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UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Groundbreaking

On October 15, 2020 the UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County broke ground for their new Extension office to be built at the Alachua County Ag & Equestrian Center, Newberry, FL. “It has been a long road with some bumps along the way,” said UF/IFAS Extension Director, Dr. Cindy Sanders. Speakers at this event included, Michele Lieberman, Alachua County Manager, Jordan Marlow, Newberry Mayor, Lee Pinkoson, former Alachua County Commissioner, Chuck Clemons, Florida State Representative, Dr. Scott Angle, UF/IFAS Vice President, and Dr. Cindy Sanders, UF/IFAS Extension Director for Alachua County. A new Extension office and fairgrounds has been in the works for about 30 years, and with determination and the support of the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners and the City of Newberry, this dream will soon be a reality. The 2021 Alachua County Youth Fair & Livestock Show will be held a the new Ag & Equestrian Center March . The new facility will house the UF/IFAS Extension Office for Alachua County, an Auditorium, and an outdoor gardens. The auditorium will seat 300-400 and include a state of the art teaching kitchen.  The Extension office is set to be completed in the fall of 2021.

Click below for the Groundbreaking Ceremony

UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Groundbreaking Video

2 Comments on “UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Groundbreaking

  1. Is there any documentation, preferably online, that defines and lists the availability of services for homeowners and those planning on planting beneficial plants on their property?

    • Thank you for your great question. We have lots of materials and resources available online for homeowners. The Gardening Solutions webpage is a great webpage for all homeowners (www.gardeningsolutions.ifas.ufl.edu). We also have a county webpage dedicated to the Florida-Friendly Landscaping Program that includes additional resources (https://sites.google.com/ufl.edu/alachuaffl/home). Regarding services, we offer programs throughout the year relating to landscaping best management decisions and vegetable gardening. I recommend checking out our county’s programs/events page for all our upcoming programs (https://sfyl.ifas.ufl.edu/events/?location=alachua). Other services we provide include our Master Gardener Volunteer Help Desk. You can reach out to our Master Gardeners Volunteers via email (mag@alachuacounty.us)or phone (352)955-2402 to help troubleshoot any issues within your landscape or garden. Also, the Master Gardeners perform Florida-Friendly Landscape Recognitions. Volunteers visit a homeowner’s property and do a landscape evaluation. This free evaluation allows homeowners to learn ways to improve their landscapes and potentially earn a Gold or Silver landscape recognition.

      Taylor Clem, PhD
      Environmental Horticulture Extension Agent
      UF/IFAS Alachua County Extension
      106 SW 140th Terr. Suite 3 • Newberry • FL • 32669
      955-2402 (office)

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