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Indian River County Extension Updates: March 23, 2020

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Due to Covid-19 health initiatives, Indian River County Cooperative Extension office is closed to walk-ins.  All events are postponed or rescheduled as virtual activities.  We will continue to assist via phones and email, though it may be more… Read More

Indian River County Extension Accepts Peanut Butter Challenge

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By Yvonne Florian, Indian River Extension, Program Assistant and Christine Kelly-Begazo. Indian River County Extension has taken up the Challenge!! For the past few years, the UF IFAS Extension offices in the Florida Panhandle, where the country’s second… Read More

Building Social Strength and Self Confidence Through Public Speaking

2017 4-H/Tropicana Public Speaking County Contest Winners and Judges

by Darren Cole, Indian River County Extension Youth Development Agent and Joshua Kutyna, Indian River County Extension Program Assistant The main focus of the Indian River County 4-H program is to facilitate the learning of life skills by… Read More

Companion Planting: A Beneficial Friendship

UF community gardens adn bat houses. Photo taken on 04-14-17.

Companion Planting for Improved Health in the Garden Bed by Yvonne Florian and Nickie Munroe Looking to give your vegetable or fruit garden even more color? How about some added benefits of pest protection to go along with… 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

A Way to Fight Brazilian Peppertree (Schinus terebinthifolia)

In Florida, Brazilian Peppertree is listed as a noxious weed and category-1 invasive plant according to Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council (FLEPPC).  It was originally introduced to Florida from South America as a pretty ornamental shrub during the… Read More

Cancelled Event: The 2020 I. R. C. Firefighter’s Fair

A sign of our trying times, the 2020 Indian River County Firefighter’s Fair has been cancelled.  On Friday March 13, even before opening the gates, the announcement was made.  With the advice of the State and local Health… Read More

Vero Beach’s 19th Annual Gardenfest!

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The 19th annual Gardenfest! in Rivererside Park, Vero Beach was a big hit.  Though rain had most leaving early Saturday we made up for it on Sunday afternoon.  The park was crowded with happy gardeners looking for that… Read More

Soil Moisture Sensor Loaner-Trainer Program for Treasure Coast Farmers

Why use soil moisture sensors? Farmers have to carefully manage water supply for their crops.  Too much or too little irrigation can damage or stress the crop, making it more vulnerable to weed competition, insect pests, and/or disease. … Read More

To Bee or Not to Bee: A Concerning Question

by Violet Krochmalny, Indian River County Extension Staff Manager We all know about the ongoing struggle of bee colony collapse disorder that has been ravaging populations of our favorite pollinators and you may have asked yourself, is anything being done… Read More