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Helping Kids Learn to Love Vegetables

close-up of fresh carrots

Article and audio introduction by Samantha Kennedy, Family and Consumer Sciences Photo credit: Samantha Kennedy, UF/IFAS Extension Wakulla County, Family Consumer Sciences Kids and Vegetables Kids and vegetables have historically had a love-hate relationship. It… Read More

Master Gardeners Clean Up

master-gardeners

Garden Clean Up Now that we are starting to loose a few minutes of daylight each day, hopefully the heat of summer is soon to go as well.  We Master Gardeners cleaned up several rows… Read More

The rain has Lovebugs missing this year

Lovebugs, flying insect, distraction, absence, conjoined, pairs

By Les Harrison Lovebugs Not Leaving Its Mark The pace of life and the unending supply of distractions in 2018 keep most resident’s thoughts occupied with too many diversions. The student’s recent return to school,… Read More

Sassafras Was Once The Base For Root Beer

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By, Les Harrison Sassafras Albidum Sassafras albidum is a deciduous native with a long history of multiple uses in panhandle Florida and far beyond.  Leaves of this tree have turned up in the fossil record… Read More

Mosquitoes Call Florida Home

Mosquitoes thrive by, Les Harrison

By, Les Harrison Mosquitoes Thrive The good news is the rains have been consistent during the summer of 2018.  There is plenty of water for north Florida’s lawns, gardens, ponds, swamps and the aquifer. Citizens… Read More

Wasps In North Florida

By: Les Harrison The Wasp Strikes Back The low frequency droning is unmistakable.  The casual flight pattern belies the potential agony of an encounter and the real possibility of a painful attack from multiple directions…. Read More

Lubber Grasshoppers Go By Other Aliases

Lubbers

By, Les Harrison Lubbers, Who? Having an alias can be a handy tool, especially if one’s deeds are perceived as less than honorable. Lubbers are guilty of the nom-de-crime permits the holder to wantonly commit… Read More

Thread-Waisted Wasp

Thread-Waisted Wasp

  Saints and Sinners The generalized reputation of any group is always suspect because the actions of a few members can tint or taint the collective perception of all members.  Any assemblage has its saints… Read More

The Rosy Wolf Snail Is Fast For A Snail

Florida’s Largest Predatory Air-Breathing Land Snail The pace of life typically slows in July. For the youth, the exhilaration of freedom from the daily schooling grind has passed into a leisure lull which requires forethought… Read More

Rainy Day Activities for Families at Home in the Summer

Summer is here!  When many of us think of summer, we picture lazy and long sunny days at the lake or beach.  In Florida, the warm sunny days of summer also bring afternoon thunderstorms, as… Read More