those factors integral in pasture preparation, forage establishment and weed management strategies suitable for horses, cattle, goats and pastured poultry.  Seminar presenters will include specialists in the management and nutrition of the species mentioned, capable of outlining a pasture renovation and management plan and answering tough questions on the subjects. 

Make checks payable to "LCEOAB" and mail to 3410 Palm Beach Blvd.., Fort Myers, FL, 33916.
   

August 2013

1, 8, 15 & 22 Urban Farming for Profit
Location:  Lee County Extension Office, 3410 Palm Beach Blvd.., Fort Myers, FL
Time:  5:30-8:30PM
Registration Cost:  $40
Make checks payable to the "LCEOAB" and mail to "Urban Farming Course," 3410 Palm Beach Blvd.., Fort Myers, FL  33916. 
Information:  For details contact Roy Beckford at 239-533-7512 or email fbeckford@leegov.com.

World population data indicates that more than 51% of people on the earth now live in cities.  Many people in US cities including the cities of Lee County are finding ways to succeed at a new kind of farming - urban farming.  This 4-week evening course will introduce participants to urban agricultural systems including organic, low-input, alternative, biodynamic, holistic, permaculture, and other farming systems that are ecologically sound, economically viable, and socially responsible. 
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The UF/IFAS Lee County Extension, in collaboration with the Beekeepers Association of Southwest Florida (BASF) offers a 4-week introductory beekeeping class this summer.  

Classes begin on Friday August 9, 2013.  Space is limited to 40 students.  Students receive basic startup kit including bee veil, smoker, bee box and resource books.
Bees will NOT be provided as part of this package!

Cost of the course is $225. Make Checks payable to BASF (Mail to 3410 Palm Beach Blvd., FM 33916). Pre-registration is necessary for inclusion in the class. For details call Don Murray at 239-267-9776 or Rebecca at 239-247-7352 e-mail don@hphoney.com.
Deadline for registration is August 5, 2013.

Morning classroom sessions will be held at the Extension Office located in Terry Park.  Afternoon practical sessions will be conducted on the farm of a BASF member beekeeper.
   
   

September 2013

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Oct. 4
--Postponed until further notice--Sustainable Floridians Master Volunteer Training Program
Location:  Lee County Extension Office, 3410 Palm Beach Blvd.., Fort Myers, FL 
Cost:  Multi-week training program is $75. 
Space is limited to 30 participants.  Make checks payable to "LCEOAB" and mail to 3410 Palm Beach Blvd.., Fort Myers, FL  33916. 

The program relies on dedicated volunteers who have an interest in protecting the environment and giving back to their communities.  If you are interested in living a green and sustainable lifestyle and contributing to society through the learning empowerment provided by this education program, consider becoming a Sustainable Floridian Master Volunteer today!  For more information call Roy Beckford at 239-533-7512 or email fbeckford@leegov.com
26 Urban Pond Management and Aquatic Areas Seminar (CEU Program)
Location:  Lee County Extension Office, 3410 Palm Beach Blvd.., Fort Myers, FL
Cost:  $15
Make checks payable to the "LCEOAB" and mail to "Pond Management Conference," 3410 Palm Beach Blvd.., Fort Myers, FL  33916. 
Information:  For details contact Roy Beckford at 239-533-7512 or email fbeckford@leegov.com.

Private homeowners as well as Homeowner Associations tasked with the responsibility of managing community lakes, stormwater ponds and other catchment basins should consider attending this seminar.  The seminar will provide licensed pesticide applicators with CEU's in CORE, Aquatic, Private Applicator and other categories. 
   
   
   
   

October 2013

4 --Postponed until further notice--Sustainable Floridians Master Volunteer Training Program
Location:  Lee County Extension Office, 3410 Palm Beach Blvd.., Fort Myers, FL 
Cost:  Multi-week training program is $75. 
Space is limited to 30 participants.  Make checks payable to "LCEOAB" and mail to 3410 Palm Beach Blvd.., Fort Myers, FL  33916. 

The program relies on dedicated volunteers who have an interest in protecting the environment and giving back to their communities.  If you are interested in living a green and sustainable lifestyle and contributing to society through the learning empowerment provided by this education program, consider becoming a Sustainable Floridian Master Volunteer today!  For more information call Roy Beckford at 239-533-7512 or email fbeckford@leegov.com
   
   
   
   
   

November 2013

1 --Canceled--
5th Annual Sustainability and Green Technologies Conference and Exhibition
Location:  Location to be determined
Conference Cost:  $25 (includes lunch)
The Exhibition is free to the public. 
Make checks payable to the "LCEOAB" and mail to "Sustainability Conference," 3410 Palm Beach Blvd.., Fort Myers, FL  33916. 
Information:  For details contact Roy Beckford at 239-533-7512 or email fbeckford@leegov.com.

The exhibition portion is unique opportunity to meet the region's investors, farmers, developers, engineers, purchasing agents, and representatives from state and local government agencies who will be showcasing unique products, services and programs that promote climate change solutions through recycling, efficient water use, sustainable transportation, biofuels and renewable alternative energy. --Canceled--
   
   
   
   

December 2013

6 Micro-Greens Production Workshop
Location:  On-Farm at Herban Gardens, 8400 Dosonte Lane, North Fort Myers, FL  33917
Time:  8:30AM
Cost:  $100 non-refundale - space is limited so please pre-register by Friday, November 22.  Make checks out to "LCEOAB," and mail to "Micro-Greens Workshop," 3410 Palm Beach Blvd., Fort Myers, FL  33916."  Lunch will be provided. 
Information:  Call Roy Beckford at 239-533-7512 or email fbeckford@leegov.com

Micro-greens are young, nutritious seedlings of edible vegetables and herbs that are harvested and eaten in less than 14 days. Research has shown that micro-greens offer a nutritional punch well above their weight, providing nourishment and flavor that is sought after by consumers and top chefs. 

Participants will join veteran micro-greens producer and farmer Ken Ryan who will impart sound knowledge and techniques gathered over three decades in New England and in Florida, on how to grow, nurture and excel at producing micro-greens as nutritional “powerhouses” that can be enjoyed all year round in salads, soups, and sandwiches. Drawing on his skill-sets and unique marketing approach, Ken will elaborate on how to produce micro-greens as an agri-business enterprise.
   
   
   
   
   
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