The COVID-19 pandemic has caused major disruptions to Florida food markets. Sales of food products to restaurants and schools have fallen drastically. Some farmers markets have closed. Sales through grocery stores spiked upward initially, but… Read More
Category: UF/IFAS Extension
The University of Florida/IFAS Cooperative Extension Service (“UF/IFAS Extension”) oversees the State of Florida’a Master Gardener program. The Master Gardener program trains and maintains horticulture volunteers for UF/IFAS Extension throughout the State of Florida. The… Read More
Q and A: I have heard that there are 12 Florida native palms, but only two that are endemic to Florida. What are the names of these two palms?
From T. Bates, by email Answer Although there are 12 palms native to Florida, only two have been determined to be endemic to Florida. A plant native to Florida may also be native to other… Read More
Interested in growing your own small food related business? Agents Roy Beckford and Jennifer Hagen of the Lee County Extension Office can help. The Urban Gardening and Micro-Business class series will introduce practical and technical concepts… Read More
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Interested in starting a new food related business in Lee County but confused as to what regulatory agency regulates what in Florida? There are three main agencies that regulate food establishments in Florida: the Department of Health, the… Read More
Q and A: I noticed mushrooms growing under my oak tree. They barely make it out of the ground and never get too big. In the end, they break open and expel a lot of black dust. What are they and will they hurt my tree?
From David, Lehigh Acres Answer: This is a species of Scleroderma. These are ectomycorrhizal fungi that form symbiotic relationships with some tree, particularly pines and oaks here in Florida, but also some other species (for… Read More