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Category: Agriculture

Jumping and crawling insects that want to suck your blood- Halloween Edition Part 2

Although mosquitoes are the first insect we think of when talking blood-feeding insects-  there are a few others that can make our skin crawl at the thought of them on us or in our homes…. Read More

Flying insects that want to suck your blood-Halloween Edition Part 1

Of the one million identified insect species worldwide, less than 1% are considered true pests. Those pest insects are either harmful to us, to our food crops, or to our homes. They can also cause… Read More

EVENT: Sustainable Communities Workshop

Audience members and a videographer take in the action at the 2018 Sustainable Communities Workshop

The 14th Annual Sustainable Communities Workshop, “Growing Greener Generations,” will bring the community together for a day-long workshop Nov. 14 to discuss sustainability priorities. Our expert speakers will provide up-to-date information on several different sustainability… Read More

Tree-juvenation?

Trees line and shade a roadway.

Communities derive many benefits from their urban forests, including improved air quality, increased stormwater filtration, reduced heat island effects, and positive physical and mental health impacts. A 2013 tree canopy study in Sarasota County indicated… Read More

Sarasota County ag community prepares for storm issues

A Sarasota County barn shows severe damage from a recent storm

By SARAH BOSTICK Sustainable Agriculture Agent UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County Preparing for hurricanes and other natural disasters is a very big job in our state, and one not limited to our urban areas. It is… Read More

Controlling insects naturally

a collection of twospotted mites on a green background. twospotted mites are a major pest on more than 200 species of plants

Summer is the season… for checking landscape plants for insects before they devour your plants with their ravenous appetite.   Conservative estimates state there are over 12,000 species of insects in Florida, so it’s no wonder… Read More

Workshop to offer multi-generational perspectives fostering stronger sustainable communities

Children learning to garden from an adult

Under the “Growing Greener Generations” theme, the 14th Annual Sustainable Communities Workshop is set for Nov. 14, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The workshop will draw together residents of all ages, business owners and employees, non-profit leaders,… Read More