Vol 124 (2011): Proceedings of the Florida State Horticultural Society
Ornamental, Garden & Landscape

Reinforcing Green Industry Best Management Practices through an Interactive Landscape Field Day

Edward Skvarch
University of Florida, IFAS, St. Lucie County Extension Service, Ft. Pierce, FL 34945
Daniel Culbert
University of Florida, IFAS, Okeechobee County Extension Service, Okeechobee, FL 34972
Christine Kelly-Begazo
University of Florida, IFAS, Indian River Extension Service, Vero Beach, FL 32960
Henry Mayer
University of Florida, IFAS, Miami–Dade County Extension Service, Homestead, FL 33030
William Schall
University of Florida, IFAS, Palm Beach County Extension Service, Palm Beach, FL
Published December 1, 2011
Keywords
  • best management practices,
  • hands-on learning,
  • integrated pest management

Abstract

The Green Industry Best Management Practices program is a University of Florida/IFAS educational approach that provides classroom training to the commercial landscape industry. The 6-hour course consists of five modules that educate landscape workers on how to conserve and protect water resources by integrating Green Industry Best Management Practice concepts into their daily working routines. To complement the classroom teaching, University of Florida/IFAS Extension educators offered a separate landscape training field day. The field day is sponsored once a year in January and consists of four “education stations” designed to transfer classroom theory into real world learning experiences
by providing hands-on training.