Agriculture / Natural Resources / Commercial Horticulture
Alternative agricultural production methods successfully adopted by small farmers and Master Gardeners throughout Florida are demonstrated at the UF/IFAS Extension Orange County Exploration Gardens. Local adoption of practices are on-going, generating economic development of local food production and local economies. Estimated revenues from new local operations in the 2013-2014 growing season were near $750,000 dollars. University of Florida economists say that every dollar spent on locally produced food generates $2.40 of economic value to the local economy as workers’ paychecks are used to buy other local products and farmers purchase new material to grow the next crop, which also generates more dollars circulating through the local economy. Supporting local agriculture, whether traditional or urban agriculture, makes good economic sense for Orange County. The Commercial Horticulture Programs include best management practices and topics such as integrated pest management, fertilizer management, pesticide application, pest identification, new cultivars and production techniques, marketing and new technologies and water conservation.
Year-round educational programs in the areas of Livestock Production, Farm Management, Agriculture Policy, Natural Resources Education, and Forage Production Management are addressed throughout the year. Issues affecting large and small farms as well as issues coming from the rural/urban interface are also addressed.
Provides Extension education for the Landscape Management Program that includes best management practices and topics such as integrated pest management, fertilizer management, pesticide application, pest identification and water conservation. Pesticide Applicator Certification helps program participants obtain and maintain their pesticide licenses and includes exam preparation,administration and license retention.
Provides Extension educational programs for commercial production horticulture in Orange County. The topics covered in this area include Best Management Practices (BMPs), encompassing the most efficient use of water and fertilizer, integrated pest management (IPM), new cultivars and production techniques, marketing and new technologies. For more information, contact Dr. Liz Felter at (407) 410-6961.