The Greenfield Notebook

UF Miami-Dade County Extension serving Ornamental Production Industry

Job in nursery/Trabajo en vivero Miami-Dade July 21, 2014

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Job Description (Trabajo) in Homestead, FL

Position Type: Part-Time in Homestead (Miami-Dade)

The applicant will assist the Nursery Owner of a 10 acre tropical fruit grove with sugar apple, mamey & sapodilla and a very small nursery of mostly rare palms. (El trabajador apoyará en un vivero de 10 acres de frutas tropicales y palmeras)

You will work from 2 to 3 days per week/8 hours per day. (3 dias por semana/8 horas por día) You will take care of propagation, weeding and general management of nursery plants. (Mantiene las plantas en buen estado sin mala hierbas y replantando cuando se necesite)

You will evaluate the irrigation, light and wind problems and report them. You will pick up fruits and place them ready to sell plants both at the Nursery.

Ayuda al dueño a recoger las frutas y las pone en cajas para venta. Assists the Nursery with facility concerns as they arise so as to maintain the nursery in good repair at all times. Apoya al dueño con problemas que observen en el cuidado del vivero.

Skills / Requirements – Requerimientos • No previous horticultural/nursery experience required. No necesita experiencia previa • Ability to follow instructions and be self-motivated. Que siga ordenes y entusiasta • Ability to work outdoors . Va a trabajar en el vivero (afuera) • Ability to work a flexible schedule. Horario flexible.

Payment: • Starts @ 8.50/hr with increases as they gain experience. Pago es $8.50 por hora a comenzar

Contact information: • Fernando at 786 521 6622.

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Water webinar series delivered to you! September 16, 2013

Would you like to attend a class about irrigation topics from the comfort of your chair?

Now, you and your peers can attend not one but several webinar on water, irrigation and agriculture. Hosted by the Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI). Crop health, agricultural water security and environmental footprint are three interconnected sustainability issues of national significance. This webinar series presents the latest research data that are crucial to address these complex issues. Specifically, this series will focus on irrigation pathogens and recycled water quality.

Webinar Schedule

Time for all webinars will be 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm Eastern Time. Meeting space for all webinars will be https://connect.extension.iastate.edu/irrigation-water/.

October 10 at noon: A path to plant biosecurity, water and environmental sustainability: SCRI project overview. For all the following webinars. Click on Schedule

Connection Instructions

To attend the Irrigation Water Webinars

  1. Open a web browser and go to: https://connect.extension.iastate.edu/irrigation-water/
  2. Select “Enter as a guest”
  3. Type in your name
  4. Dial the conference phone number: 1-888-619-1583
  5. Enter this participant code: 491981

For those who have never attended an Adobe Connect meeting before

It is recommended that prior to the webinars you run the Adobe Connect Connection Test.

This diagnostic test will ensure your computer and network connections are properly configured to provide you with the best possible Adobe Connect meeting experience. The diagnostic test checks for the following:

  • Clear connection to Adobe Connect
  • Updated Flash Player
  • Bandwidth availability
  • Latest Adobe Connect Add-in

Regards,

Vanessa Campoverde (evcampoverde@ufl.edu)

UF/IFAS Miami-Dade Extension Agent

Commercial Horticulture Program in Miami-Dade County

 

 

 

New Job available: Landscape Maintenance in Miami September 5, 2013

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Interior & Exterior Landscape Maintenance Technician Job

Description :

Join award winning 25 year old Interior-Exterior Landscape & Christmas Decorating Firm as an Interior or Exterior Landscape Maintenance Technician. Pease submit your resume, by fax or e-mail, if you have the following background and desire to have fun at work, while working for a cutting edge firm.

Primary job will be to provide interior or exterior plant maintenance services, including pest control and quality control, to various clients as well as assist on either interior or exterior landscape installations, as needed, and possibly work in landscape nursery.

Primary job will be to provide interior or exterior plant maintenance services, including pest control and quality control, to various clients as well as assist on either interior or exterior landscape installations, as needed, and possibly work in landscape nursery. Detailed Job description as follows

1. Provide detail oriented services to interior or exterior landscape material, where knowledge of pruning is required.

2. Follow threw of records to ensure daily logs completed.

3. Assist on any interior-exterior landscape installation as required.

4. Provide excellent customer service.

5. Ability to work closely with Principals & co-workers (must be a team player) to accomplish tasks at hand.

6. Other duties associated with landscape maintenance

7. Light duty @ nursery, including fertilization and pest control.

8. Possible light errands, if no one else is available. Normal Hours M-Th, 8:00-5:00. Fridays and Saturdays will be available at certain periods of the year. Part-time: Flexible schedule 2-3 days per week.

Requirements:

 1. One year of Professional Experience required working in Landscape Maintenance or degree-coursework i n Horticulture or related field.

Ability to identify plant species by name a plus.

2. Knowledge of pruning preferred.

3. Knowledge of chemical & organic pesticides/fertilizers, including rates and applications a plus.

4. Ability to work in a fast paced setting with varying tasks to complete.

5. Able to lift 40 pounds.

6. Self starter and highly organized.

7. Motivated.

8. Fluent English (bi-lingual a plus).

9. Florida Drivers License required with a good Driving Record. Ability to drive a 12,000 lb. GVW Delivery Truck a plus.

10. Major in biology, botany, horticulture, architecture or science preferred.

11. Outgoing and must enjoy exercise.

12. Strong communication skills.

13. Knowledge of green walls and green roofs a plus.

14. Passport a plus.

15. Background profile & drug test will be conducted on qualified applicants

 

Location: 1970 NW 129th Avenue; Unit # 101

Miami, FL 33182

Base Pay: $10.00-$15.00 per hr., dependent upon experience

Other Pay: Perks for outstanding performance

Employee Type: Full time and Part-time

Industry: Environmental, Hotel – Resort

Landscaping

Manages Others: No

Education: High School

Travel: Negligible

Relocation Covered: No

Contact: Debra Smeltzer. # 305-593-5256; ext. 2#

Fax: 305-593-9438

E-MAIL: debra@greensleevesinc.com

 

Strong Tree Roots in the Nursery and Landscape September 4, 2013

If you work in the Green industry, you are invited to attend the 2013 Workshop hosted by The University of Florida/IFAS Extension in Miami-Dade:

 Strong Tree Roots in the Nursery and Landscape:

Improving Tree Health and Anchorage

This program is offered every 2 years and you can’t miss it.

You will learn about root problems, anchorage, grading, inspection issues and about  trees in the nursery and landscape. There will be hands-on time with more than 25 samples to work with.

CEUS: 4 FNGLA, 2 FDACS Pesticide, 3 LIAF, ISA.

Main Speaker: UF/IFAS Dr. Ed Gilman

He has assembled a unique urban tree teaching program for helping municipalities, contractors, arborists, educators, growers, landscapers, and others design and implement programs for promoting better tree health in cities. He conducts educational programs in tree selection, nursery production, and urban tree management nation-wide for a large variety of audiences. He has published more than 96 scientific peer reviewed journal articles in his 30 years in academia and working with the industry. His research emphasizes tree pruning, nursery production, anchorage, and tree establishment. He has published more than 150 technical articles in newsletters and trade magazines and annually presents research results to colleagues at professional meetings across the US and other countries. He is the author of six books and maintains a massive web site on urban trees.

For more information open the attached flyer or hurry up and go to the Registration:  Online registration HERE

Your Miami-Dade UF/IFAS Comm. Horticulture Extension Agent

Vanessa Campoverde

 

1st annual South Florida-UF Bee workshop! July 19, 2013

Dear green thumb:

The upcoming beekeeping extension event hosted by the Honey Bee Research and Extension Laboratory at the University of Florida, will offer the 1st South Florida Bee College (SFBC) to educate anyone interested in honey bees or beekeeping about the subject.

A novice will learn new skills and a newbie can walk away knowing how to start beekeeping.

Beekeeping and the pollination services it provides support the vitally important agriculture community Florida is known for.

SFBC will be held August 16-17 at the Ft. Lauderdale Research and Education Center in Davie. We are hosting Florida’s first Spanish-language beekeeping course track and have a 22-class honey show open to all registrants.

For registration: Click here

Agenda: 2 day schedule here

Thanks

Miami-Dade Comm. Horticulture Agent

Vanessa Campoverde

 

Job post at USDA: Miami Plant Pathologist June 20, 2013

Please go to this link if you are interested in a position for the Department of Agriculture in Miami Dade County.

good luck!

Vanessa

Click here

 

Fort Lauderdale Presents: Save a Tree, Plant a Tree!!! May 9, 2013

Filed under: Education,Opportunity — Vanessa @ 6:41 pm

The City of Fort Lauderdale presents Save a Tree, Plant a Tree, an innovative program that merges environmental protection and resource savings by offering free trees to Fort Lauderdale customers who switch to a paper-free utility billing process.

Save a Tree, Plant a Tree offers many benefits, including:

1. It promotes and encourages sustainability through paper-free services that save energy and natural resources.

The City of Fort Lauderdale prints approximately 54,000 utility bills each month, which equals 108 reams of paper. It takes 6 percent of one tree to make one ream of paper and one tree makes 16.67 reams of paper. If every City of Fort Lauderdale utility billing customer received an e-bill, he or she could help save approximately 6.5 trees per month or 78 trees per year1.

2. It increases the City’s tree canopy to cool, shade, and beautify homes, neighborhoods, paths, parks, and roads.

Twenty-one percent of the City of Fort Lauderdale is canopied by trees, and the City’s goal is to increase that to 25 percent by 2018. The tree canopy is vital to the health and beauty of the City, as it has many positive impacts. Trees provide shade, which helps reduce the heat island effect, a phenomenon of urban areas being warmer than surrounding rural areas due to the amount of concrete and asphalt being heated by the sun. Trees also help reduce stormwater runoff, filter pollutants, absorb carbon dioxide and provide oxygen, conserve household energy, save water, prevent soil erosion, and create a food source and safe home for native wildlife.

Trees also give a rural feel to urban areas, create recreational opportunities, and help increase property values. They also serve as landmarks that give neighborhoods a unique identity, as well as character and charm through their diverse shapes and sizes. Visually, trees help transform areas of brown, black and white into beautiful canopies of green.

3. It is a fiscally responsible alternative that helps “green” Fort Lauderdale while reducing expenses.

The City of Fort Lauderdale has 50,9862 utility customers and just 3,052 are signed up for e-billing. If the remaining utility billing customers only signed up for e-billing, the City of Fort Lauderdale would save approximately $183,499 per year, or $15,292 per month, on paper and postage needed to send out utility bills.

GET A TREE BY GOING PAPER-FREE!

Getting a free tree is easy. Fort Lauderdale utility customers just need to sign up for automatic bill payment and/or e-billing and then pick up their tree, or two trees if signed up for both services, on the prescheduled day set for the timeframe they signed up in.

Before selecting a tree, it is very important to read the descriptions for each type of tree available to select the right one for the right place, and one that can be easily trimmed and maintained. In addition, it is equally important to know how to properly plant the new tree and where it can be planted.

TYPES OF TREES AVAILABLE

Three types of trees are available as part of the Save a Tree, Plant a Tree program, and they are native and Florida-friendly. This means the trees are adapted to Florida’s climate, are not invasive, and require minimal water, chemicals, and fertilizers.

For more information about the Save a Tree, Plant a Tree program, please call the City of Fort Lauderdale Utility Billing Office at (954) 828-5150.