The Greenfield Notebook

UF Miami-Dade County Extension serving Ornamental Production Industry

Florida Statewide Horticulture Newsletter February 27, 2014

UF/IFAS Plant Producer Newsletter team is pleased to announced the first issue of this quarterly newsletter designed and produced by statewide Commercial Horticulture Extension agents:

Winter 2014. issue 1. Content:Winter 2014 Plant Producer Newsletter

  1. CEU Article: An IntegratedApproach to ControllingProduction PestsClick on the image to read
  2. Pest Update:  Xanthomonas on Ficus Trees
  3. Producer Highlight
  4. Research Highlights
  5. General Interest Articles
  6. Business and Tech
  7. Local Interest Article

Please Click on the image to access the first issue

Until next time,



Chill out: South Florida temperatures to plunge this week – Miami-Dade – January 15, 2014

Chill out: South Florida temperatures to plunge this week – Miami-Dade –


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

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:
  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


Vanessa Campoverde (

UF/IFAS Miami-Dade Extension Agent

Commercial Horticulture Program in Miami-Dade County




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 :

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

 Vanessa Campoverde



What do Floridians think about water issues? February 19, 2013

Although water is one of Florida’s most abundant resources, groundwater resources are being depleted by population growth, development and business and agricultural needs of the state. Residents and UF/IFAS Center for Public issues education (PIE Center) stakeholders routinely identify water as one of the most pressing issues in the state, according to PIE Center Director Tracy Irani, so water was the logical topic for launching the ambitious research series.

“Even though we are surrounded by water on all three sides, we’re finding that in this state, water is a resource to be concerned about,” Irani said. “There’s a greater and greater understanding that this resource needs to be conserved and that individual citizens have a role to play in that.”

Alexa Lamm, assistant professor of public opinion analysis in the UF/IFAS Department of Agricultural Education and Communication., developed and distributed an online survey in late 2012 to a panel of Florida residents demographically representative of the state based on 2010 Census results.

When asked to rank where water was most needed, state residents left their landscaping at the bottom of the list; 60.7 percent of surveyed citizens said having enough water for household landscaping was either highly or extremely important.

Agriculture held the highest need for plentiful water, with 88.6 percent of respondents saying it was extremely or highly important. Recreation followed at 86.1 percent and golf courses at almost 84.8 percent. Commerce and industry ranked ahead of landscaping, as did freshwater resources and cities.

“People are more concerned with recreation activities and golf courses than they are with their own personal household landscapes,” Lamm said. “Water conservation efforts have been occurring and more people are more aware that their landscape doesn’t need as much water as they once thought.”

When compared to the needs of cities, commerce and recreation, Lamm speculated that Floridians seemed to be sacrificing their gardens for the greater good of the state.

Source: UF/IFAS Center for Public Education (PIE)

If you want to read more about Public opinions of water in Florida :Click here for Water Summary

Upcoming Class on Water BMP for nurseries : UF/IFAS Extension working in Miami-Dade County is working on a very first hands on field day on irrigation for commercial growers! Early registration ends this Friday 22: Online Flyer and Registration link

Until next time,

Vanessa Campoverde