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Category: Horticulture

TEACHING RESIDENTS ON FACEBOOK LIVE. W. Lester, UF/IFAS Extension, Hernando County, Brooksville, FL.

1)Situation/Target Audience: The UF/IFAS Hernando County horticulture program provides education to residents on a wide variety of landscape topics. This is especially important now that we have so many new residents moving here from other… Read More

DEMONSTRATION GARDEN RENOVATION Terra Freeman, UF/IFAS Extension, St. Johns County, St. Augustine, FL.

Situation: The St. Johns County Master Gardener program maintains the 54 acres of gardens and landscape that surround the extension office as a demonstration tool. Prior to my arrival, the Master Gardener program was dysfunctional… Read More

CALCULATING FERTILIZER EASILY: A USEFUL TOOL T. McIntyre UF/IFAS Extension, Seminole County, Sanford, FL 32773

Situation/Problem Statement and Objectives:  Nutrient runoff and leaching can be attributed to a lack of best management practices in the home landscape, including improper fertilization. Homeowners play an integral role in how they or their… Read More

ADAPTIVE GARDENING: IMPROVING ACCESSIBILITY AND INJURY PREVENTION Sullivan, J., Agriculture Agent, University of Florida IFAS Extension-Osceola County, Kissimmee, FL, Pabon, E., Residential Horticulture Agent, University of Florida IFAS Extension-Osceola County, Kissimmee, FL

Situation: Gardening can be a relaxing hobby that improves our physical and psychological health, with benefits including lowering blood pressure, improving motor skills, and reducing stress and depression. Gardening, however, can become an overwhelming or… Read More

THE IMPORTANCE OF TRANSPARENCY IN VOLUNTEER MANAGEMENT

Maxine Hunter, UF/IFAS Extension Marion County Residential Horticulture Agent. Ocala, FL. Situation: Extension education provides a valuable public service by positively impacting complex social needs and issues within communities through educational programming. Extension volunteers can… Read More

EXTENDING EXTENSION; THE “URBAN OASIS” PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN UF/IFAS AND FLORIDA HOSPITAL/FISH MEMORIAL

Joe Sewards, UF/IFAS Extension, Volusia County, Urban Horticulture Agent and Master Gardener Coordinator, DeLand, Fl. Situation: Forming partnerships with non-profit organizations has always been an important component of Extension programming. These days, it is critical… Read More

CREATING & FOSTERING CONFIDENCE OF VOLUNTEER MIDDLE MANAGERS

K. G. McCormick, UF/IFAS Extension, Seminole County, Sanford, FL Situation: Master Gardener Volunteers require a substantial amount of time to train. Volunteer retention is a large concern once they are trained. Volunteers leaving the program… Read More

COLLABORATING WITH OTHER AGENCIES TO INCREASE CLASS PARTICIPATION AND GREATER IMPACTS

Ricketts G., Pabon E., UF/IFAS Extension in Osceola County Situation: The UF/IFAS Extension/Osceola County horticulture department was facing challenges in getting clientele to attend horticulture training programs. Methods: The agents conducted 2 meetings with Osceola… Read More