Building Social Strength and Self Confidence Through Public Speaking

2017 4-H/Tropicana Public Speaking County Contest Winners and Judges

by Darren Cole, Indian River County Extension Youth Development Agent and Joshua Kutyna, Indian River County Extension Program Assistant The main focus of the Indian River County 4-H program is to facilitate the learning of life skills by… Read More

Companion Planting: A Beneficial Friendship

UF community gardens adn bat houses. Photo taken on 04-14-17.

Companion Planting for Improved Health in the Garden Bed by Yvonne Florian and Nickie Munroe Looking to give your vegetable or fruit garden even more color? How about some added benefits of pest protection to go along with… Read More

Soil Moisture Sensor Loaner-Trainer Program for Treasure Coast Farmers

Why use soil moisture sensors? Farmers have to carefully manage water supply for their crops.  Too much or too little irrigation can damage or stress the crop, making it more vulnerable to weed competition, insect pests, and/or disease. … Read More

To Bee or Not to Bee: A Concerning Question

by Violet Krochmalny, Indian River County Extension Staff Manager We all know about the ongoing struggle of bee colony collapse disorder that has been ravaging populations of our favorite pollinators and you may have asked yourself, is anything being done… Read More

Fall Fertilization for Healthy Lawns and Waterways

Grass on the banks of Lake Mize at the Austin Cary Memorial Forest.

By Christine Kelly-Begazo, Indian River County Agriculture Extension Agent and Josh Kutyna, Extension office Program Assistant As most of us know by now, Indian River County has enacted a fertilization ban which runs from June 1st – September 30th…. Read More

Palm Pruning: Shear Instincts

Palm trees being blown by the winds of an approaching storm. Severe weather, rain, beach, coast. UF/IFAS Photo by Tyler Jones.

By Christine Kelly-Begazo, Indian River County Agriculture Extension Agent Pruning palm trees seems like a simple enough endeavor, but we may instinctively get a bit too excited with those pruning tools. It’s no mistake that we all favor… Read More

A Day of Family Fun at LaPorte Farms

Attendees of the event crossing the pond bridge that is part of the loop around the farm.

By Darren Cole, Indian River County Youth Development Agent Looking for a quick and entertaining family outing to stave off the boredom of another mundane ordinary weekend? Well look no further than LaPorte Farms! This local kid friendly haven is… Read More

Symptoms of Dehydration: Summer Survival

Johnson Beach at the Gulf Islands National Seashore near Pensacola, Florida, photographed for the Naturally Escarosa phone application.

By Joshua Kutyna, Indian River Extension Program Assistant for Nickie Munroe Everyone is out enjoying the beauty of Florida. It is easy to forget how dangerous it can be to stay outside for prolonged periods in our warm… Read More