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Category: Agriculture

2020 Manatee County Land Judging Competition

The 59th annual land judging competition sponsored by the Manatee River Soil and Water Conservation District was held in late February at the Quattlebaum House at the Manatee County Water Treatment Plant. More than fifty students answered test… Read More

COVID-19 and UF/IFAS Extension

Updated 03/15/20 As we continue to monitor COVID-19 in Florida, I wanted to take a moment to update our UF/IFAS Extension community about our current status, best practices and next steps. Please call your local UF/IFAS Extension office… Read More

Sustainability, what is it all about?

Sustainability, what is it all about? It is a question that needs discussion. Can we adopt sustainable practices for energy, water, food, stuff? The products we buy, the way we maintain our home and landscape, the cars we… Read More

From the ‘Garden Bench’: Color in the Winter Garden

By Norma Kisida, Master Gardener 2012 Whether a full-time or a seasonal resident, we want the most from our landscape. Here in sunny Florida we are fortunate to be able to have colorful plants all year, if we… Read More

From the ‘Garden Bench’: Gardening Tips for Part-time Residents

Gardening Tips for Returning Part-Time Residents by Amy L. Stripe, Master Gardener Volunteer 2008 This is a busy time for Manatee County’s Master Gardeners! Our winter residents are arriving in droves and discovering “surprises” in their gardens; happily,… Read More

From the ‘Garden Bench’: Pomegranate

Growing a Pomegranate Tree By: Joy Derksen, Master Gardener Volunteer 2004 Come the holidays and I think of the pomegranate tree. Dressed up for the holidays with a quantity of ornament-like fruits hanging on the edges of the… Read More

Pollinators are Focus of Farm City Week Speech Contest

Manatee County students in grades six through 12 were eligible to compete in the annual Farm City Week Manatee River Soil and Water Conservation District speech contest on November 12th.  http://manateeriverswcd.com/  Designed to develop leadership through participation in public… Read More