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

A New Partnership to Provide Financial Life Skills to Incarcerated Youth

1)Situation/Objectives: Youth at the Juvenile Justice Detention Center often come from impoverished circumstances and a number of them struggle to pass their GED in order to become employable. In addition, many lack proper guidance with establishing legitimate banking/financial… Read More

PROVIDING CHRONIC DISEASE PREVENTION EDUCATION USING A MODIFIED FLIPPED CLASSROOM APPROACH

Situation: Many Americans have one or more preventable, diet-related chronic diseases. Chronic diseases are responsible for seven of ten deaths each year (CDC, 2016). An Extension nutrition team developed a series of webinars to address the need for… Read More

SUCCESS THROUGH PARTNERSHIPS: THE ROADS TO FINANCIAL HEALTH PROGRAM.

Situation: Family and Consumer Sciences Agents can be called upon to participate in public/private collaborations that begin with lofty goals, unfamiliar partners, inadequate time lines, and limited resources. While these opportunities can be challenging, Agents can employ the… 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

Exploring Local Cuisine from the Roots Up: A Food Systems Extension Program in Lake County

Situation: A food system is a term used to refer to the processes and infrastructure involved in feeding a community. Systems can include growing, harvesting, processing, packaging, transporting, marketing, consumption, and disposal of food products. Consumers play an… Read More