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

Dr. Gullible and Operation Skeeter Stop

  Situation: During 2016, reports about the Zika virus and associated health risks dominated the news throughout the nation, especially in Florida. In response, Hernando County Extension agents participated in the statewide “UF/IFAS 2016 Zika Challenge” program to… Read More

Natural Areas Training Academy in its 17th year of training land managers!

The mission of the Natural Areas Training Academy (aka “NATA”) is to create a network of land managers with current knowledge and skills to conserve Florida’s resources.  Natural areas managers in the Southeastern United States face unique challenges, due… Read More