The Greenfield Notebook

UF Miami-Dade County Extension serving Ornamental Production Industry

UF/IFAS Farm Labor Supervisor Training Program–Homestead September 5, 2013

Morning Sessions:

  • Wage & Hour: Minimum wage, hours worked, wage summary, working conditions
  • Discrimination/Sexual Harassment (EEOC): EEO case studies, child labor, human trafficking

Afternoon Sessions:

  • Worker Safety
  • Safe Driving: Vehicle inspections, driver preparation, defensive driving

WHO:   Supervisors of farm workers including field supervisors, Labor Contractors, crew leaders, growers, bus and van drivers, office staff including payroll and HR

LANGUAGE: English and Spanish: Please select which option when registering online: Online Registration

FEE: $ 80.00 includes lunch

Help protect your company from costly mistakes!!!

Limit your potential liabilities that may result from unknowing non-compliance.

Show your buyers and employers you know the regulations.

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

Vanessa Campoverde

 

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

 

Do you want to attend for FREE the 5th Annual Small Farms Conference? March 6, 2013

Do you want get paid to attend the 5th Annual Florida Small Farms Conference in Kissimmee (August 2-4)? Keep reading…

Invitation to be a speaker to other growers at the Small Farms Conference 2013.

If you grow Ginger in South Florida and would like to share your thoughts and experience with other growers at the Small Farms Conference. We invite you to participate with the University of Florida Small Farms Team.  University of Florida Extension will waive the Registration fee for your participation (save up to $230) and you can enjoy 2 days, from August 2nd to 4th of a very exciting conference where you can meet and network with other small farm growers and enjoy from UF/IFAS research workshops and tours. And don’t let me start with the complimentary food provided by local farms. Your talk will be on August 3rd with a length of 20 minutes. No Power Point is required unless you want to of course!

It will only require 20 minutes of your time and you can get up-to-date, research-based, in-depth educational information. This conference aims to facilitate solutions-based collaboration by encouraging networking and an open dialog among members of Florida’s small farms community.

Small farms 2013

Small Farms Conference

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to be at the 5th Annual Florida Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises Conference

Remember just one ginger grower will be chosen, that can be YOU!

Please contact ASAP:

Matthew C. Lollar : mlollar@seminolecountyfl.gov

Commercial Horticulture Extension Agent
University of Florida/IFAS Extension, Seminole County
Phone: 407-665-5554
Fax: 407-665-5563

 Vanessa Campoverde

 

 

New Job opportunity in Miami-Dade County December 10, 2012

Do you want to work with the University of Florida (UF)  in South Florida? Do you know anyone who is perfect for this position?

Please read the job description to this very interesting position here in the beautiful Miami!

Tropical Fruit Crops Extension Agent

UF/IFAS Extension at Miami-Dade County

Homestead, FL (South Extension District)

Application deadline: 5 January 2013

Apply through the online UF application system at  Online application
Please complete an online application and attach your Resume or CV, as well as a cover letter that describes how your experience and qualifications have prepared you for this position.
You must apply online no later than 11:00 PM on the position closing date.

Good luck!

Vanessa Campoverde

 

 

SARE Producer Grants available! September 5, 2012

Attention: You must follow the rules and instructions found in the Call for Proposals

The Southern Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Program recognizes the value and importance of on the farm, producer experience in developing solutions to agricultural production challenges

Who can apply?           Any producer or producer organization in the Southern region

What activities are eligible?On the farm research and marketing projects that promote sustainable agriculture

How much will the grants fund?Up to $10,000 for an individual producer or $15,000 for a producer organization.

Successful proposals include:

  • Cooperators.  They can be other farmers, researchers, Extension agents or specialists, governmental or nongovernmental organizations.
  • An outreach plan for providing other producers, researchers, and Extension personnel with an opportunity to learn from project results. Outreach plans may include workshops, field days, fact sheets, or brochures.
  • Clear goals.  Clear and simple goals help ensure a successful project.

Ready to apply?

When you are ready to apply for a Producer Grant, download the Call for Proposals and carefully follow the instructions.

PROPOSAL REQUIREMENTS

1. A farmer or rancher or farmer/rancher organization may submit only ONE proposal to the S-SARE Producer Grant program in any grant year. If you have several good ideas, pick the best one and develop it into a great Producer Grant proposal.

2. Successful projects MUST include project cooperators. They can be other farmers, researchers, extension agents, governmental or non-governmental organizations or others who cooperate in project planning, data collection and outreach of results.

3. All projects MUST have an outreach plan for providing other producers, researchers and extension personnel with an opportunity to learn from project results. The outreach plan is very important; sustainable agriculture will only be promoted if other growers learn what you are doing. Outreach may be accomplished through workshops, field days, fact sheets, brochures or other outreach activities.

4. Projects may be funded up to TWO years for a maximum of $10,000 for an individual producer or $15,000 for a producer organization.

5.  You can submit your proposal only on the Southern SARE Proposal Submission System.  Full instructions are found in the Call for Proposals.

Southern SARE administers several grant opportunities. The Producer Grants call for proposals is released each fall.

Go to http://www.southernsare.org/Grants/Types-of-Grants/Producer-Grants

Good luck with your grant and remember to contact your local UF-Extension agent in the county you are presenting the grant proposal!!!

Your favorite Extension agent!

Vanessa Campoverde

 

Whitefly sampling and new UF website! August 14, 2012

We had an amazing program on August 7, thanks to the participation of over 70 Miami-Dade growers, pest control supervisors, Extension specialists and chemical industry representatives together at UF-Extension Auditorium in Homestead, Miami area.
UF Extension Whitefly program

UF entomologists: Drs. Mannion and Osborne gave talks on Identification of the current whiteflies species affecting Miami ornamental plants; chemical management; resistance due to wrong identification and alternative management control using natural enemies like biological agents.

Your Miami-Dade UF Extension agent: (me) taught growers and pest management supervisors about key points for a successful identification of the whitefly they want to control.

Also your UF-Extension Agent taught about how to sample for whiteflies and how to use the new and FREE University of Florida Extension Whitefly website! With tools for educators, professionals and homeowners! Click here

Visit: UF-Miami Dade Extension website calendar or contact me at evcampoverde@ufl.edu for more educational classes for your institution.

See you in our next event: Farm Labor Safety! in English and Español! September 11.

 

Opportunity to advertise your plant nursery!!! July 17, 2012

This is another great opportunity for your business to be seen in a big event in South Florida.

The event is Jamaica’s 50th Independence Anniversary event and is promoted by the Caribbean Music Festival. You can donate 1 or more plants to be part of their event decorations.

What:             Jamaica’s 50th Independence Anniversary

When:            Saturday July 28th, 2012

Where:        Hyatt Regency-Bonaventure in Weston FL.

The ball room holds approximately 500 to 700 people with tall ceiling and is requesting plants in sizes and height appropriate for decoration.

The organizers also will add the name of your Nursery/company to the event’s printed flyer and they will take care of the transportation. So if you want to be part of this great event, please let me know! I will coordinate your information with the organizers or contact them directly.

The coordinator contact is:

Mrs. Elgeta Thompson-Martin

Phone: (954)681-1091.

If you want your name on the program, I strongly suggest giving her a call asap!

Email: If you rather want to contact me, email me to evcampoverde@ufl.edu or phone call: (305) 248-3311 EXT 241.

Regards,