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Bees, bats, and first-time homebuyers are back! UF/IFAS January classes start this week

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UF / IFAS Extension has their January selections ready to help you make a positive start to 2021. Classes range from beekeeping to diabetes prevention, succulent plant propagation to edible landscaping and more. Plus, the Apopka plant clinic re-opens to the public tomorrow, January 4.

Courses, series, dates and details

JAN 6 - Beekeeping 101: Is Beekeeping for Me? (Online)

Come learn if beekeeping is for you! In this very beginner class presented via Zoom by Orange County Extension Agent JK Yarborough, you'll learn about the important agricultural role honey bees play, how much it costs to get started, and the legality of keeping bees in your area. After this class, check out our Beekeeping 201 class!

Thursday, January 6, 2022, 6:00pm-7:30pm. FREE! Registration required at: https://bit.ly/OCBEE101. 407-254-9200

JAN 7 - Beekeeping 201: Beekeeping Basics (In-Person)

Join us to learn about the awesome hobby of beekeeping! Presented by Orange County Extension Agent JK Yarborough, you will learn about a Langstroth hive, the colonies caste system, how to acquire bees and more! True first-time beekeepers are encouraged, but not required, to attend Beekeeping 101 before this class.

Friday, January 7, 2022, 10:00am-12:00pm. $10 Fee. Registration required at: http://ocextension.eventbrite.com. 407-254-9200

JAN 8 - Beekeeping 201L: Hitting the Hive (In Person)

Orange County Extension Agent JK Yarborough is presenting a hands-on, follow up to Beekeeping 201* at the UF/IFAS Extension Seminole County in Sanford. You will learn how to light a smoker, choose the proper PPE for you, go through a routine hive inspection, do a varroa shake and more! *Completion of Beekeeping 201 is required prior to taking this class.

Saturday, January 8, 2022, 9:00am-10:30am. $15 fee. Registration required at http://ocextension.eventbrite.com. 407-254-9200

 JAN 11 - Bat House Building Workshop (Online)

This class will go over a brief review of the bats of Florida and how to build a bat house that will hopefully attract bats in your area! Presented by JK Yarborough, Orange County Extension Agent.

Tuesday, January 11, 2022, 6:30pm -7:00pm. Free! Registration required at https://forms.office.com/r/z5bahNzWxN

 JAN 11 - Succulent Plant Propagation (In-person)

This class will be a hands-on learning experience where you will learn how to propagate succulent plants. Presented by Tia Silvasy, Orange County Extension Agent. Materials cost is included in the class fee, and you will receive pots and cuttings to start your own plant collection.

Tuesday, January 11, 2022, 10:00am-11:30am. $10 fee. Registration required at http://ocextension.eventbrite.com. 407-254-9200

 JAN 12 - Diabetes Prevention Program (Online)

Take charge of your life and register for this year-long, research-based lifestyle change program for preventing diabetes. Presented virtually by Jana Anderson, Orange County Extension Agent. Both afternoon and evening class times are offered for your convenience.

Wednesday, January 12, 2022, 1pm-2pm

Wednesday, January 12, 2022, 6pm-7pm

Free! Registration required at http://ocextension.eventbrite.com. 407-254-9200

JAN 18 - SPANISH - First Time Homebuyer Workshop (Online)

Learn the steps to home ownership and how to obtain an affordable mortgage in this online class offered via Zoom in SPANISH by a team of UF/IFAS Extension Agents, including Orange County Extension Agent Jenny Rodriguez. The homebuyer workshop meets the education requirements for down payment assistance programs.

Tuesday, January 18, 2022, 8:30am-5:00pm. $10 fee. Registration required at http://ocextension.eventbrite.com. 407-254-9200

JAN 18 - Florida-Friendly Edible Landscaping (Online)

Grow fruits, vegetables and herbs in a Florida-Friendly way! Presented by Orange County Extension Agent Tia Silvasy, this webinar is for gardeners interested in expanding their own edible landscapes in an affordable, sustainable way.

Tuesday, January 18, 2022, 2:00pm-3:00pm. FREE! Registration required at https://bit.ly/OCchickenclass 407-254-9200

 JAN 19 - Backyard Chicken Class (Online)

Keeping chickens and producing your own eggs in suburban and urban settings has become a popular hobby! Hens in a coop can be a fun and practical addition to your home garden. Learn how to get started and be successful in this program presented via Zoom by Orange County Extension Agent JK Yarborough.

Wednesday, January 19, 2022, 10:00am-12:00pm. FREE! Registration required at https://bit.ly/OCchickenclass 407-254-9200

JAN 24 & 25 - First Time Homebuyer Workshop Sessions 1 & 2 (Online)

Learn the steps to home ownership and how to obtain an affordable mortgage in this online class offered via Zoom by a team of UF/IFAS Extension Agents, including Orange County Extension Agent Jenny Rodriguez. The homebuyer workshop meets the education requirements for down payment assistance programs.

Monday, January 24, 2022, 5:00pm-9:00pm.

Tuesday, January 25, 2022, 5:00pm-9:00pm.

$10 fee for both sessions. Registration required at http://ocextension.eventbrite.com. 407-254-9200

JAN 25 - Guided Garden Tour: In-person Event

Come for a guided tour of our Exploration Gardens at the Orange County Extension Center. See unique plants in our 12 themed gardens and get ideas for your landscape. You will learn about Florida-Friendly Landscaping principles, smart irrigation, vegetable gardening, and flower species to attract bees, butterflies, and beneficial insects.

Tuesday, January 25, 2022, 10:00am-11:30am. $10 fee. Registration required at http://ocextension.eventbrite.com. 407-254-9200

Plant clinic in Apopka reopens

The plant clinic at the UF/IFAS Mid-Florida Research and Education Center will reopen to residents and resume taking horticultural business clientele on a walk-in basis starting January 4, 2022. The address is 2725 S. Binion Road, Apopka, FL 32703.

The residents’ plant clinic, which is staffed by volunteer Master Gardeners, will reopen to Central Florida residents with plant questions. The plant clinic will be open to walk-in appointments every Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m..

The plant clinic will also reopen to horticultural business clientele on a walk-in basis. Over the last year, commercial customers had been asked to make appointments, but they will no longer be necessary. The plant clinic will be open to business customers every Tuesday afternoon from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m..

University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension (Orange County - UF/IFAS Extension) outreach is a partnership between state, federal, and county governments to provide scientific knowledge and expertise to the public. The University of Florida (UF), together with Florida A&M University (FAMU), administers the Florida Cooperative Extension Service. The Apopka UF/IFAS Mid-Florida Research & Education Center is located at 2725 S Binion Rd, Apopka, FL 32703.

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