SmartIrrigation Avocado App

Learn how to use the new SmartIrrigation Avocado smartphone app with this step-by-step guide. More...  More»

What Is a Water Footprint?

You’ve probably heard the term “carbon footprint,” but have you heard of a “water footprint”? A water footprint refers to how much consumptive freshwater a product, person, or land area uses. (Consumptive water is water that becomes temporally unavailable due to evaporation or quality decline.) The water footprint calculation was developed by the Water Footprint Network and  More»

Encouraging Children to Play Outside

With so many games and movies available on TVs and iPads, your child may feel less motivated to ride a bike, swim in the pool, or play in the backyard this summer. However, children need at least one hour of physical activity each day to maintain a healthy lifestyle. When children play outside regularly, they create healthy habits, become more creative, develop motor skills, and build stronger bones. Not only that, but active children feel  More»

Community Gardens and Food Safety

Community gardens are spaces where people share the duties and rewards of gardening. These collaborative efforts can be found throughout the country, including Florida. Shared gardens provide gardening opportunities and add beauty to communities. They are also a source of fresh produce for the community, but you need to make sure the food is safe to eat. Follow these recommendations to ensure food safety and to prevent foodborne illness in  More»

Home Energy Conservation

Lights, Water Heaters, & Appliances Turn off lights when you leave a room. Switch to compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs — or other efficient bulbs — in lighting fixtures. Run dishwashers and washing machines with full loads. Use the appropriate load settings. If you're buying new appliances, look for ones with the ENERGY STAR® logo. Set your water heater thermostat to 120°F. Clean your dryer's lint screen before running a new  More»

Sea Turtles

UF/IFAS wildlife expert Dr. Mark Hostetler talks about the sea turtles that live around Florida and ways to help them. More...  More»