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Florida-Friendly Gardening Therapy


January 27, 2021

For a while, I was OK with COVID. Not happy, but you could say “average.” After almost a year of this pandemic, like most folks, COVID fatigue has set in for me. When the pandemic struck, I needed to find something I could control. With ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Home Management, Horticulture, Lawn, Turf, UF/IFAS
Tags: Drought Tolerant, Featured, FFL, Florida Friendly Landscaping, Florida Friendly Plants, Florida Yard, Garden Therapy, Jennifer Hagen, Landscape Design, Lee County, Native Landscaping, Pollinators, Right Place, Right Plant, Sustainable Landscaping, UF/IFAS, Water Efficiency, Wellness

Beyond Cottage Food Products: What’s pH have to do with it?


April 24, 2019

Florida’s Cottage Food Law allows food entrepreneurs to use their home kitchen to produce food products that are considered not potentially hazardous. Gross sales for a cottage food operation must not exceed $50,000 annually, require no license ... READ MORE

Category: Food Safety
Tags: Acidified, BBQ Sauce, Canned Food, Canned Fruits And Vegetables, Cottage Food, Farmers Market, Flavored Oils, Food Business, Food Entrepreneurship, Food Safety, Hot Sauces, Low Acid, Marinades, Matt Krug, Pepper Jelly, PH, Pickles, Processing, Salsas, Sauces, Value Added
bee on honeycomb

Selling Honey Under Florida’s Cottage Food Law


September 17, 2018

What is the buzz around Florida’s Cottage Food law? Are you a Florida beekeeper and interested in selling your honey under cottage food law, but uncertain of the rules and regulations? Beekeepers are permitted to sell raw honey as a cottage ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Food Safety, Horticulture, Livestock, UF/IFAS, Work & Life
Tags: Beekeepers, Beekeeping, Bees, Cottage Food Operator, Cottage Foods, Honey, Jennifer Hagen, Lee County, Manufacturing Honey
Sea Grant Fish Handling

Fact Sheet: Handling the Fish You Catch


May 23, 2018

One of the joys of fishing is eating the fish you catch, but you may find your catch doesn't taste as fresh as expected. Fish must be handled properly or they will spoil quickly. In addition to disappointing taste, fish stored or processed improperly ... READ MORE

Category: Coasts & Marine, Food Safety, Health & Nutrition, Natural Resources, Recreation, Water, Wildlife
Tags: Fact Sheet, Factsheet, Fishing, Florida Sea Grant, Joy Hazell, Lee County, Recreational Fishing, Sea Grant
Watermelon & Corn

Event: Lee County Urban Gardening and Micro Business Course


January 2, 2018

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

Category: Agribusiness, Agriculture, Events, Food Safety, Fruits & Vegetables, Horticulture, Pests & Disease, UF/IFAS Extension, Work & Life
Tags: Agriculture, Backyard Chickens, Bees, Cottage Food, Family And Consumer Sciences, Food Business, Food Safety, Gardening, Jennifer Hagen, Lee County, Micro Business, Permaculture, Poultry, Regulations, Roy Beckford, Urban Agriculture
Plate w spoons and salad

How to: Demystify Florida’s Food Safety Regulating Agencies


December 8, 2017

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, ... READ MORE

Category: Agribusiness, Agriculture, Food Safety, UF/IFAS Extension, Work & Life
Tags: Cottage Food, DBPR, Family And Consumer Sciences, FDACS, Food Business, Jennifer Hagen, Lee County, Regulations

Q and A: I have an open aerator on my water system that now smells like rotten eggs. Do you have any ideas for troubleshooting this problem?


May 13, 2017

from G.M., via e-mail Answer: Hydrogen sulfide or sulfur is a naturally occurring contaminant, which gives water a disagreeable "rotten egg" odor and taste. Hydrogen sulfide is a gas that is found in well water and makes water corrosive to ... READ MORE

Category: Home Management, Natural Resources, Water
Tags: Aerator, Hydrogen Sulfide, Lee County, Rotten Egg Smell, Roy Beckford, Southwest, Sulfur, Well Water

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