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Category: Natural Resources

Energy Upgrade: Efforts to boost energy efficiency during COVID-19

March 2021 Training Since 2018, Sarasota County Sustainability has offered an intensive “Energy Coach” volunteer training to teach participants energy and water-saving techniques to aid low-income residents through educational programs and in-home “energy sweeps.” Typically, the… Read More

Master Gardener Volunteers on… Mexican petunias

An assortment of petunias: "Purple showers," Mexican petunia (Ruellia simplex), and wild petunia (Ruellia caroliniensis)

By Renee Stevens Master Gardener Volunteer Program team member Mexican petunia (Ruellia simplex, syn. Ruellia brittoniana) has a lot going for it. This native of Mexico, the Caribbean and South America is a colorful blue-to-purple… 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

Master Gardener Volunteers on… invasive plants

Invasive air potato vines crowd out native Florida plant species. [CREDIT: UF/IFAS]

By Jill Halman Master Gardener Volunteer Program team member Florida. What a wonderful place to live. Beaches, sunshine, water. And an amazing array of beautiful, colorful plants that can thrive here, including orchids, bromeliads, flowering… Read More

Feliz Día Mundial de los Océanos! #OceansDayChallenge

¡Hoy es el Día Mundial de los Océanos! Un día que se creó hace 29 años para celebrar nuestros océanos y crear conciencia para su protección y conservación. A pesar de que dependemos de nuestros… Read More