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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 such a big… Read More

EVENT: Lost in label-land? We can help.

food labeling illustration

Organic. Free range. Natural. USDA certified. Grown locally. Cage free. NSF. FSIS. Choice. Prime. Locally sourced. Get dizzy trying to keep up with – let alone make sense of – the array of labels and acronyms and designations on… Read More

USDA conservation stewardship enrollment

florida scrub jay perches in the wild

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced a May 10 deadline to apply for the Conservation Stewardship Program, a federal effort to encourage environmentally friendly agricultural practices. Information was disseminated in a news release, as follows: USDA Announces… Read More

CLASS: Meet the plant — Cucurbitaceae

pumpkins, melons, gourds and other cucurbitaceae

Our ‘Meet the Plant’ Series is an introduction to plant families of important agricultural and cultural crop plants. Each month, we will discuss the natural history, center of origin, phytochemistry, and agricultural history of different species within the… Read More

Meet Local Sarasota Farmers on the March 18 Eat Local Farm Tour

The public is welcome to register for a March 18 bus tour of five innovative small farms in Sarasota County, an opportunity for locavores to meet local food growers on their farms and learn about this exciting aspect of the local… Read More

SW Florida Small Farmers Network meets March 13 at Jubilee

Farmers discuss activity during a workshop

Join us for a special March 13 meeting of the Southwest Florida Small Farmers Network at Jubilee Farm in Bradenton, and learn how farmer-to-farmer networks can help you. Farmer-to-farmer networks, like the Southwest Florida Small Farmers Network (SWFSFN),… Read More