Greetings! My name is Dr. Taylor Clem and I have the wonderful honor to serve as Alachua County’s new Environmental & Community Horticulture Agent. Originally from the Midwest, I have called North Florida my home since 2000. After completing high school I completed degrees in landscape architecture from University of Kentucky and University of Florida. My interests led to me working on my PhD from University of Florida’s Environmental Horticulture program.
Prior to returning to Alachua County, I served as the Parks Planner for the City of Farmington, New Mexico. In the Four-Corners Region of New Mexico, I had the opportunity to work with the Navajo Nation, Bureau of Land Management, and farming families.
Despite the geographic distance, New Mexico and Alachua County have many of the same issues-water quality and quantity. One project I served as Project Manager for a river restoration project to help mitigate the impacts of the 2015 Gold King Mine Spill. Other projects included: drought management plans, landscape management guidelines, trail development, building construction, and community master planning.
I had the ability to learn a lot while in New Mexico, but with the opportunity to come back home and continue serving my community, I was excited. In my role I serve as the county’s Master Gardener Coordinator and manage all our residential and environmental horticulture programs.
Our Master Gardeners are an intrepid group of community volunteers who have completed a comprehensive training program. The Master Gardeners are available to help answer questions about your yard or landscape, but you can also find them volunteering at community events, teaching classes, hosting tabling events, and much more.
Our community is filled with environmental diversity that relies on protecting our environment. I can help serve as a resource for community members to learn about vegetable gardening, the Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program, irrigation, environmental issues, and tips for maintaining a healthy yard.
Alachua County’s UF/IFAS extension office is located at 2800 NE 39th Avenue, Gainesville, Florida 32609. Our mission is to help serve Alachua County. To become a Master Gardener, please visit our county extension website or contact our office. Or feel free to reach out to our office for any horticulture questions or for information about events and courses. You can also find information at our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/alachuacountymastergardeners) and the county extension webpage (http://sfyl.ifas.ufl.edu/alachua/)
I am excited to be back home in Alachua County and to work with in the community together. Go Gators!