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April 2024: UF/IFAS Extension Polk County Events

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March 15, 2024

Unearth the Excitement: UF/IFAS Extension Polk County Events Welcome to a season of discovery and community at UF/IFAS Extension Polk County! As we welcome the vibrant hues of spring, we’re excited to unveil a series of enthralling events ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Conservation, Events, Fruits & Vegetables, Home Landscapes, Recreation
Tags: Central Florida, Florida Ecosystem, Polk County, Polkpesttraining, Vermicomposting

Consumers Trends of Locally Grown Produce / 2023 Fall Southwest Florida Small Farmers Network (SWFSFN)

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October 11, 2023

In recent years, consumers have been interested in locally grown products, creating a shift in how the public buys their food. Therefore, small farmers are now in the spotlight and have an opportunity to supply the demand for locally grown produce.   Local ... READ MORE

Category: Agribusiness, Agriculture, Crops, Events, Farm Management, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Extension, UF/IFAS Teaching
Tags: Farmers Markets, Florida_farms, Local Food, Produce, Small Farms, Southwest Florida Small Farms Network, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Polk County
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Florida Waters Stewardship Program (Polk County)

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August 5, 2023

Have you ever wondered about the intricate ways we interact with water? Water plays a crucial role in our daily lives, from the water we drink to the landscapes we admire. It shapes our environment, our culture, and our future. Typically, ... READ MORE

Category: Community Volunteers, Conservation, Events, Natural Resources, Professional Development, Water
Tags: Ecosystem Services, Environmental Literacy, Florida, Lakes, Natural Resources, Polk County, Shannon Carnevale, Stormwater, Sustainable Living, Water

Considerations When Selecting Subtropical/Tropical Fruit Crops in Florida / 2023 Summer Southwest Florida Small Farmer Network (SWFSFN) Meeting.

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May 26, 2023

Florida is among the only places in the USA where we can grow subtropical and tropical fruit crops. This is because Florida has the necessary climatic and soil conditions that allow farmers to grow these types of crops, as well as an established ... READ MORE

Category: Agribusiness, Agriculture, Crops, Events, Farm Management, Horticulture, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Extension, UF/IFAS Research, UF/IFAS Teaching,
Tags: Agriculture, Pine Island, Small Farms, Southwest District, Southwest Florida Small Farms Network, Tropical Fruit Crop, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Polk County
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Bioblitzing: Leveraging Community Science Techniques for Land Management

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May 25, 2023

In this immersive two-day program, you will acquire the skills necessary to host a successful BioBlitz survey and utilize the collected data for effective land management. The course is designed for local land managers, biologists, non-profit ... READ MORE

Category: Conservation, Events, Invasive Species, Natural Resources
Tags: BioBlitz, Central Florida, CEU Opportunity, Citizen Science, Conservation, Florida Ecosystem, Invasive Species, Nature, Polk County, Shannon Carnevale
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Summer Camp: Out in the Sunshine

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May 22, 2023

Calling all nature explorers! Join UF/IFAS Extension at our first weeklong summer camp at the Florida Children's Museum at Bonnet Springs Park in Lakeland! Join us as we explore wildlife, botany, insects, and nature through crafts, activities, ... READ MORE

Category: Camp, Events, Horticulture, Natural Resources
Tags: #UFBugs, 4-H, 4-H Youth, A Yasalonis, Anne Yasalonis, Events, Florida Wildlife, Florida-Friendly, Gardening, Kids, Master Gardener, Master Gardener Volunteer, Nature
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Happy Birthday! The Master Gardener Volunteer Program Turns 50!

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March 20, 2023

This year, the Master Gardener Volunteer program celebrates its fiftieth year. Programs across the United States (and beyond) are recognizing the extraordinary accomplishments the program has made in so many communities. Additionally, March ... READ MORE

Category: Community Volunteers, Events, Home Landscapes, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Gardening, Master Gardener, Master Gardener Volunteer, Polk County, Polk County FL, Polkgardening, Polkmg, UF/IFAS, Volunteers

The Importance of Beekeeping and Polk County 4-H Beginner Beekeeping Workshop

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February 13, 2023

Beekeeping is an important aspect of agriculture in Florida and offers numerous opportunities for youth to learn and develop important life skills. By participating in a beginner beekeeping class, youth can develop skills such as communication, ... READ MORE

Category: 4-H & Youth, Agriculture, Events, Livestock
Tags: 4-H, 4-H Youth, Beekeeping, Bees, Honeybees, Polk Small Farms, Polk4H, UF/IFAS Polk County

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