4-H is the nation’s largest youth development organization. It is a non-formal, practical educational program for youth and uses a learn-by-doing approach to help youth gain the knowledge and life skills they need to be productive, responsible ... READ MORE
Collier County Extension is hosting a beekeeping workshop! Workshop presenters include master beekeeper and 4-H agent Trisha Aldridge, food systems agent Jessica Ryals, and commercial horticulture agent Hamutahl Cohen! Together these agents ... READ MORE
The color of an egg shell has influence on people's buying choices. Some believe that brown, green, blue, or pink eggs are healthier than white chicken eggs.
The truth is, there is no nutritional difference between colorful chicken eggs and ... READ MORE
As an extension agent in SW Florida, I frequently receive inquiries about spiders in the lanai. The covered outdoor porches here are both ubiquitous and a favored environment for several spider species. There are ~58 spider species in Florida ... READ MORE
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 take advantage ... READ MORE
The News-Press - 09/30/2021
USA TODAY NETWORK – FLORIDA
Just like other lines of work, building and maintaining relationships is critical for farmers’ professional success. Participating in professional ... READ MORE
In the U.S, carambolas, or star fruit, are grown commercially in southern Florida and Hawaii. Commercial growers can be found in Dade, Lee, Broward, Palm Beach and small producers popping up in Collier County.
Star fruit can be known as ... READ MORE
Yearning to learn about other fruit alternatives?
Photo 1: JAMAS Fruit
The annual Collier County JAMAS class is the brainchild of Dr. "Doug Bug" Caldwell, ... READ MORE
Of Florida’s 47,000 farms, 93% are considered small farms. According the the latest USDA data, in Collier County there are 322 farms, 139 new and beginning farmers and 4% of total farms in the county that sell direct to consumer ... READ MORE
The SWFLSFN meeting is back!
The Southwest Florida Small Farmer Network meeting is open to established and beginning farmers in Southwest Florida and hosted by UF/IFAS Extension Agents in the region.
It's a great opportunity to connect ... READ MORE