Hi! I’m Karen Stauderman, a Commercial Horticulture Extension Agent for the University of Florida based out of Volusia County. Often in extension, we receive lots of questions on what to grow in Florida to make money or what may be successful ... READ MORE
Florida’s climate is unique and robust in the fact that we can plant and harvest year-round. However, there are some plants that thrive best in the right conditions. Our fall growing season runs from September to February with our spring growing ... READ MORE
The purpose of plant and soil sampling is to identify what nutrients are prevalent or lacking that the plant or soil may need to thrive. Plant infection can be a result of diseases, pests, lack of nutrients from soils, and simply being planted ... READ MORE
Producers have implemented Best Management Practices (BMPs) that maintain or improve water quality, quantity, and soil conditions on their farms for many years. For the purposes of the Florida Department of Agricultural and Consumer Services ... READ MORE
August in Florida signals the start of grape harvesting. Vineyards through the south begin the task of picking the ripe crop off the vines, crushing then pressing the skins and fermenting the juice.
After years of harvesting vineyards by hand, ... READ MORE
Do you know how much water you use on a daily basis? Have you heard of virtual water? Did you know that water is used to create nearly every product out there, including our food? Last Water Wednesday, we invited the Sustainable Ag and Food ... READ MORE
Have you heard of FAWN? What is FAWN? FAWN is Florida Automated Weather Network. It is a University of Florida-operated service aiding agricultural decision-makers statewide since 1997. Last Water Wednesday, we invited the Project Manager of ... READ MORE
In April, the UF/IFAS Extension Commercial Horticulture, Family and Consumer Sciences, and Family Nutrition Program agents and staff teamed up to deliver a joint event serving hundreds of Volusia County residents at the Deland Farmers Market.
Commercial ... READ MORE
Volusia County is recognized as the “Fern Capital of the World”. Unfortunately, it has suffered setbacks from both Hurricane Matthew (2016) and Irma (2017) due to the damaging high winds. Both hurricanes directly hit Volusia during the consecutive ... READ MORE
In October, a team of 24 University of Florida Extension horticulture extension personnel and interested guests recently explored a Horticulture and Cultural Tour of Southern Spain. One of the early visits included an exclusive meeting with ... READ MORE