Tag Archive: local

Ground Pearls, the Peril of Local Lawns

Typical ground pearl damage to lawn. Photo Credit: Larry Williams There are numerous reasons why maintaining a North Florida lawn is challenging and ultimately frustrating. One such reason is ground pearls. Ground pearls, small-scale insects that bother turfgrass roots, are soil dwelling pests that are not much of a problem in northern lawns. But they …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/06/10/ground-pearls-the-peril-of-local-lawns/

Tropical Sod Webworms Active in Local Lawns

Tropical sod webworms have been active in local lawns during the past few weeks here in North Florida. All of our warm season turf grasses are susceptible to these pests. Sod webworms are not consistently a problem every year. Some years their numbers are low enough that they are not a problem. Some years we …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/09/03/tropical-sod-webworms-active-in-local-lawns/

Support Your Local Growers’ Markets

Carrots and squash at the Lake Ella Growers’ Market. Photo by Jennifer Taylor. When you think of farmers’ markets, what is that comes to mind? Is it the customers perusing the tables, the vendors organizing their displays, the variety of colors of the fruits and vegetables, the aromas of many types of baked breads, the …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/07/19/support-your-local-growers-markets/

Tupelo Honey – Rich in Local History and Medicinal Value

The Annual Tupelo Honey Festival will be held on Saturday, May 21st from 9 AM – 4 PM at Lake Alice Park in Wewahitchka. It’s an exciting event, and your chance to take part in this local delicacy. Area honey producers will be on hand, selling their honey in a variety of sizes. There will …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/06/13/tupelo-honey-rich-in-local-history-and-medicinal-value/

Local and Seasonal Foods: August

Local, seasonal food has been the subject of federal, state, and local government policy in recent years as consumer interest in and demand for this kind of food has grown.  In fact, research from the UF/IFAS Center for Public Issues Education (piecenter.com/local) shows Floridians spent $ 8.3 billion on local food in 2012. Not only …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/08/25/local-and-seasonal-foods-august/

Increasing Income from Calves Sold at your Local Livestock Market

There are a number of techniques to increase the values of calves sold at weaning. Photo credit: Doug Mayo While cattle producers have always worked hard to minimize input costs of their operation, there are also management practices that can increase the income from calves sold at your local livestock market. The weight and quality …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/05/16/increasing-income-from-calves-sold-at-your-local-livestock-market/

New Leaf Market sponsors Local Farm Tour – Oct 19 & 20

New Leaf Market 6th Annual Farm Tour New Leaf Market in Tallahassee has hosted a local farm tour for the past 6 years. The 2013 Farm Tour will be October 19 & 20. This much anticipated event has grown to become a Fall tradition and will feature over 41 sites. All tours are free to the …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2013/10/12/new-leaf-market-sponsors-local-farm-tour-oct-19-20/

Support Farmers, Buy Local

Consumers worldwide are rediscovering the benefits of buying locally grown food. However, this notion is not necessarily new. Farmers have been making their freshly produced wares available at local locations for years. So, why should anyone buy local?  Local produce is considered fresher, tastier, and more nutritious. Studies have shown that fresh produce loses nutrients quickly during transportation. …

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Consider Volunteering at a Local School

Image Credit: Eddie Powell Before the new school year begins for the kids in your county, consider volunteering at your local School Garden. School gardens offer benefits to volunteers and students that go beyond the classroom. They provide a platform for students, teachers, and members of the community to interact in an outdoor learning environment. This type of interaction creates opportunities for …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2013/07/15/consider-volunteering-at-a-local-school/

UF/IFAS Extension collecting peanut butter donations for local food pantries

Extension Offices across the Panhandle of Florida are collecting unopened peanut butter jars to give to local food pantries. Take a Bite Out of Hunger in Your County! UF/IFAS Extension and the Florida Peanut Producers have teamed up to promote a campaign to assist local food pantries all across the Panhandle of Florida.  Peanut butter …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2012/10/19/ufifas-extension-collecting-peanut-butter-donations-for-local-food-pantries/