It’s the last week of public school and parents are starting to wonder where they’ll place their children for the summer. At UVI Cooperative Extension Service, we have two opportunities for youth to extend their knowledge in the areas of sewing as well as nutrition and healthy cooking. Space is limited. Please share the flyers and information below.

Have fun learning about good nutrition and cooking!!!
EFNEP Youth Nutrition & Cooking Class for children ages 11-14
July 1st - 12th, 2019
9 am—12 noon
Monday—Friday

*Registration ends June 24th, 2019
*Registration fee is $50.00

Call Safiya Taylor at 340-693-1073 or email safiya.taylor@uvi.edu


Summer Youth Cooking and Nutrition Class Flyer 2019

Youth Clothing Construction for youth ages 11 - 14
July 1-12, 2019
1:00—2:30 p.m.
Monday—Friday
at the UVI Cooperative Extension Service office (St. Thomas campus)
CLASS Fee $35 
Bring Scissors, Thread, & Sewing Pins

For more information and to register, please call Dr. Caryl Johnson at (340) 693-1080 or Email: cjohnso@uvi.edu
Summer Youth Sewing Class Flyer 2019

UVI Cooperative Extension Service and the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) cordially invites the community to attend our up-coming presentation entitled, “Cooperatives in Action - A Reflection,” presented by Dr. Louis Petersen and U.S. Virgin Islands Farmers.

TOPICS:
•  Overview of the Cooperative Business Model
•  Experiences shared by successful agricultural cooperative business owners in Georgia
•  What USVI farmers learned about cooperative business production, marketing, and management

All persons interested in learning more about the cooperative business model are welcome to attend.

On St. Croix 
Thursday, June 27, 2019 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
UVI Research & Extension Center, Room 133

On St. Thomas
Wednesday, July 10, 2019 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
UVI Administration & Conference Center (ACC) 1st Floor Conference Room 142

For more info call Dr. Louis Petersen at (340) 693-1083 or Email: louis.petersen@uvi.edu

CES Cooperatives in Action Flyer_STX
CES Cooperatives in Action Flyer_STT

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UVICES Pesticide Safety Education and Integrated Pest Management Programs (Print PDF)

Pesticide Applicator Safety and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Trainings for “Commercial and Private Applicator License” are held on both the St. Croix and St. Thomas University of the Virgin Islands Campuses. All trainings and examinations are FREE, and administered by Cooperative Extension Service in collaboration with the Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR). Register with Dr. Amy J. Dreves by calling 340-692-4052 or emailing Amy.Dreves@live.uvi.edu. If there is a training, you are interested in, contact Dr. Dreves.

Federal law requires any person who applies or supervises the use of restricted use pesticides (RUPs) to be certified. Trainings are offered to teach applicators of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) laws and regulations, applying RUPs properly and effectively, comprehending pesticide labels, calculating rates, integrating best pest management tools, and practicing safe pesticide use.

For registration of Pesticide Safety Education Trainings and Questions, contact Dr. Amy J. Dreves, Pesticide Safety Education Coordinator at email Amy.Dreves@uvi.edu or (340) 692-4052
Registration is required.

Pesticide Applicator Trainings and Examination
“Training for Commercial & Private Applicators”

ST. CROIX Trainings and Examinations
LOCATION: UVI Albert A. Sheen, campus, Research and Extension Center, Room 133 unless otherwise noted*

June 20, 2019
Thursday: CATEGORY: Public Health Pests
Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm, all day

June 24, 2019
Monday: CATEGORY: Ornamental and Turf Pests
Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm, all day

June 25, 2019
Tuesday: Examinations for Certification
Time: 9:00am to 1:00pm, half day

July 16, 2019
Tuesday: CORE Pesticide Safety & IPM (note change of date)
Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm, all day

July 22, 2019
Monday: CATEGORY: Structural and Health Pests
Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm, half day

July 23, 2019 Tuesday: Examinations for Certification (note change of date)
Time: 9:00am to 1:00pm, half day
PLEASE NOTE Location: Room NWW102**

July 29, 2019
Monday: Examinations for Certification (note change of date)
Time: 9:00am to 1:00pm, half day

August 16
Friday: NEW CLASS: Tricks to Reading Pesticide Labels
Time: 9:00am to 1:00pm, half day

August 19, 2019
Monday: Re-CERTIFICATION for expiring licenses only
Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm, all day

August 20, 2019
Tuesday: Examinations for Certification
Time: 9:00am to 1:00pm, half day

September 10,
Tues: NEW CLASS: How Much Pesticide Do I Add?
Time: 9:00am to 1:00pm, half day

September 11, 2019
Wednesday: CATEGORY: Agricultural Plant Pests
Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm, all day

September 24, 2019
Tuesday: Examinations for Certification (note change of date)
Time: 9:00am to 1:00pm, half day

ST. THOMAS
Trainings and Examinations
LOCATION:
St Thomas Campus, UVI CELL Training Room (up to the Southern hill towards the Physical Plant office, in the old faculty east apartments)

July 17, 2019
Wednesday: CORE Pesticide Safety & IPM
Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm, all day

July 18, 2019
Thursday: CATEGORY: Structural and Health Pests
Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm, all day

July 19, 2019
Friday: Examinations for Certification
Time: 9:00am to 1:00pm, half day
August 13, 2019, Tuesday: CATEGORY: Ornamental and Turf
Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm, all day

August 14, 2019
Wednesday: Re-CERTIFICATION for expiring licenses
Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm, all day

Sept 4, 2019
Wednesday: CATEGORY: Public Health Pests
Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm, all day
Sept 5, 2019 Thursday: CATEGORY: Agricultural Plant Pests
Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm, all day
Sept 6, 2019 Friday: Examinations for Certification
Time: 9:00am to 1:00pm, half day

Common Questions:
1. Who should take the ReCERTIFICATION class?
An all-day RECERTIFICATION course is offered to those with expiring Pesticide Applicator licenses. This course is required and must be taken within 6 months of your expired license date. If your license expires without taking the RECERTIFICATION course, you are required to start over and retake the CORE and CATEGORY examinations.

2. What are the rules for taking Pesticide Applicator EXAMINATIONS?
The first examination that a client must pass to become eligible for a VI applicator’s license is the CORE Pesticide Safety exam. Once the CORE exam is passed, you are eligible to take a CATEGORY exam (see list below). You can self-study with a manual (purchased or online) or come to training to best equip you for taking the exam.
Candidates failing an examination shall be eligible to retake the examination thirty (30) days after the date of such examination. If the candidate again fails, he/she shall be eligible to retake it no sooner than three (3) months later. Thereafter, any additional failing shall require a waiting period of six (6) months before the candidate may be eligible to retake the examination. In case of three or more failures, examinations may be offered one year after the date of the last failed exam.

3. Pesticide CATEGORY trainings include:
· Agricultural Plant Pest Control (APP)- application of pesticides to agricultural crops.
· Ornamental and Turf Pest Control (OT) – application of pesticides in the maintenance and production of ornamental trees, shrubs, flowers, nurseries, golf courses, and turf.
· Industrial, Institutional, and Structural Health Pest Control (IISH)–pesticide applications for the protection of structures and stored products from wood-boring beetles, termites, ants, rats, pantry pests, etc. on or around homes, food handling establishments, food processing facilities, schools and hospitals, industrial establishments, etc.
· Public Health Pest Control (PH) – this category includes territorial, federal or other governmental personnel or their contractors for training in pesticide control and management of pests having medical and public health importance.
· Right-of-WayVegetation Management (ROW) – herbicide applications for applicators interested in managing weeds and other problem plants in the maintenance of roadways, electric power lines, gas or other pipelines, etc.
4. Who should get a Certified Pesticide Applicator License?
Federal law requires any person on the U.S. Virgin Islands who applies or supervises the use of restricted use pesticides (RUPs) to be certified. Trainings are offered to teach applicators of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) laws and regulations, applying RUPs properly and effectively, comprehending pesticide labels, calculating rates, integrating best pest management tools, and practicing safe pesticide use.

All Pesticide Applicator Safety and IPM Trainings for “Commercial and Private Applicator License” are held on the St. Croix and St. Thomas campuses. Trainings and examinations are administered by Cooperative Extension Service and are FREE. Licenses are managed by the Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR).
Look closely at National Pesticide Information Center site at www.npic.orst.edu for information on pesticide products, human poisoning, spill and cleanup resources, etc.
To purchase an OptiVisor for looking closer at a pest, see
To see or print the 2014 National Pesticide safety CORE manual (12 chapters) with question/answers at the end of each chapter, go to the website:

CLICK HERE to DOWNLOAD a PDF of this information.

If you have questions, contact,
Dr. Amy J. Dreves
University of the Virgin Islands – Cooperative Extension Service
Associate Professor | Pest Management Specialist III
Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP) Coordinator
RR 1, Box 10,000; Kingshill, St. Croix USVI 00851-9781


Click THIS LINK to National Pesticide Safety CORE Manual, Revision 2014
12 chapters with questions to self-study



The Previous Computer & Technology Classes

 “Usefulness of Social Media" Workshop Tuesday, April 16 & Thursday, April 18, 2019 between 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the UVI Cooperative Extension Service St. Thomas campus office. Learn about Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Youtube, LinkedIn & More... 
ONLY $25 TOTAL!
Call: (340) 693-1081 
Email: dcooper@uvi.edu


DAY 1: Invisible Window-Shopping 

1. Social Media Overview (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, LinkedIn)
2. Using Social Media Safely (Facebook)
3. Who's watching/liking/sharing? (Analytics and how to read them)
4. Who else is using it? (Searching tools for local users etc.)

DAY 2: Putting Social Media to Use for You
6. Utilizing LinkedIn (Creating an account, Using it)
7. Advertising on Facebook (Twitter and/or Instagram)
Using Public or Private Groups, Messenger Groups etc.
8. Connecting Accounts (Which ones to connect & why/why not?)
9. Automating Posts: Pros & Cons


Application (Online) | Flyer | Brochure

Printable Application Documents:
Application | Media Release | Student Contract | Letter of Recommendation

AgDiscovery 2019 National Flyer

PRESS RELEASE

Press Release – UVI AgDiscovery Program (February 20, 2019)

The University of the Virgin Islands Cooperative Extension Service and Agricultural Experiment Station announce the application period for the 2019 UVI AgDiscovery Summer Enrichment Program. This two - week youth summer initiative will be conducted on the UVI Albert A. Sheen campus, St. Croix from July 28 – August 10, 2019. The goal of this federally funded, national program is to provide middle and high school students with a unique occasion to experience life as a university student while exploring the exciting fields of agricultural science and its wide range of career opportunities

Students in grades 7 – 12 are eligible to apply and participate in the UVI AgDiscovery Program. Successful applicants will reside on the university campus for the duration of the enrichment program. Daily activities will include classroom sessions and hands-on training exercises in the greenhouse, on farms, and at research plots of the Agricultural Experiment Station. In addition to the academic undertakings, AgDiscovery incorporates lessons on Virgin Islands culture and history as well as team building skills.

There will be no fee or cost to student participants. Expenses associated with dormitory accommodations, cafeteria meals, ground transportation, and field trips will be covered by a grant awarded to the UVI Cooperative Extension Service from the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

General program information and applications can be accessed at https://www.aphis.usda.gov/agdiscovery. The application deadline date is now March 22, 2019.

For additional information please contact Dr. Louis E. Petersen, Jr. at telephone number (340) 693-1083 or via email at louis.petersen@uvi.edu.

Before you can apply you need to have the following items completed:

  • A Signed Parental Release Form and Picture and Video Release Statement
  • A Completed and signed Student Contract
  • A two-page essay entitled, “Why I Want to Attend the AgDiscovery Program at                                               University, and What I Want to Learn.” In the essay, include information about your interests, hobbies, and any agricultural science-related courses completed or in progress; extracurricular or volunteer activities related to agriculture or plant, animal, or biological science; future career goals; and how you plan to achieve your goals. Be sure to include your full name, age, home address, telephone number, and email address on the first page of the essay.
  • Three letters of recommendation from people not related to you who know you well. At least one recommendation must come from a teacher, school counselor, or administrator. 

Past CES Events & Activities:AgFair 2018 Poster

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AGFAIR COMMITTEE NEWS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 5, 2018

 AgFair Weekend Offers Educational and Cultural Activities Nov. 17 & 18 at Bordeaux Farmers’ Market

Vendor applications are available at the UVI Cooperative Extension Service office for the 34th St. Thomas/St. John Agriculture and Food Fair. The deadline for application submission of Friday, October 26, 2018 was extended. The fair will be held on November 17 & 18, 2018 at the Bordeaux Farmers’ Market. The theme for this year's fair is,
"Strengthening Bonds, Building Bridges for a Better Farming Community."

Vendors meet with the committee on Friday, November 2, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. at the Bordeaux Farmers’ Market for assigned fairground spots, advertising materials and other pertinent information.

The fair opens at 10 am and closes at 6 pm on both days. The official ceremony begins at 2 pm on Saturday, November 17th, 2018. On sale will be fruits and vegetables, nursery plants, fruit trees, vegetable seedlings, local arts and crafts, prepared food and much more.

This annual event is hosted by the St. Thomas-St. John Agriculture and Food Fair Committee in partnership with the University of the Virgin Islands Cooperative Extension Service, Virgin Islands Department of Agriculture, We Grow Food, Inc., and Fintrac. The cost is only $3.00 for those 12 years and older and $2.00 for youth 11 and under. For more information call the UVI Cooperative Extension Service at 340-693-1080 or the Department of Agriculture at 340-774-5182. Email sttstjagfair@gmail.com and stay connected with the AgFair online searching using the official hashtag #sttstjagfair for finding pictures, videos and the latest information @sttstjAgFair on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter or visit CES Fairs & Annual Events on ces.uvi.edu for details.

The St. Thomas-St. John Agriculture & Food Fair Committee, Inc. is an annual organizing group consisting of staff from the University of the Virgin Islands Cooperative Extension Service, the Virgin Islands Department of Agriculture and Fintrac along with members from the general community.

DaraMonifah Cooper | AgFair Director of Publications & Promotions
Tel: 340.693.1081 • Fax: 340.693.1085  • E-mail: sttstjagfair@gmail.com 
Website: ces.uvi.eduFB|IG|TW 
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SEARCH: #sttstjagfair


PAST EVENTS

Sunday, October 14, 2018 was our World Food Day 2018!


Details: The UVI Cooperative Extension Service (CES) held its World Food Day observance from noon until 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, which includes a formal opening ceremony, food vendors court, farmers market, workshops, demonstrations, entertainment, and free vegetable seedlings.

You don't want to miss this family fun event next year!