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Summer 2015

UF/IFAS Miami-Dade County Extension, 18710 SW 288th Street, Homestead, FL 33030-2309 http://miami-dade.ifas.ufl.edu 305-248-3311


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


Millipede Migrations


What’s New


Contact Us


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

The Global Reach of Extension

years of employment with the Cooperative

The Extension office receives requests throughout the year from internatio