Florida's scorching summer temperatures can be relentless! The heat can take a lot out of us – especially water. It leaves us searching for ways to cool down and stay hydrated. While drinking plenty of water is essential, did you know ... READ MORE
The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30. Are you prepared for this hurricane season? Last Water Wednesday, the Family Consumer Sciences Agents LuAnn Duncan in Sumter County and Lisa Hamilton in Volusia County gave ... READ MORE
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
An important part of a family’s emergency plan is knowing what proper food and water safety precautions to take if hurricanes or other disasters occur.
Follow these tips to be prepared for power outages and keep your food safe.
Place ... READ MORE
Pumpkins are a member of the gourd family, which includes cucumbers, honeydew melons, cantaloupe, watermelons and zucchini. Beta-carotene is responsible for giving pumpkins their bright, orange color. Pumpkin is packed with nutrients. Naturally ... READ MORE
The eggplant was first grown some 4,000 years ago in India and Pakistan. Thomas Jefferson , who grew eggplant in his garden at Monticello, is thought to have originally introduced the plant to the United States.
A member of the nightshade family, ... READ MORE
Florida blueberries are in season so you’ll find them in stores and markets through June. Look for the “Fresh from Florida” label. United States Department of Agriculture statistics show that the value of Florida’s blueberry industry ... READ MORE
Florida ranks second in the United States in the production of strawberries. Florida produces 15 percent of the total U.S. crop and 100 percent of the domestically produced winter crop. Consumers are able to enjoy Florida strawberries from ... READ MORE
Did you know that avocados are a fruit and not a vegetable? The avocado probably originated in Mexico and Central America, where it has been cultivated for thousands of years. The first avocado trees were planted in Florida in 1833. Today, ... READ MORE
Florida ranks #2 nationally in the production and value of fresh market sweet corn, typically accounting for approximately 25 percent of sweet corn production in the U.S. According to USDA, the production of fresh corn from Florida is valued ... READ MORE