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Letter from the Director
By Teresa Olczyk, County Extension Director
Letter from the Director
Volunteer and Become a Master Gardener
Dear Friends of Extension,
Hurricane Disaster Preparedness
This is the time of the year when I have an
opportunity to inform you about UF/IFAS Extension
educational programs in Miami-Dade County. When you work at Extension, there is no summer break. Our outstanding Extension staff members and
Conservation Unit team are conducting several
volunteers are extremely busy developing and
urban irrigation assessments and water
conducting workshops, classes, field visits, and
conservation educational programs per week.
programs for children and businesses, as well as
providing farmers with research based, unbiased
information and helping our clients with daily life
get ready for this year’s hurricane season while our Expended Food and Nutrition Education
Summertime Agent Activity
Program and Family Nutrition Program staff members are working year round with low
The 4-H Youth Development Program Extension
income families and children helping them make
Agents, along with support from other agents,
right food choices and to include more fruits
have begun conducting their summer programs
and vegetables in their daily diet. These two
for kids: day camps and fishing clinics in
programs are totally funded with USDA grant
several locations throughout the county.
funding administered through the University
Hundreds of children and young adults will
Florida with no county funding included.
participate in these programs, where they will
have an opportunity to not only learn, but also have fun.
Our Commercial Agriculture and Horticulture
Extension Agents are preparing and conducting classes and trainings for our agricultural and
horticultural producers, as well as the MiamiDade County landscape industry.
Our Sea Grant Agent will soon launch a new
Biscayne Bay Water Quality Monitoring Program using Citizen Scientists volunteers to collect water samples.
The Extension Family Consumer Science Agent is conducting timely programs helping residents
challenges such as proper eating and nutrition.
The Florida Yards and Neighborhoods and Urban
The Homeowner Horticulture Program staff
members and Master Gardener volunteers seem
to be even busier now than any other time of the year as plants burst forth due to the much needed summer rain. During the summer
months, they field hundreds of requests from residents for plant, weed, and pest
identification, and answer countless questions
from new and old county residents on a variety of horticultural topics. A single question can
sometimes take several hours of research to find the correct, research-based answer.
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from over 40 countries (and counting), my 20
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years of employment with the Cooperative
The Extension office receives requests throughout the year from internatio