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May 2024 First Friday with Florida First Detector

Recap of May 2024 First Friday with Florida First Detector In May, we covered the basics of invasive snails and slugs. Snails and slugs are a type of mollusk called a gastropod. Slugs are different than snails in that they typically lack a visible shell. For slug identification, we look at characteristics like the body…

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April 2024 First Friday with Florida First Detector

Recap of April 2024 First Friday with Florida First Detector In April, we took a closer look at the pest group thrips (Order: Thysanoptera). While there are over 7,000 species of thrips around the world, only a handful of them are pests on plants. Most thrips feed on fungi or decaying matter like leaf litter.…

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Weed & Feed: Is It Helpful or Hurtful?

As I wait in line at the garden center to pay for my new spring plant purchase, I see big stacks of “weed & feed” and other lawn fertilizers conveniently located to grab and go on the way out the door.  The images of lush green grass and guarantees of a thicker lawn plus many…

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Spice Up Your Life: A Beginners Guide to Growing Basil

Are you a fan of fresh aromatic herbs in your dishes? If so, growing herbs right at home might just become your new favorite hobby. In this guide, we’ll explore how to grow basil from the comfort of your own home, including some commonly grown varieties that do well in Central Florida. We’ll also highlight…

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My Agroecology Journey

I started my journey as a farmer four years ago without experience (I have a bachelor’s in industrial design), but I knew I needed to find a way to do it right. Having all your money between soil, sun, and water is a considerable risk. Even though I didn’t have knowledge of how to make…

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Overcoming Chicken Challenges through Effective Coordination

The Burkinabe poultry sector can become safer and more productive by improved farm and market practices. This is not easy and does not happen overnight. However, this challenge does not stop a dedicated team of researchers under the leadership of Dr. Michel Dione from the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) from taking on this challenge.…

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Keeping Your Budget and Health on Track

When shopping for groceries you have a variety of food options to choose from that range in food costs. You may select healthy foods, for family or cultural preferences, or cost. With food costs continually on the rise you may think to yourself, can I eat healthy on a budget? The answer is yes you…

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Low-Maintenance Landscaping: Ferns

Dating back to 360 million years ago, ferns are one of the oldest plant lineages. They are a lovely choice for filling out shaded areas of the landscape. Keep reading to learn about some ferns that require minimal watering and care in Sarasota County. Note: The following information is adapted from the Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Plant Guide. Legend Apart…

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Celebrate Spring: Participate in No Mow March

No Mow March: A Celebration of Spring March is usually the start of a gentle transition from the chill of Florida’s winter to the warmth of spring. It’s also the time when homeowners may find themselves contemplating their landscaping routines. For many, the urge to mow and groom may be strong, but this year, let’s pause and consider a different…

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