Water Theme Runs Through the 2019 UF/IFAS Extension Calendar
The 2019 UF/IFAS Extension wall calendars have been printed and are now being distributed around the state, just in time to plan for next year. Because water quality and quantity are such important issues in our state, we wanted to make water the featured theme for the 2019 calendar, just as food systems were the theme in 2018. Each month features photographs and stories that highlight a different facet of Extension work dealing with water, from teaching growers and homeowners about more efficient methods of irrigation, to informing people about the steps we can take to preserve our drinking water and wetlands.
At UF/IFAS Extension, preserving the quality and quantity of Florida’s water is a priority issue and the focus of our educational programs. In agriculture, we take a leadership role in defining and teaching best management practices for water use to improve production and reduce water pollution. We evaluate and demonstrate new technologies that help growers save water, and our FAWN weather service provides crucial information that growers rely on to schedule irrigation and avoid devastating frosts.
UF/IFAS Extension faculty have developed water schools, workshops and watershed tours that help communities better understand the role water plays in their economy, environment and quality of life. Whether we’re working with volunteers to build a natural reef to protect oyster beds in a coastal community, educating homeowners about how reduce microplastics getting into our wetlands, or answering questions about algal blooms and invasive species, UF/IFAS Extension faculty bring the latest research on water quality and conservation to communities throughout Florida.
The importance of drinking enough water is integrated into our work teaching Florida residents about healthy living and eating. Our 4-H youth development program uses summer camping experiences and hands-on projects to teach youth about water quality and conservation while developing their leadership and community service skills. And in every Florida county, Extension Master Gardeners and horticulture agents are a reliable source of information about Florida Friendly Landscaping TM and other practices that stress efficient ways to use water and protect the environment.
All of these stories are featured in the 2019 calendar. As you and your clientele use it to mark the year’s events and milestones, we hope it will also serve as a daily reminder that each of us can make a difference in using Florida’s water wisely.
To find out where you can get a copy of the 2019 calendar, contact your county’s UF/IFAS Extension website.