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Meet the Speakers for 2017 Great American Home and Garden Expo!

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UF/IFAS Master Gardener Steve Bates Presenting:

UF/IFAS Master Gardener Steve Bates

Propagation of Herbaceous and Woody Plants
Friday 3-4:50 p.m. and Saturday 3-4:50 p.m.

Steve has served as a Master Gardener for the past 19 years with the University of Florida Extension Service. In 1995 he completed a 2-year certification program at Washington/Holmes Vocational Center in “Nursery/Greenhouse Operations.” Steve also holds certification with the Florida Nursery Growers and Landscape Association as a “Horticultural Professional.” He is currently working on his certification as a Florida Master Naturalist.

As a Master Gardener volunteer, Steve can be found at the Master Gardener Help Desk at the Extension Office every Wednesday morning answering phone calls and serving walk-in clients dealing with all kinds of gardening issues and problems.  Steve leads the Plant Clinics- our mobile “Ask a Master Gardener” help desk at home and garden stores in Bay County.

In 2004, Steve received the State of Florida “Master Gardener of the Year” award from the University of Florida.  In 2006, he received for Bay County the “Communications” award from the University of Florida. In 2015, Steve received a Bay County Master Gardener “Special Recognition” award for his efforts in the “Ask a Master Gardener” program.

Following High School graduation in 1957 in California, Steve entered the electrical industry serving 5 years before entering the US Air Force in January 1962.  He completed 30 years of service in the Civil Engineering Electrical field retiring in April 1992 with the rank of Chief Master Sergeant.

 

UF/IFAS Center Extension Director, Dr. Marjorie Moore

UF/IFAS Extension Faculty Marjorie Moore, Ph.D. Presenting:

Understanding Florida’s Cottage Foods Law

Have you been told by family members or friends that you should sell your cookies, cakes or canned fruits and vegetables because they are so delicious? Before you venture into this endeavor, there is something you should know about selling these and other foods. In 2011, the Florida legislature enacted House Bill 7209 allowing individuals to prepare and sell certain foods called “cottage foods”. Attend this session to learn more about this law so you will be in compliance.

Friday 1:30 – 2:20 p.m.

Dr. Moore has been with the University of Florida/IFAS Extension for over 30 years. She received her doctoral degree from The Ohio State University in Agricultural Education with minors in Administration and Research. She began her career with Extension in Escambia County, FL. Dr. Moore is the County Extension Director and Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) Agent in Bay County. Her FCS responsibilities are in the areas of Nutrition and Health, Food Safety, Food Preservation, and Financial Resource Management.

Some educational programs she teaches include: Keeping the Pressure Down (Hypertension), Alternative Seasonings (Using Herbs in Cooking), Meal Planning, Nutrition with emphasis on MyPlate, Developing a Spending Plan (Budgeting), ServSafe® Food Safety Managers Certification, SafeStaff® Food Handlers, and Food Preservation (Canning, Drying and Freezing Foods). Dr. Moore has her certification to teach managers and other food handlers food safety. Also, she is certified to proctor the managers’ exams.

Dr. Moore has provided service on several university governance committees including UF/IFAS Tenure, Promotion and Permanent Status Committee; UF Faculty Senate; UF/IFAS Focus Teams; UF/IFAS Department of Family, Youth, and Community Sciences Search and Screen Committee; and UF/IFAS Associate Dean for Extension Search and Screen Committee.

Dr. Moore is actively involved in her professional associations where she has served as president, past-president, secretary, analyst, treasurer, and chaplain of the Alpha Delta Chapter Epsilon Sigma Phi (an Extension fraternity); and, held offices and served on committees in the Florida Association for Extension Family and Consumer Sciences. She has received numerous honors and awards from her profession. Two highest awards were Distinguish Service from National Epsilon Sigma Phi and National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. She is a graduate of Leadership Pensacola and Leadership Bay.

UF/IFAS Master Gardener Detlef VanderMeer

UF/IFAS Master Gardener Detlef VanderMeer

UF/IFAS Master Gardener Detlef VanderMeer Presenting:

Large Vegetable Gardening
Saturday 9:30 – 10:20 a.m.

Master Gardener Detlef VanderMeer joined the Bay County Master Gardeners in 2009. He was the Master Gardener President in 2013 and 2014.  As a Master Gardener volunteer, Detlef mans the Master Gardener Help Desk at the Extension Office every Friday, fielding phone calls and walk-ins on various gardening issues and problems.

Detlef has gardened in the Panhandle since 1990 and lives in Fountain on a 30 acre farm with his wife Julie, 4 horses (wife’s) 14 chickens, 5 rabbits, 3 goats, 6 dogs and two cats. Detlef’s passion is vegetable gardening and he has approximately 2000 sq. ft. of gardening space, and also doeDetlef2s some container gardening and grows fruit trees. He gardens year round; in the spring and summer the crops grown are tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, cucumbers, squash, zucchini, lettuce, radish, onions, and potatoes, and an asparagus patch that comes on in the early spring. Fall and winter crops are cabbage, broccoli, radish, collards, and lettuce.

Detlef was born in Germany and lived in Holland, where his Father was a horticulturist in the cut flower industry, roses, carnations and many more.  The gardening bug is in his DNA. His family immigrated to the United States in the mid 1950’s and lived in the Northeast US for several years until moving to Florida. Detlef joined the U.S. Air Force in 1965 and served for 25 years, upon retirement from Active Duty he became the Contract Testing Administrator at the Tyndall AFB Education Center and served in that capacity for 17 years until retiring for good in 2007.

UF/IFAS Master Gardener John Green

UF/IFAS Master Gardener John Green Presenting:

Answering Your Toughest Lawn Questions with Julie McConnell and Janet Psikogios

Saturday 10:30 – 11:20 a.m.

John was the Bay County Master Gardener President for 2015 and 2016.  John has been a Master Gardener for 6 years.  He received his certification as a Florida Master Naturalist in 2016.

He retired from the Air Force after 22 years of service.  John was a commander for recruiting squadron, medic
al units, and was an enlisted Security Policeman. His father was in the greenhouse business and John grew up working in greenhouses and gardening.

 UF/IFAS Extension Faculty Julie McConnell Presenting:

Answering Your Toughest Lawn Questions with John Green and Janet Psikogios

Saturday 10:30 – 11:20 a.m.

UF/IFAS Horticulture Extension Agent Julie McConnell

UF/IFAS Horticulture Extension Agent Julie McConnell

Julie has been the Horticulture Extension Agent in Bay County since 2012. In this role she offers educational programs for homeowners, volunteers, and landscape professionals.

Prior work history includes the nursery industry in Atlanta, public safety communications, and the U.S. Army Reserves. Julie has a Bachelor of Science in Horticulture from Auburn University and is currently working on Masters of Science in Entomology from the University of Florida.

Julie moved to Bay County from Bethlehem, Georgia, with her husband Bill and daughter Melanie four years ago. Some of Julie’s favorite plants to grow are herbs, vegetables, and flowering shrubs and perennials. She is also working on a viburnum collection and likes to try plants that are not widely grown in this area.

 

 

 

UF/IFAS Master Gardener Janet Psikogios

UF/IFAS Master Gardener Janet Psikogios Presenting:

Answering Your Toughest Lawn Questions with John Green and Julie McConnell

Saturday 10:30 – 11:20 a.m.

Janet has been a Master Gardener (MG) for 21 years, 19 in Bay County and previously, two in Nebraska. She is also a Green Industries Best Management Practices instructor and has instructed Florida Master Naturalist classes. She is the chair of the MG Youth Gardening Committee. Gardening and environmental topics are used to teach life skills to 4-H and other youth. Over 300 Bay County youth have been certified as Junior Master Gardeners. Through the many gardening projects, youth are learning responsibility, developing improved communication skills, increasing self-confidence, enhancing creativity, and are learning to become environmental stewards.

Janet was part of MG teams that received Florida Master Gardener Awards of Excellence: ‘Special Audiences’ for teaching youth at HOPE in 2003, ‘General Achievement’ for the Home and Garden Expo in 2006, and ‘Service to 4-H and Other Youth’ for the gardening program at Margaret K. Lewis School in 2015. Janet frequently delivers educational programs and presentations to community and Garden Club organizations.

Janet received her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Lafayette College in Easton PA. After graduating from college, she entered the Air Force. While in the Air Force, she obtained a Master’s Degree in Administration from Central Michigan University. Gardening has always been and continues to be a part of her life. She has great memories of gardening with her father and grandmother. Besides gardening, Janet enjoys tennis and crafts.

 

UF/IFAS Master Gardener Jody Wood-Putnam

UF/IFAS Master Gardener Jody Wood-Putnam

UF/IFAS Master Gardener Jody Wood-Putnam Presenting:

Incorporating Native Plants into the Home Landscape
Saturday 11:30 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.

Attracting Butterflies in the Home Landscape
Saturday 2 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.

Jody has been a Florida Master Gardener since 2004.  She was born in California, and her father was in the Navy.  She and her family lived in many places while she was growing up, including Puerto Rico, Texas, Washington State, West Virginia, Tennessee and North Carolina.  She studied Physics and Mathematics at Western Carolina University.  Upon graduation, she came to Panama City to work at the Navy base.  She has since earned Master degrees in Materials Science and Systems Management.  She retired from the Navy Base last June, after working there 33 years.  She is now thoroughly enjoying her retirement.

Jody is married to Tom Putnam, and they have two Golden Retrievers.  Jody has loved gardening ever since she was a small girl. She works in her garden every chance she gets, loves photography and enjoys opportunities like this to share her love for gardening.

Beekeeper, Carrie Morthland

Beekeeper Carrie Morthland Presenting:

Honeybee Basics

Carrie will discuss the castes of honeybees, their life cycle, products the honeybee makes, and introduce some of the pests and problems that honeybees face. She will also throw in many factoids regarding the honeybee. Carrie will be bringing an observational LIVE bee hive for us to see.

Saturday 1:00 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.

Setting up an Apiary

Carrie will provide information on the equipment needed to start beekeeping, and answer any questions regarding setting up an apiary.

Sunday 12:30 p.m. – 1:20 p.m.

Carrie started keeping honeybees four years ago, with her spouse after they moved to Florida.  They started a business together (D & C Honey Bee Farm) removing hives from homes in the local panhandle area and a hobby turned into a full-time job. Carrie is the Secretary of the Tupelo Beekeepers Association and Central Panhandle Beekeeping Association.

Educating the community on beekeeping and keeping the bees has become a true passion of hers.

UF/IFAS Master Gardener CarolAnn Whitehurst

UF/IFAS Master Gardener CarolAnn Whitehurst

UF/IFAS Master Gardener CarolAnn Whitehurst Presenting:

Vertical Gardening with Lorna Patrick

Come and learn about a new way of gardening that saves space by growing up! We will discuss how to garden vertically with vegetables, flowers and other plants and the special soil, moisture, and sun needs associated with this type of gardening.

Sunday 2:00 p.m.  – 2:50 p.m.

Carol Ann Whitehurst teaching at 2016 H&G Expo

Carol Ann is the current Vice President of the Bay County Master Gardeners and is a MG class graduate of 2015.  She has secured funding for, and built, raised bed gardens at two schools. She has also sponsored an after school “garden club” at three schools.

Carol Ann was a Science teacher at Bay High School for 11 years and an Administrator at both elementary and high schools for 12 years. She has a Bachelor of Science in Biology Education from University of Florida and a Masters in Educational Leadership from Florida State University.

Carol Ann has had personal vegetable gardens for over 40 years.

UF/IFAS Master Gardener Lorna Patrick Presenting:

Vertical Gardening with Carol Ann Whitehurst

Come and learn about a new way of gardening that saves space by growing up! We will discuss how to garden vertically with vegetables, flowers and other plants and the special soil, moisture, and sun needs associated with this type of gardening.

Sunday 2:00 p.m.  – 2:50 p.m.

UF/IFAS Master Gardener Lorna Patrick

Lorna is our current Bay County Master Gardener President and became a Master Gardener in 2015.

She retired after 36 years with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as a biologist working on endangered species recovery.

Lorna used the concept of restoring native habitats for species recovery.  She has always loved gardening and says she inherited it from her maternal grandmother.

 

 

 

 

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