The committee is open to any faculty, staff or student, so if you know anyone who wishes to work with us, please invite them. If you would like to be added to the Sustainable Santa Fe distribution list, please contact Barbara Little-Harsh Chair, Sustainable Santa Fe.
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Adjunct History Professor Tom Berson is looking for faculty interested in developing and delivering course modules for the IFAS – Florida Master Naturalist Program which will be offering a new course based out of Santa Fe College in the fall. Tom was certified this year as a lead instructor for the program in Alachua County and hopes to draw upon the expertise of his colleagues and larger community to create a collaborative program that maximizes the experience for students and showcases the faculty, facilities and resources of SF.
The adult education program is aimed at promoting awareness, understanding and respect of Florida’s natural world among Florida’s citizens and visitors. It is divided into three core modules based on distinct Florida eco-systems: Coastal, Freshwater, and Upland Habitats. A comprehensive array of course material is provided by IFAS, but instructors are also given wide latitude to customize the curricula for their respective audiences. The modules generally require about 40 contact hours, usually over six full-day classes, including field trips, videos and oral instruction. In addition, shorter “special topics” modules are available in the areas of Environmental Interpretation, Conservation Science, Wildlife Monitoring, and Habitat Evaluation. As modules are scheduled and developed, it is hoped that participating faculty will contribute several hours of preparatory time and at least one to two hours of classroom/field trip time during the actual delivery of the course.
Please contact Tom Berson if you are interested in collaborating on this new program.
The Master Gardener Plant Sale will have a variety of herbs, annuals, perennials, natives, trees and more will be available at exceptional prices. Master Gardener volunteers will be on site for advice on selection and care of your plants. This annual plant sale is a fundraiser for the Alachua County Master Gardener Volunteer Program.
The Ag Fest will be providing information on the following: beekeeping, small farm goat management, growing mushrooms, raised bed gardening, free soil pH testing and much more. Also presentations are scheduled on the following topics: Growing Fruit in Alachua County, Bee Pollinators & Pesticides and Cooking Matters. Come and learn more about locally grown food, producing and growing food.
Admission and parking are free. For more information about this program call (352)955-2402. Visit http://alachua.ifas.ufl.edu/calendar.shtml for additional programs offered by the Extension Office.
Join us to discuss the current topics and projects on-going at Santa Fe.
Next Sustainable Santa Fe Committee Meeting
Earth Day Luncheon in honor of Marjorie Carr
Wednesday, April 22nd
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Kanapaha Botanical Gardens
Keynote speaker: Peggy McDonald, author of “Marjorie Harris Carr: Defender of Florida’s environment”
Marjorie Carr was a member of many local environmental groups and a founder of FDE. She helped to get Payne’s Prairie set aside as a state park and was a fierce advocate for the Ocklawaha River. For 35 years, she led a coalition of citizen activists in the campaign to protect and restore the river that was successful in having the Army Corps of Engineers Cross Barge Canal project cancelled.
This luncheon is hosted by The Cultural Arts Coalition, Sierra Club, Association of Women in Science, Florida Defenders of the Environment, and Alachua Audubon Society
Tickets: $30, contact Nkwanda Jah at 352-372-0216 or visitwww.culturalartscoalition.org
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