Inspiring Future Scientists

There’s nothing better than having a group of young students visit GCREC for a tour.  Well, most groups.  No offense to middle school children or their parents, but that age group is a little difficult to keep engaged. … Read More

Florida Ag Expo Promotes Alternative Crops for Florida Growers

Blackberries, hops, pomegranates and more were highlighted at our recent Florida Ag Expo with a focus on providing alternative crops for central Florida growers.  With the citrus greening issues nearly devastating Florida’s top crop in recent years, growers… Read More

Creating Kid Locavores

One of the best part of my job at GCREC is hosting tour groups from local schools.  We recently had the opportunity to entertain a group of 45 STEM students from a local school, R. Bruce Wagner, and… Read More

GCREC Bug Week 2016

For the past month, I have asked our staff to bring me whatever bugs they might find on our 475-acre farm.  This is a very busy time for our faculty and staff, so I only received a few… Read More

Birdwatching on the Farm

We had a recent employee, Bill Dermott, who upon his departure gave me a list of all the birds he had observed at our research center over the last 6 months or so.  We’re talking about 80 different… Read More

2016 Strawberry Field Day

Although Gulf Coast Research Center is located in southern Hillsborough County, we found from past experience that strawberry growers tend to feel the center is a little removed from the action, which is located in Plant City.  Therefore,… Read More

GCREC Says Goodbye to the Colorado Summer Nursery

Because Florida summers make it nearly impossible to grow strawberry plants outdoors, we send thousands of seedlings from our breeding program west to cooler more temperate climates for the summer.  Our strawberry breeding team works year round to… Read More