Pssst...Do You Have a Clue?

4-H and Youth DevelopmentPuzzled about what to be when you grow up? We can help you get a clue! Youth are invited to come solve the mystery of what careers interest them in this exciting new summer series!

Youth will be “hired” to work in one of the following areas: horticulture, animal science, marine science, or cooking, for a fun-filled, hands-on, interactive summer series teaching youth about career opportunities.

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The 4th Annual Run-thru-the-Ranch 5K Run/Walk


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Fire In Southern Ecosystems educator training program on June 12

On Thursday, June 12, 2014 UF/IFAS Brevard Extension will host a workshop for educators that will focus on the role of fire in the ecosystems of Florida. The Fire in Southern Ecosystems program is sponsored by the Florida Forest Service and implemented by Normandeau Associates. It is intended for teachers, scout leaders, 4-H leaders, 4-H agents, naturalists, outdoor and environmental educators, etc. Any educator, formal or non-formal, is welcome to attend. The workshop is limited to 20 participants and includes a 2-3 hour guided hike. Activities and curriculum are aligned with FCAT, Common Core and Next Generation State Standards and is not limited to the subject of science. Math, social studies and language arts activities are also included. Cost is free and registration is required. For more information contact Andy Thompson at 321-633-1702 ext. 229 and visit

Navigating Social Media Sites for Teenagers

Social media has opened up new opportunities for youth to share information. Most youth do not think about what they post on a daily basis and how that may affect them in the future. Learn some tips for youth that help maintain their professionalism at a young age so when they are ready to look for a job, social media will not come back to haunt them.

6th Annual Florida Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises Conference on August 1-2

Embrace opportunities and boost profits by attending the 6th Annual Florida Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises Conference. Join us August 1-2 in Kissimmee, Florida for farm tours, a trade show, networking opportunities, live plant and animal demonstrations, hands-on workshops, and delicious locally-grown food! Don’t miss this chance to learn more about pest management, plant breeding, post-harvest handling, funding sources, marketing, organic certification, hydroponics, specialty crops, grass-fed beef and more. You will have the opportunity to interact with other farmers and industry professionals and get all of your questions answered. For more information:

Do You Know Your Fertilizer Ordinance?

New!! Use this chart to find your city's fertilizer ordinance.

Florida Seafood at Your Fingertips

Florida Seafood at Your FingertipsJoin us on Saturday, April 19 at 10:00 a.m. and learn what types of fresh seafood are available locally, why you should buy Florida seafood, when it is available, and the health benefits of eating seafood. Tour the Wild Ocean Seafood Market facility and store and sample some of Florida's best local fresh seafood! Register now!

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Interviewing and Resume Building Tips for Teens:

Time to secure a job or scholarship, but not sure how to get it done? Join us to learn how to improve your resume and interview like a pro! Tailored towards youth ages 14-18 years old.  Cost is $1.00 payable at the door, and free to 4-H members. Register.

4-H Market Poultry Project

4-H Market Poultry ProjectJoin 4-H and be a part of the 2014 Market Poultry Project. For youth ages 5-18. Project starts in May 2014 and runs through October 2014. Youth learn how to care for a trio of chickens and sell them at the Brevard County Fair auction.

If youth cannot house chickens on their property then the UF/IFAS Brevard County Extension Office has a cooperative poultry coop available for use at the Cocoa Office and the Wickham Park Equestrian Arena.

For more information contact Vanessa Spero-Swingle, 4-H Extension Agent @ 321-633-1702 ext 231.


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Soil Testing Information

Call a Master Gardener

You can do your part to protect water quality by following a few simple steps toward making your yard Florida Friendly. For help with your lawn and landscape, call or email a Master Gardener at 321.633.1702.

Soil and Water Conservation District

The Brevard Soil and Water Conservation District assists farmers and ranchers with applying Best Management Practices to their operations.

Contact Dave Millard at 633-1702 x241 or email Dave Millard for assistance.

IFAS Resources

Brevard County Fair

Join us October 23 - November 2 for the 2014 Brevard County Fair. Show off your skills and talents by entering any of our many competitions including gardening, culinary, sewing, art, and much more! For More Info...

Brevard County Farmers Market

The Brevard County Farmers Market is open every Thursday from 3-6pm and is located at the Equestrian Center in Wickham Park. More info...

4-H Chaperone Training

4-H & Youth DevelopmentThe Florida 4-H Overnight Chaperone Certification Training was developed in 2009 and implemention started in 2010. In 2013, those certified in 2010 will need to be re-certified.