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Indian River County Extension Peanut Butter Challenge 2021


October 14, 2021

By Christine Kelly-Begazo, Indian River County Agricultural Extension Agent III, The Peanut Butter Challenge, UF/IFAS Extension's annual jar collection for local food pantries that launched in the Florida Panhandle in 2012, is again spreading ... READ MORE

Category: 4-H & Youth, Agriculture, Community Volunteers, Crops, Events, Health & Nutrition, Home Landscapes, Natural Resources, SFYL Hot Topic, UF/IFAS Extension, Work & Life
Tags: Florida Peanut Association, Florida Peanut Growers, Florida Peanut Producers Association, Food Drive, Peanut Butter, Peanut Butter Challenge, Peanuts, Treasure Coast Food Bank, UF/IFAS Extension In The Community
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My Covid-19 Vaccination Journey


February 24, 2021

By Violet Krochmalny and Christine Kelly-Begazo. Recently I was extremely fortunate to secure a COVID-19 vaccination appointment. It was in the early weeks of Indian River County Health Department's first come - first served online registration ... READ MORE

Category: 4-H & Youth, Agriculture, Health & Nutrition, Home Landscapes, Natural Resources, Work & Life
Tags: CDC, Christine Kelly-Begazo, COVID, Health, Indian River County, Vaccination
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Hurricane Prep for your Pool


October 20, 2020

In the frenzy of preparing for an impending hurricane, many of those with residential pools overlook steps needed to prepare the pool for a major storm. Following are some tips, do's and don'ts when it comes to pool preparation prior to and ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Disaster Preparation, Events, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Health & Nutrition, Home Landscapes, Home Management, Money Matters, Natural Resources, Recreation, UF/IFAS Extension, Water, Work & Life
Tags: After Storm Clean-up, Hurricane Pool Prep, Pool Care Before Storm, Pool Clean-up, Pool Treatment, Residential Pool, Storm Prep For Pools
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Hurricane Season June First thru November 30th


May 18, 2020

Preparation By Yvonne Florian and Christine Kelly-Begazo Hurricane season will be upon us June first. As if we didn't already have enough to keep our pantry challenged, add to it the task of stocking up for storm season. But this can be ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Coasts & Marine, Disaster Preparation, Events, Farm Management, Food Safety, Home Landscapes, Home Management, Livestock, Natural Resources, Relationships & Family, SFYL Hot Topic, UF/IFAS Extension, UF/IFAS Research, Water
Tags: Batten-down, Charging Technology, Disaster Go Box, Disaster Praparation, Emergency Pantry, Food, Food Safety, Fueling, Hurricane Preparation, Landscaping, Storm

Composting Tips for the Homeowner

Horticulture Agent Nickie Munroe on telephone
April 12, 2020

Spring is in the air! Gardening beds are being changed over and people are starting their warm-season landscape maintenance. Its time to consider what to do with all of last season's spent vegetation and plants parts. How about recycling ... READ MORE

Category: Conservation, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Natural Resources, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Composters, Composting, Counter-top Compost Bucket, Debris, Enriching The Soil, Florida Soil, Gardening, How To Compost, Kitchen Scraps, Nutrient-rich, Organic Matter, Recycling, Soil Amendments

Looking up from Covid-19 Part 2 of 2


April 9, 2020

Part 2- Finding Supplies and Coping The Covid-19 Coronavirus pandemic is changing our lives at this time, whether we want it to or not. Social distancing, frequent sanitizing of door knobs, supply shortages, and masks are becoming all too ... READ MORE

Category: 4-H & Youth, Agriculture, Home Landscapes, Natural Resources, UF/IFAS Extension, , Work & Life
Tags: Extension, Farms, Hand Washing, Helping A Neighbor, Quarantine, Shop Local, Shopping, Social Distancing, Supplies, Telephone, Viruses, Work-at-home, You-pick
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Looking up from Covid-19 – Part 1 of 2


April 8, 2020

For most of us, the Covid-19 illness may be little more than an inconvenience. Not everyone is going to come down with Covid-19 pneumonia. However, as health officials advise staying home as a way to prevent the further spread, we all may get ... READ MORE

Category: 4-H & Youth, Agriculture, Conservation, Home Landscapes, Natural Resources, UF/IFAS Extension, , Work & Life
Tags: 4-H, Cabin Fever, COVID-19, Extension, Fresh Air, Hydration, Illness., Learning Virtually, Master Gardeners, Pesticide Exams, Sanity, Stay-cation, To-Do-List, Training, Work-at-home, Youth Development
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Pesticide CEU’s Available Online


March 27, 2020

Recently, all UF/IFAS Extension person-to-person meetings have been rescheduled for a later date. Due to health concerns, there will be no in-person Pesticide Training nor Pesticide Applicator Exams until further notice. If your license is ... READ MORE

Category: 4-H & Youth, Agriculture, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Natural Resources, Professional Development, UF/IFAS Extension, Work & Life
Tags: CEU's, Online Learning, Pest Control, Quarantine
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Indian River County Extension Updates: May 26, 2020


March 23, 2020

Indian River County Cooperative Extension office is open for telephone chats and e-mail. We will be accepting face to face appointments only for those who do not have access to e-mail or smart phone with proper masks worn. The Extension ... READ MORE

Category: 4-H & Youth, Agriculture, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Natural Resources, UF/IFAS Extension, , Work & Life
Tags: 2020 Updates, 4-H, COVID-19, Extension Offices, Indian River County, Master Gardeners, Pesticide Licensing, Rescheduling
UF community gardens adn bat houses. Photo taken on 04-14-17.

Companion Planting: A Beneficial Friendship

Horticulture Agent Nickie Munroe on telephone
February 14, 2019

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 it? Well look ... READ MORE

Category: Fruits & Vegetables, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Companion Gardening, Companion Planting, Fruits And Vegetables, Gardening, Horticulture, Leslie Nicole Munroe

2021 Indian River County Peanut Butter Challenge: What a Success!


February 1, 2022

The 2021 Peanut Butter Challenge was a tight race to the finish line as our 4-H clubs competed to bring in the most pounds. It was most certainly a race, but not a challenge this year, for the University of Florida Institute for Food ... READ MORE

Category: 4-H & Youth, Agriculture, Clubs & Volunteers, Community Volunteers, Crops, Events, Health & Nutrition, Home Landscapes, Natural Resources, SFYL Hot Topic, UF/IFAS Extension, Work & Life
Tags: Florida Peanut Association, Florida Peanut Growers, Food Drive, Peanut Butter, Peanut Butter Challenge, The Florida Peanut Producers Association, Treasure Coast Food Bank, UF/IFAS Extension In The Community
frost on grass

Cool Temperature Turf Grass Management

Horticulture Agent Nickie Munroe on telephone
November 15, 2021

It may seem laughable to most Americans that Florida does experience a "real winter". However, there are many who are very aware that the temperatures have dropped and that their plants are reacting to this change. The Master Gardeners often ... READ MORE

Category: Crops, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Home Management, Horticulture, Lawn, Pests & Disease, Pests & Disease, SFYL Hot Topic, Turf
Tags: Cool Weather Lawn, Florida Friendly Landscaping, Florida Friendly Lawn, St. Augustine Grass, Turf Dormancy, Water Wise
pretty pink UF poinsettias

Fall Plant Care for the Entertainment Season

Horticulture Agent Nickie Munroe on telephone
November 15, 2021

It is officially Fall. We have been given an extra hour of sleep. And we have been robbed of several degrees of warmth. We now have great weather for sipping warm drinks and working on our landscapes for the "Entertainment Season." Careful ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, SFYL Hot Topic, Water
Tags: Cold Protection, Fertilize Appropriately, FFL, Florida Friendly Landscaping, Holiday Plantings, Orchids & Cold, Plant Protection Recommendations, Tropical Plants, Water Wisely, Watering For Cold Protection
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Florida’s Great Pumpkins

Horticulture Agent Nickie Munroe on telephone
October 26, 2021

The Season for the Pumpkin The Autumn season screams cooler weather, warm colors, rich spices, and Pumpkin. I adore pumpkin, including all its many varieties. There are also many ways to prepare the winter squash, and I have not found a recipe ... READ MORE

Category: Agribusiness, Agriculture, Crops, Fruits & Vegetables, Health & Nutrition, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, SFYL Hot Topic, UF/IFAS Extension, UF/IFAS Research
Tags: Calabaza Pumpkin, Caribbean Calabaza, Gardening Solutions, Growing Pumpkins In Florida, Jarrahdale Pumpkin, Pie Pumpkin, Pumpkin Curry, Pumpkin Fritters, Pumpkin Recipes, Pumpkin Season, Pumpkin Varieties, Pumpkin-praline Cheesecake, Pumpkins, Queensland Blue Pumpkin, Sugar Pumpkin, Tropical Pumpkin, Tropical Pumpkin Recipes
Guacamole in a bowl

National Guacamole Day, September 16th

Horticulture Agent Nickie Munroe on telephone
October 26, 2021

September 16th is National Guacamole Day! Wait, I love Guacamole. How did I not hear about this before now? The Humble Avocado Here in Florida, early settlers to the state called them Alligator-pears. Where I grew up, we called them ... READ MORE

Category: Crops, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Fruits & Vegetables, Horticulture, Recreation, SFYL Hot Topic, UF/IFAS Extension, UF/IFAS Teaching
Tags: Alligator-pear, Avocado Cultivars, Avocado Growing In Florida, Avocado Recipes, Avocado-pear, Fresh From Florida Avocado, Game Day Snacks, Growing Avocado, Guacamole, Guacamole Recipes, National Guacamole Day

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