News & Updates

Adopt-a-Tree 2023

As you get ready for 2023, why not add planting a new tree to your list? Adopt-a-Tree makes it easy. If you are not familiar with Adopt-a-Tree, here is a quick synopsis. Adopt-a-Tree events seek to give Orange County Residents an opportunity to expand their landscape by giving away, or adopting, trees. Trees in the…

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Frost Protection

    Photo: c/o Subscription Service With three days of hard freeze already this winter and another weekend of freezing temps ahead, our gardens need us to brush up on frost protection. When does frost occur? Frost, which is a layer of ice crystals, is formed when water vapor on a plant condenses and freezes without first becoming…

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New Year, New Farm Goals

New Year’s resolutions are a trending topic at the start of 2023. It is a great time to step back to evaluate and reflect  on where you are at and where you aspire to be. So what is on your list this year? Maybe it’s to start a farm, start growing a new crop, increase…

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“Ground” Yourself By Planting Florida Native Plants

Most gardeners everywhere enjoy the rewarding experience of being “grounded”, so to speak, by planting and maintaining beautiful garden spaces.  And what better way to become grounded in our local environment than by including Florida’s native plants in our landscapes?  The benefits of native plants are tremendous! Beauty Our area continues to experience tremendous…

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Delicious Tea

Tea has many benefits. Because there are so many types of tea, it is the second most popular drink after water. You can drink it cold or hot, and the health benefits will be the same. There is herbal tea, green tea, black tea, and many others. Let’s talk about the health benefits of tea.…

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Motivation to Move More and Sit Less

No matter your age our lifestyles have become very sedentary. Yet getting enough physical activity is a critical factor in our health status. Adequate physical activity helps your body function properly, improves sleep habits, and can reduce the risk for many chronic diseases that limit your lifestyle and life expectancy. What limits us from moving…

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January First Friday with Florida First Detector

Recap of January First Friday with Florida First Detector       Bagrada bug, Bagrada hilaris, Photo: Natasha Wright, Braman Termite & Pest Elimination In January, we talked all about stink bugs and other hemipteran insects. We focused on invasive insects in the subfamily Heteroptera. The subfamily Heteroptera includes not just stink bugs, but also lots of…

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Family Day at the Dairy Farm is Back!

Family Day at the Dairy Farm is an open house held on February 11, 2023, from 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM at the UF/IFAS Dairy Farm located in Alachua, Florida. The event has been moved to earlier in the year in hopes of avoiding bad weather. This event offers the community an opportunity to see a…

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