The Greenfield Notebook

UF Miami-Dade County Extension serving Ornamental Production Industry

Agricultural job available ! June 29, 2012

Are you looking for a job on agriculture in the sunny Florida state? Here is an option to consider! Good luck!

Position: Farm Manager at research station from Harris Moran Seed Company

Location: Immokalee, FL.


The Research Station Farm Manager is responsible for all aspects of growing vegetables (tomato, pepper, cucumber, squash, cantaloupe, watermelon, sweet corn, and beans) in 1-3 acre field plots on drip irrigation.  The Farm Manager is also expected to oversee routine maintenance and repair of farm equipment and irrigation systems, and to assist with greenhouse vegetable production. 

The successful applicant must desire to work within a team environment producing vegetables that meet the expectations and standards of breeding and research groups.

They offer an excellent benefits package; salary commensurate with experience.

Send resume and salary history to:


Harris Moran Seed Company

P.O. Box 4938. Modesto, CA 95352

Attn: human Resources or email to

 Equal Opportunity Employer / Drug-Free Workplace



Summer travels are fun!!! Just don’t pack a PEST June 19, 2012

Did you make your reservations? Did you pack your gadgets, batteries and extra clothing just in case? Good! Now remember: do not pack a PEST on your way back!!! An invasive pest is an organism that is introduced into an area and becomes a pest in the new environment. Does not occur naturally in a specific area and therefore may not have any natural enemies. They cause economic (including agricultural) , environmental or human health harm.
Invasive pests spread by:

  • Commercial shipments of plants, food and other materials
  • By “hitch-hiking” on vehicles, fruits, plants, seeds or animals when travelers enter the U.S. or any state
  • When travelers bring prohibited fruits, plants, seeds or animals back from other states or countries.

Watch this video:

Top Invasive Pest Threats in the U.S.


For more information go to: Don’t pack a pest


Marvelous Mangos !!! June 12, 2012

Yup! if you are a fan of this tropical fruit. Come and join UF-Miami Dade Extension friends at USDA Chapman Field Community Day and taste different varieties of mangos grown at this USDA research facility.

You can choose one of two new flowering trees which are available for free (limited supplies). Also see how agricultural research and experiments are done during lab tours, and take an air-conditioned bus tour of the experimental groves and extensive plant collections.

Plant sales, food vendors, and educational booths will be available to you!

We will also have a UF Master Gardener plant clinic to have your plant/insect questions.

This open house is FREE and open to the public!

When:   Saturday, June 23, 10 am – 3 pm (The Friends of Chapman Field, a local support group, will have its annual meeting at 9 am, open to the public)

Where:   USDA-ARS, 13601 Old Cutler Rd, Miami.

Website:   USDA Chapman Field


UF-MREC Research Update and Field Day June 7, 2012

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The UF Mid Florida Research and Education Center located at Apopka or UF-MREC, hosted the 2012 Research Update and Field Day on May 23rd UF  invited speakers, research and field tours, poster for current investigations were presented to growers, industry suppliers, UF state specialists, Master Gardeners and UF Extension agents among Florida.

This event hosted about 245 people and they participated on several activities.Your Miami-Dade commercial horticulture agent presented a research poster on “Molecular improvement of orchid virus detection” in collaboration with Dr. Aaron Palmateer from UF- TREC. Soon to be available for free downloads.

If you want to enjoy some moments of this educational experience, please click: MREC pictures