Category: Agriculture

Tree-juvenation?

Trees line and shade a roadway.

Communities derive many benefits from their urban forests, including improved air quality, increased stormwater filtration, reduced heat island effects, and positive physical and mental health impacts. A 2013 tree canopy study in Sarasota County indicated just 35% vegetation… Read More

Sarasota County ag community prepares for storm issues

A Sarasota County barn shows severe damage from a recent storm

By SARAH BOSTICK Sustainable Agriculture Agent UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County Preparing for hurricanes and other natural disasters is a very big job in our state, and one not limited to our urban areas. It is such a big… Read More

Controlling insects naturally

a mass of rose aphids on plant stem

Summer is the season… for checking landscape plants for insects before they devour your plants with their ravenous appetite.   Conservative estimates state there are over 12,000 species of insects in Florida, so it’s no wonder your hibiscus might… Read More

EVENT: Lost in label-land? We can help.

food labeling illustration

Organic. Free range. Natural. USDA certified. Grown locally. Cage free. NSF. FSIS. Choice. Prime. Locally sourced. Get dizzy trying to keep up with – let alone make sense of – the array of labels and acronyms and designations on… Read More

Workshop to offer multi-generational perspectives fostering stronger sustainable communities

Children learning to garden from an adult

Under the “Growing Greener Generations” theme, the 14th Annual Sustainable Communities Workshop is set for Nov. 14, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The workshop will draw together residents of all ages, business owners and employees, non-profit leaders, and government officials… Read More

For the love of bugs!

“It’s a buggy world” is a sentiment that definitely rings true here in the sunshine state. With a conservative estimate of over 12,000 species of insects in Florida, there seems to be six-legged critters everywhere you look. Have… Read More