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Wild and Healthy: UF/IFAS rolls out October courses for Apopka

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UF / IFAS Extension has a fall lineup of classes for the community ranging from wildflowers to meditation, native trees to healthy cooking and more. These October courses are designed with Apopka and Orange County residents in mind. If you don't find something to your liking right away, keep scrolling down - it's sure to be on the list.

Courses, Series, Dates and Details

Basics of Plant Identification (Online): Oct. 4

Learn the basic concepts of plant anatomy and keying so you’ll be a little less lost in the woods during your next botanical adventure. Presented via Zoom by John Roberts, Orange County Extension Agent.

Monday, October 4, 3:00pm - 4:00pm. $5.00. Registration required at http://ocextension.eventbrite.com 407-254-9200

Wildflower Seed Planting Workshop: In-person event: Oct. 5

Come to our demonstration gardens for this hands-on workshop presented by Tia Silvasy, Orange County Extension Agent, on how to plant seeds and select the best species of wildflowers for your backyard. Participants who attend will receive a pack of seeds that includes native and nonnative wildflowers for Central Florida.

Tuesday, October 5, 10:00am - 11:00am. $10.00. Registration required at http://ocextension.eventbrite.com 407-254-9200

Healthy for Life: Cooking Skills Series -Snack Smarter (Online): Oct. 6

Join us to learn about better healthy snacks and helpful habits such as mindful eating!

Presented via Zoom by Vigi Zabala, Orange County Extension Agent, this class will increase your kitchen skills, nutrition know-how, and encourage you to adopt healthier habits.

Wednesday, October 6, 2021, 11:00am - 12:00pm. Suggested donation $5.00. Registration required at http://ocextension.eventbrite.com 407-254-9200

Wildflower Seed Planting Workshop (Online): Oct. 7

Join our virtual workshop presented by Tia Silvasy, Orange County Extension Agent, to learn how to plant seeds and select the best species of wildflowers for your backyard. Participants who complete the survey will receive a pack of seeds that includes native and nonnative wildflowers for Central Florida.

Thursday, October 7, 10:00am - 11:00am. Free! Registration required at http://ocextension.eventbrite.com 407-254-9200

SPANISH - First Time Homebuyer Workshop 10/7 & 10/8 Sessions 1 & 2 (Online): Oct. 7 & 8

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.

Thursday, October 7, 2021, 9:00am-1:00pm.

Friday, October 8, 2021, 9:00am-1:00pm.

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

Native Trees of Central Florida (Online): Oct. 8

Learn about using native trees to support biodiversity in your landscape in this virtual presentation using Zoom by John Roberts, Orange County Extension Agent.

Friday, October 8, 2021, 1:30pm - 3:00pm. $5 fee. Registration required at http://ocextension.eventbrite.com. 407-254-9200

Guided Garden Tour: In-person Event: Oct. 12

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, October 12, 2021, 10:00am-11:30am. $10 fee. Registration required at http://ocextension.eventbrite.com. 407-254-9200

Healthy For Life: Cooking Skills Series - Double-Duty Meals (Online): Oct. 13

Learn how to prepare meals that you can cook once and eat twice to save time & energy.

Presented via Zoom by Vigi Zabala, Orange County Extension Agent, this class will increase your kitchen skills, nutrition know-how, and encourage you to adopt healthier habits

Wednesday, October 13, 2021, 11:00am - 12:00pm. Suggested donation $5.00. Registration required at http://ocextension.eventbrite.com. 407-254-9200

Beekeeping 101 (Online): Oct. 14

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, October 14, 2021, 6:00pm-7:30pm. FREE! Registration required at: https://bit.ly/OCBEE101. 407-254-9200

Beekeeping 201 (Online): Oct. 15

Come learn about the awesome hobby of beekeeping! Presented via Zoom 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, October 15, 2021, 10:00am-12:00pm. FREE! Registration required at: https://bit.ly/OCBEE201. 407-254-9200

Beekeeping 201L (In Person): Oct. 16

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, October 16, 2021, 9:00am-10:30am. $15 fee. Registration required at http://ocextension.eventbrite.com. 407-254-9200

Backyard Chicken Class (Online): Oct. 20

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, October 20, 2021, 10:00am - 12:00pm. FREE! Registration required at https://bit.ly/OCchickenclass 407-254-9200

Feed Your Potential (Online): Oct. 20

Learn about the connection between eating well and feeling great in this program presented via Zoom by Vigi Zabala, Orange County Extension Agent. Get inspired to make healthy eating a part of your everyday life!

Wednesday, October 20, 2021, 11:00am-12:00pm. Suggested donation $5.00. Registration required at http://ocextension.eventbrite.com. 407-254-9200

First Time Homebuyer Workshop 10/21 & 10/28 Sessions 1 & 2 (Online): Oct. 21 & 28

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.

Thursday, October 21, 2021, 5:00pm-9:00pm.

Thursday, October 28, 2021, 5:00pm-9:00pm.

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

Meditation to Boost Your Well-Being (Online): Oct. 27

Curious about the benefits of meditation or how to get started? Join us to learn how practicing meditation or mindfulness may help you manage stress and high blood pressure. Program will be presented via Zoom by Vigi Zabala, Orange County Extension Agent.

Wednesday, October 27, 2021, 11:00am - 12:00pm. Suggested donation $5.00. Registration required at http://ocextension.eventbrite.com. 407-254-9200

 

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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