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Tag: UF IFAS Extension

Raining Fall Color

Raining Fall Color It is fall in southwest Florida. Pumpkins have arrived on doorsteps and jackets are emerging from the depths of closets to meet the chill of early morning. Marking the turn of the seasons in Florida… Read More

What’s an On-Farm Readiness Review (OFRR) and how can it help your small farm?

In Florida, inspections have begun for large produce growers under the Food Safety Modernization Act, Produce Safety Rule (FSMA, PSR). While many small farms fall under a qualified exemption under the rule, it’s still a good idea to… Read More

Sustainable Agriculture Resources Available for Producers

A few years ago, I was able to meet a couple of farmers and ranchers who received Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE) grant funding. Hearing from them directly about how the funds helped their operations, I am… Read More

Homeowners value licensed/certified green industry professionals

In 2020, UF/IFAS Extension Martin County recruited homeowners and homeowners’ associations (HOA’s) to participate in a survey of their preferences for licensed/certified green industry professionals. We found that many respondents valued licensing and best practices, but they hadn’t… Read More

Licensing & Certification for the Green Industry Professional

Green industry professionals work on residential and commercial landscapes, in garden centers and production nurseries, and more.  The work can be varied and involve specialized skills in pruning, mowing, irrigation maintenance/installation, pesticide and fertilizer application, etc. Sometimes what… Read More

Spread the word: Peanut Butter Challenge kicks off Oct. 1

The Peanut Butter Challenge, UF/IFAS Extension’s annual jar collection for local food pantries that launched in the Florida Panhandle in 2012, is again spreading statewide this year. Unopened jars of peanut butter can be donated to local county… Read More

Fall Seed Sale – Local Pick Up Only

Just in time for your fall gardens, the Master Gardeners are pleased to present seeds for this upcoming season. Now is also an excellent time to scatter/plant native flowers and other cool-living varieties, so don’t forget your pollinator… Read More

Suicide Awareness & Prevention

September is Suicide prevention month bringing awareness to the issue might save a life. We have all met with challenges over our lifetime. Previously, I was in the public school system and sadly there are many children that… Read More