News from Sarasota’s IFAS – Bee Ridge Community Garden Opens, Sustainable Communities Workshop Dec. 18th


From UF/IFAS Extension Gazette, 12.2013:

Extension Welcomes Dailey as New Director
Mr. Bryan Dailey has joined us as the Director for UF/IFAS Sarasota County Extension. He most recently served as the Director of Information Technology for Cornell University Cooperative Extension in New York City. He joined Cornell University in 1998 as a researcher and then as an Extension agent on projects related to soils, water quality, and forests. He has also consulted on projects related to composting systems and renewable energy.  Mr. Dailey has extensive experience overseas, including service as a Peace Corps volunteer in Africa.Mr. Dailey’s experience includes program and operations management, and leading diverse teams to solve interdisciplinary problems. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University, a MS in agronomy and MBA from Cornell University.  He and his wife Lisa have two boys, ages 2 and 4, and his parents have lived in Sarasota County for 15 years.  Mr. Dailey began his service on November 8, 2013, and his broad experience will be an asset as Sarasota County Extension continues to deliver research-based education to help build a better future.

We’re hosting a meet and greet from 4 – 6 p.m. on December 13 here at the Green Building, so please stop by and join us in welcoming Mr. Dailey to Sarasota County Extension!

Sustainable Communities Workshop

Sarasota County’s 8th annual 2013 Sustainable Communities Workshop will take place Wednesday, Dec. 18, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., at the Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida Event and Conference Center, 4780 Cattlemen Road, Sarasota. This popular interactive workshop draws leaders from industry, government, and university programs to share their expertise and strategies for achieving a more sustainable future through job creating and community building programs and innovations. From alternative transportation and eco-tourism to the future of the built environment, the workshop will highlight national trends as well as local successes. Of particular note this year is the workshop’s focus on green business practices and building resilience in local food supplies. To learn more about the event and to register, contact the Sarasota County Call Center at 941-861-5000, or click here.

Bee Ridge Community Garden Opens!

Sarasota’s newest community garden is up and running! In early 2012, a small group of interested citizens came together to form a community garden at Bee Ridge Park. After a successful grant application through Sarasota County’s Neighborhood Grant program, the volunteer group set about project construction.  Fencing, raised beds and pathways were installed, along with lovely edible plants. The project was completed on schedule in July 2013, and an official “grand-opening” will be planned in the coming months. Bee Ridge Community Garden joins the list of 8 successful community gardens located at public parks throughout the county. Community gardens provide a space to grow healthy produce, meet neighbors and are an enjoyable physical and recreational activity for program participants. Way to go Bee Ridge volunteers- you have made your vision a reality!