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Category: Agriculture

Wild Sarasota Spotlight: comBATting bat myths

Swooping through the night sky, many people are quick to decry bats as blood suckers, rabies vectors, and a general nuisance. However, these miraculous flying mammals pose little risk to humans and are actually essential… Read More

Growing Florida-friendly, with Sarasota County Extension Master Gardener Volunteers

Pentas, with tiger swallowtail. [CREDIT: UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County, Wilma Holley]

By Donna Alese Cooke Residential Horticulture Agent UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County Over the past 15 years, UF/IFAS Extension Master Gardener Volunteers of Sarasota County have worked tirelessly on an endeavor close to their hearts: their… Read More

Master Gardener Volunteers on… wicked wedelia

Yellow, wedelia flowers bloom, en masse, in a lush field. [CREDIT: Pixabay.com]

By Rita Dadzis Master Gardener Volunteer Program team member Oh, wedelia. Why do you? Wedelia is a beautiful plant, with a thick mat of green leaves and pretty, bright-yellow, daisy-like flowers that bloom year-round. It’s… Read More

NRCS offering conservation aid for farmers, ranchers

A rainbow over a southern Florida ranch highlights prairie, grasslands, and palm trees. [CREDIT: UF/IFAS, Tom Wright]

The Natural Resources Conservation Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture sent the following information June 21, re the environmental quality incentives program (EQIP): Assistance Helps Farmers and Ranchers Conserve Natural Resources Application deadline for… Read More

Dig-in to school gardens on June 17 with our School Garden Workshop 2021

As we complete another school year and segue into summer, we celebrate our school gardens with our annual school garden workshop. Join us June 17 for this free event, as we dig in to school… Read More

IFAS seeks input on urban agriculture issues, priorities

various fruits and vegetables arranged for photographic display, including apples, carrots, bananas, peppers, mangos and more

The UF/IFAS College of Agricultural Life and Sciences sent the following request May 26, re an urban agriculture survey: Tell us about your urban agriculture needs, barriers, and opportunities. Dr. Catherine Campbell at the University… Read More

NRCS sets workshop for financial, technical aid for ag producers

Frog Song farm field manager Jaime Panzo bundles carrots. [CREDIT: US Dept. of Agriculture]

The Natural Resources Conservation Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture sent the following information May 26, re the conservation stewardship program: For Immediate Release Contact: Renee Bodine, 352-338-9565 Workshop Explains NRCS Financial and Technical… Read More

Edible Gardening Series: Question of the Week – citizen scientist in the garden

fresh garden vegetables

By Carol Wyatt-Evens and Sarah Bostick Gardening in Florida can be incredibly rewarding and incredibly frustrating, at the same time. If you are new to the region, you soon learn that gardening in the Sunshine… Read More

Edible Gardening Series: Question of the Week – fertilizer and plant nutrients

fresh garden vegetables

By Carol Wyatt-Evens and Sarah Bostick Gardening in Florida can be incredibly rewarding and incredibly frustrating, at the same time. If you are new to the region, you soon learn that gardening in the Sunshine… Read More

Edible Gardening Series: Question of the Week – mulch

fresh garden vegetables

By Carol Wyatt-Evens and Sarah Bostick Gardening in Florida can be incredibly rewarding and incredibly frustrating, at the same time. If you are new to the region, you soon learn that gardening in the Sunshine… Read More