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Sustainable Living

Our economy, culture, and quality of life are closely tied to the environment. Sustainable practices enable us to meet our current needs without compromising the next generation's ability to satisfy their own needs. We can preserve our natural heritage and conserve natural resources for the future by living sustainably.

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Beneficial Insects: Predators

Not every insect you see around your plants is harmful—some insects help the environment. Beneficial insects, which occur naturally in gardens, serve as good predators or pollinators. These useful predators also feed on many insects that are considered pests. The following hunters are important to integrated pest management programs: Assassin  More»


Eat Local: Tomatoes

Eating locally-sourced food has many advantages, including helping the local economy and protecting natural resources. Typically, local food is also fresher than food that has travelled many miles. It may not be possible to always eat local, but fortunately Florida residents have access to a variety of in-season produce grown close to home. The tomato, which is one crop that’s grown in Florida, is available every month of the year except  More»


Sustainable Valentine’s Day Tips

While Valentine’s Day is meant to give loved ones some extra affection, it’s also a great time to show the environment love. Even though Valentine’s Day is known for being pink, make it green this year with these sustainable tips. Give Valentine’s cards printed on recycled content, and recycle the cards you don’t choose to keep. You can also reduce paper waste by making your own cards from scrap paper or sending  More»


Using Dead Wood to Enhance Wildlife

Before removing dead wood from your property, considering their purposes can be a more eco-friendly way of mind. Three different types of deadwood—snags, logs, and brush piles—provide shelter, food, and support to an assortment of mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians. Snags Snags, which are standing dead trees, offer a variety of coverage for wildlife. Many of these trees develop hollows or holes  More»


Homemade Household Cleaners

Save extra money by learning how to make your own household cleaners out of basic ingredients.  More»

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