The Greenfield Notebook

UF Miami-Dade County Extension serving Ornamental Production Industry

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 :

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

 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 for more educational classes for your institution.

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


Plant Disease Management Workshop! May 29, 2012

Plant diseases  (mainly fungal and bacterial ones) are not something new to  nurseries, urban landscapes and home gardens in South Florida

You need to know what is attacking your crop to get the right pesticide.

On June 26th BASF and UF-Extension Program are conducting an incredible workshop series on plant diseases and their management. In South Florida, this workshop will be hosted at University of Florida Extension Auditorium in Homestead area (18710 S.W. 288 Street. Homestead, FL 33030)


  • Dr. Anne Chase, Emeritus professor, from UF/IFAS MREC
  • Dr. Aaron Palmateer, from UF/IFAS TREC

Registration is by mail, fax or online website!

This event is fully sponsored by BASF Company, but we still need you to pre-register for pesticides CEU and lunch logistics purposes.

What:    Plant Disease Management

When:   June 26th from 8 am to 1 pm

Where: University of Florida Extension Auditorium in Homestead area (18710 S.W. 288 Street. Homestead, FL 33030)

Cost: FREE

  1. Online registration:
  2.  Mail registration: Mail registration form (flyer) to 18710 S.W. 288 Street. Homestead, FL 33030) Plant disease & Nursery program.
  3.  Fax registration: To (305)246-2932 with flyer.

Click Flyer  to download the flyer with the agenda included.

 Vanessa Campoverde