Taste of Florida Agriculture 2016

Tallahassee may have been windy and gray last Wednesday, but that didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of those attending this year’s Taste of Florida Agriculture. Taste of Florida is attended by many agricultural organizations from around the state of Florida, including the Florida Department of Agriculture, the Florida Cattlemen’s Association, USDA, and, of course, UF/IFAS. One of the biggest draws to the UF/IFAS table was an  More»

Oyster Reefs

When you think of oysters, you probably imagine pearls or the tasty creature that lives inside that rough and wrinkled shell. But did you know that oysters (and those shells) play a critical role in coastal ecosystems? Oysters tend to grow on top of each other and old oyster shells, forming oyster reefs (also called oyster bars). This most commonly occurs in estuaries, where fresh water from rivers mixes with salty ocean  More»

How to Keep Cut Flowers Fresh and Vibrant

Ever wonder how you can keep cut flowers fresh and vibrant? Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and that means you might be receiving flowers from loved ones. After the initial oohs and ahs, many of us stick the bouquet in a vase with a little water and hope for the best, though this can often quickly lead to sad, droopy flowers—not very romantic. There are lots of recommendations out there for how to keep cut flowers fresh.  More»

Plant of the Month: Magnolia

This quinessential southern tree begins to bloom this time of year. Learn more about why magnolia is the plant of the month... Photo credits: UF/IFAS  More»

Potatoes Are in Season!

Potatoes are in season in Florida from February to June.1 This “humble” vegetable is known for its culinary versatility, but did you know that it’s also full of nutrients? Shop sustainably by looking for Florida-grown potatoes at grocery stores and farmers markets. Potato Facts Potatoes were first cultivated 7,000 to 10,000 years ago in what is now modern day Peru and Bolivia and were brought back to Europe by the Spanish  More»

Valentine’s Day Expectations

Whether you’re single or in a relationship, you probably have some Valentine's Day expectations. If you’re single, you might expect to feel a little lonely. If you’re in a relationship, you might expect particular romantic gestures from your partner (because your partner knows you so well and knows exactly what you want, right?). These expectations can sometimes make it hard for us to enjoy spending the day with ourselves or our  More»