Tag Archive: Benefits

Summer’s Harvest Brings Healthy Benefits

North Florida’s beautiful spring weather means we get to enjoy a variety of delicious, locally-grown fruits and veggies during the summer months.  Produce such as bell peppers, squash, tomatoes, greens, corn, cucumbers, okra, peas, eggplant, and a variety of melons are plentiful and fresh from late spring through early fall. The benefits of eating fresh …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/05/27/summers-harvest-brings-healthy-benefits/

Healthful Treats? You Betcha! Surprising health benefits of favorite seasonal treats

As we head into the season of overindulgence, it’s good to know that some holiday “treats” can actually be nutritiously guilt-free if we eat them in moderation. Read on to find the hidden health benefits of some classic favorites. Sweet Potatoes: Sure, it’s a no-brainer that sweet potatoes are a source of vitamins, but these …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/11/26/healthful-treats-you-betcha-surprising-health-benefits-of-favorite-seasonal-treats/

Converting Planted Pine to Silvopasture Benefits Cattle & Timber

  Silvopasture is an agricultural practice co-managing trees, forage, and livestock. Photo credit: Doug Mayo Silvopasture is an agroforestry practice where a combination of trees, forage, and livestock are  jointly managed to optimize production of all three. The term “silvopasture” means “forest-pasture,” where “silvo” is derived from a Latin word that means “forest.” Silvopasture can …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/01/30/converting-planted-pine-to-silvopasture-benefits-cattle-timber/

Dormant Oil: Apply in Late Winter for Spring Benefits

The magnolia white scale, Phenacaspis cockerelli, is also called false oleander scale. Image credit http://entomology.ifas.ufl.edu/creatures/orn/scales/false_oleander_scale.htm Many fruit and ornamental shrubs and trees suffer from scale insects throughout the year. Most of the time home gardeners notice these insects in the spring or summer, because their exudate is the primary substrate for sooty mold growth. Although …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/01/27/dormant-oil-apply-in-late-winter-for-spring-benefits/

Leaf Litter: Do the Benefits Outweigh the Work?

Fallen leaves add much to the landscape. They feed the plants and many insect, retain water, and help stabilize the soil For the homeowner who feels the need to rake leaves and pine needles, the task can be something of a minor nuisance. The showers of earth-toned leftovers appear suddenly and at inconvenient times, and …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/01/23/leaf-litter-do-the-benefits-outweigh-the-work/

Benefits of Volunteering With 4-H

Volunteer teaching local youth how to build underwater robots. The goal of 4-H is to teach youth life skills.  In so doing, we find that we also equip them with marketable skills, a sense of belonging, and a sense of self-worth, each of which makes them more apt to be successful.  However, besides the most …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2013/10/11/benefits-of-volunteering-with-4-h/

Benefits of Prescribed Burning

Above is a video of a recent prescribed burn in Walton County. Benefits of Summer Prescribed Burns Most landowners think of winter months (Dec-Feb) when it comes to control burning the piney woods. But once your pine trees start reaching mature heights (50-70 feet) and have been burned previously to reduce understory, summer burns become …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2013/08/03/benefits-of-prescribed-burning/