Category: Agriculture

“Seed Scholarships” and Orange County Head Start Project

Situation: Head Start is a national school readiness program created as part of a “war on poverty”. Specifically, it is designed to promote healthy development and assist children from low-income families overcome the disadvantages of poverty before they… Read More

SET IT AND FORGET IT HYDROPONICS EMPOWERS A NEW AGE OF URBAN FARMERS

Situation: Florida’s second largest industry is agriculture, yet less than ¼ of 1% of the population claims farming as their occupation despite continued population growth. Agriculture is key to Florida’s sustainability and economic competitiveness. With traditional agricultural acreage… Read More

4-H WATER GUARDS: NEW CLUB SAVES WATER

Situation: While conservation is essential for the longevity of our water resources, homeowners resist implementing water conservation techniques if they do not have personal motivation and basic technical skills. Today’s youth may not be directly responsible for their… Read More

SENIOR ADULTS AND THE UF/IFAS EXTENSION MISSION – A SUCCESS STORY

Situation: One of Florida’s greatest untapped natural resources is senior citizens; 19.4% of the state’s population is age 65+ and growing. In 2016, 80% of Florida Master Gardeners (n=1014) responding to a survey reported being age 60 or… Read More

DATA COLLECTION & EVALUATION AT GARDEN FESTIVALS, FAIRS, & EXPOS

Situation: Garden festivals are a common outreach activity among Residential Horticulture programs, but collecting data from these events can be difficult and time consuming to both record and evaluate. Annually, the UF/IFAS Extension Seminole County Gardening Expo has… Read More

DIGGING INTO THE POTENTIAL OF SWEET POTATO PRODUCTION IN THE TRI-COUNTY AGRICULTURAL AREA OF NORTHEAST FLORIDA

Situation: Crop diversification is vital to the sustainability of food systems. The Tri-County Agricultural Area (St. Johns, Putnam, Flagler) of Florida leads the state in production of potatoes (Solanum tuberosum L.), with Hastings being the official “Potato Capital”… Read More

SUPPORTING THE LOCAL FOOD SYSTEM THROUGH FARMERS’ MARKET EDUCATION

Objectives: Farmers’ markets provide access to local food, while cultivating agricultural awareness and appreciation. Market managers and farmers lack familiarity with regulations, pricing, marketing, and funding. Many farmers’ markets do not accept Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program/Electronic Benefits Transfer… Read More