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Plant FairMaster Gardener Plant Fair

Join us for a PLANT FAIR on Saturday, September 20, 2014 9:00 AM at the UF-IFAS Orange County Extension Education Center. Vendors, educational events, kids activities, plants on sale and More...

Orange County 4-H 4-H Kick Off

Come one, come all to the 4-H Kick-Off on Saturday, October 4, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. We invite families to come out and learn more about 4-H opportunities for youth and adult and visit with Orange County 4-H clubs . There will be workshops, games and giveaways. More...

hurricane kit Hurricane Prep for Families

Hurricane season is here. Are your prepared? Make plans now to protect your loved ones during storms and other disasters. Hurricane Preparation Quiz --- Are you prepared?
Print this "Family Disaster Plan".

Air Potato Leaf Beetles Air Potato Leaf Beetles

We’ve received several calls and emails recently regarding air potato leaf beetles in response to a recent local television news item. Most residents who contact us are under the impression they can pick up air potato leaf beetles from our office at the UF/IFAS Extension Orange County. That information is not correct.
For now, the beetles are only being released on public lands and research sites (such as county and state parks), where the beetle populations can be monitored. However, you may request beetles by completeing this form and send it to the office indicated.

Small Food Business Starting a Food-Based Business

Have you thought about starting a food business? What does it take to be an entrepreneur? What do you need to know to get started? What quality and safety issues will you face? What Florida laws will apply to your business? University of Florida IFAS Extension Specialists from Gainesville, local professionals and food entrepreneurs will address answers to these questions and more...

drip sprinkler Water Your Lawn Wisely

Did you remember to set your irrigation controller to water up twice a week now that we are in Daylight Savings Time? Did you check your irrigation system to see if it needs some adjustment? Are you applying 3/4" - 1" of water per week? Do you have a working rain sensor? More...

love bug Lovebugs --- THEY'RE BACK!!!

May and September are Lovebug seasons. Learn more about this nuisance insect and what you can do about them. More...

tough timesManaging in Tough Times

Follow these guidelines for successful money management during these tough financial times. More...

Fertilizer Black Out Fertilizer "Black Out" Period in Orange County.

Orange County has a Fertilizer "Black Out" Period from June 1st to September 30th. Only homeowners who have completed this online educational program and satisfactorily complete this quiz may apply fertilizer to the landscape during the Fertilizer "Black Out" Period.

Landscape Planning Your Landscape

Water conservation can be especially easy if you design it into your landscape from the start. More...

Holding money Saving Money

Saving money seems simple, but setting money aside can be difficult in practice. Here are our tips. More...

Stokes aster Florida-Friendly Landscaping™

Florida-friendly landscapes are all about using "Right Plant in the Right Place" to use less water and fertilizer, which also means less money. More...

Butterfly Water for Wildlife

You can help out birds, frogs, butterflies, lizards, and more with a few well-placed sources of fresh, clean water. More...

teach Get Involved with 4-H

Join a 4-H club, or volunteer with us! Volunteers are the key to providing 4-H programs for youth. More...

Using a credit card Credit Scores & Reports

Tracking your credit scores and reports lets you keep on top of your credit history and any bad credit you may have. More...

Garden hose Reclaimed Water FAQ

Unlike "grey water," reclaimed water has been treated and has many uses. Is it safe for the vegetable garden? Read question #10 in this FAQ. More...

Vegetable GardenFlorida Vegetable Garden Guide

Are you using the best varieties of vegetables that grow well in Florida? Check out this listing on pages 9-11. Also includes the Orange County Warm Season/Cool Season Planting Charts. Get the Guide...

OCCG Logo So You Want to Start A Community Garden

It is a great way to bring the community together to develop friendships, healthy lifestyle habits, save money, and for those intergenerational gardens that involve both youth and adults—build lifeskills in youth. Get a copy of the "Orange County Community Gardener's Guide". More...

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