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Category: Health & Nutrition

Indian River County Extension Peanut Butter Challenge 2021

tubs full of jarred peanut butter

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 statewide… Read More

My Covid-19 Vaccination Journey

Cars in line at vaccination site

By Violet Krochmalny and Christine Kelly-Begazo. Update: On April 28th, the Florida Department of Health and Indian River County Emergency Services announced the closing of the COVID-19 vaccination site at the Indian River Fairgrounds. The… Read More

Hurricane Prep for your Pool

Concrete swimming pool

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… Read More

Gardening with Ginger and Turmeric

Here in South Florida there are many species of spices we can grow in our gardens.  Ginger, Zingiber officinale, and Turmeric, Curcuma longa, are just two popular spices that can grow well in our Florida… Read More

Cover Cropping in Summer

Sunflowers as cover crop, UF/IFAS photo by Tyler Jones

In the Wilting Heat Many Floridians choose not to grow any edibles during the summer in order to let the garden beds rest.  It is generally a hostile time of year to be doing very… Read More

Beautiful Bromeliads and Mischievous Mosquitoes

blooming burgundy bromeliad in the morning sun

In January, 2016, I moved back to Florida from another southern state.  It was great to see familiar plants and to be able to go to the beach again.I love the dizzying varieties of beautiful… Read More

COVID-19 and UF/IFAS Extension

Updated 03/16/20 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… Read More

Indian River County Extension Accepts Peanut Butter Challenge

A line of peanut butter jars along countertop

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… Read More

Symptoms of Dehydration: Summer Survival

Johnson Beach at the Gulf Islands National Seashore near Pensacola, Florida, photographed for the Naturally Escarosa phone application.

By Joshua Kutyna, Indian River Extension Program Assistant for Nickie Munroe Everyone is out enjoying the beauty of Florida. It is easy to forget how dangerous it can be to stay outside for prolonged periods… Read More