Tag Archive: local

So What’s Good with Local Seafood?

Shrimping in the Gulf of Mexico.Photo: NOAA Actually, if you like seafood – it’s all good! However, not everyone does and sometimes when this question is asked they are interested in not how it taste but where the seafood came from.   In recent years, there has been a move across the country to learn …

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Permanent link to this article: http://walton.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/08/18/so-whats-good-with-local-seafood/

Enjoying Local Seafood; What’s in Peak Season for February?

There has been an increase interest, from both visitors and residents, in purchasing local seafood.  Here we are going to define local seafood as anything caught or grown within 200 miles of your location.  For Pensacola that includes Alabama, Mississippi, and much of Louisiana; for St. Mark’s that would include the Big Bend and much …

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Permanent link to this article: http://walton.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/02/08/enjoying-local-seafood-whats-in-peak-season-for-february/

Florida Master Naturalist projects impact local communities

On “project day” students share their knowledge with the class. Photo credit: Carrie Stevenson The Florida Master Naturalist Program is a 40-hour experiential learning course offered by UF IFAS Extension. While we spend time in class with presentations, by far everyone’s favorite aspects of the course are field trips and “project day.” As part of …

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Permanent link to this article: http://walton.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/02/05/florida-master-naturalist-projects-impact-local-communities/

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://walton.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/08/24/local-and-seasonal-foods-august/

Cashing In at “Local” Markets

Local food sales in the Florida Panhandle were valued at $ 543 million in 2012. Photo credit: IFAS Archive The local foods movement is a trend which has turned into a game changer. In 2012, local food sales in the Florida Panhandle alone have been valued at $ 543 million. Indicators suggest more consumers are …

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Permanent link to this article: http://walton.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/04/25/cashing-in-at-local-markets/

Black Twig Borers in Local Trees

  Common symptoms of the black twig borer. Image Credit Matthew Orwat UF IFAS Extension Q. Small branches are dying in some of my trees. What’s causing this?  A. More than likely the culprit is the Black Twig Borer. This very small beetle, about 1/16 inch long, has been active this year.  Common trees attacked …

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Permanent link to this article: http://walton.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2013/12/17/black-twig-borers-in-local-trees/

New Leaf Market sponsors Tour of Local Farms – 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://walton.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2013/10/12/new-leaf-market-sponsors-tour-of-local-farms-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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Permanent link to this article: http://walton.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2013/08/12/support-farmers-buy-local/

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://walton.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://walton.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2012/10/20/ufifas-extension-collecting-peanut-butter-donations-for-local-food-pantries/