Food certification class open
A food managers certification class will be offered April 14 starting at 9 a.m. at the Lee County Parks and Recreation-UF/IFAS Lee County Extension, at 3410 Palm Beach Blvd. in Fort Myers.
The course is a comprehensive food-handler training that includes the current regulations to assist in taking the ServSafe Manager's Exam, which is offered through the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation.
Following the class, the exam will be held at 2 p.m. The national certification is valid for five years.
The cost is $110 for the class and exam or $165 for the class, exam and textbook.
Register at least three business days before the class; no walk-in registrations will be permitted.
To register, visit: fycs.ifas.ufl.edu/foodsafety or call (888) 232-8723.
Program receives $2,000 grant
UF/IFAS Lee County Extension announces that the Grow A Gardener program has been selected to receive a $2,000 grant from Darden Restaurants Foundation.
The Restaurant Community Grants program, now in its third year, empowers each restaurant in the Darden family to help award a $1,000 grant to support local community programs.
The donation will enable the Grow A Gardener program to educate participants on edible gardening in Southwest Florida. Instructors are Lee County Master Gardeners trained by UF/IFAS.
The eight-session program covers soil, composting, seeds, water, worms, fertilizers, plant parts, propagation, insects, and vegetable ID.
Beneficiaries of the program are anyone ages 8 and up.