Archive for 2014

Public Service Commission Urged to Reject Venture-Fracking Scheme

Dec 21, 2014 No Comments by

ECFL News, Editorial Florida’s Public Service Commission (PSC) has the opportunity to act in the best interests of Florida’s environment and its citizens.  The PSC is the agency tasked with regulating fees and rates charged by utilities that operate in the state.  Florida Power and Light is petitioning the PSC to be allowed to charge […]

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Loquat Festival Newsletter #4

Dec 11, 2014 3 Comments by

Florida Loquat Festival News No. 4 - December 2014 Celebrating Florida’s Urban Fruit An Ecology Florida/Friendship Farms & Fare Annual Event Here is Your December issue of the Florida Loquat Festival News Your interest and support of the Florida Loquat Festival is appreciated.  We’ve added additional subscribers since our last issue, and we look forward to […]

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Multiple Stressors Impacting Honey Bee Colonies

Dec 04, 2014 No Comments by

by Melissa Gunter Pollen can be transferred via wind, gravity, water, mammals, birds, bats or insects. Out of the approximately 100 crop species that provide 90 percent of the world’s food, 71 are pollinated by bees. Pollination is necessary to begin seed and fruit production in flowers. Approximately 90 percent of all plant species require […]

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Commitment and Context: The Good Story of the Seed Kiosk in New Port Richey

Dec 02, 2014 6 Comments

Commitment and Context: The Good Story of the Seed Kiosk in New Port Richey Dell deChant New Port Richey has the only Seed Savers Exchange sales site in the Tampa Bay Region. Here you will find organic, heirloom seeds that serve to protect our seed heritage and promote sustainable gardening and growing. So, the dedication of […]

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Dow’s New Poison Threatens Bees

Nov 24, 2014 No Comments

Dow’s New Poison Threatens Bees Ecology Florida News Editorial “If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, then man would have only four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man.” – attributed to Albert Einstein. The EPA approved a powerful new […]

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Florida Loquat Festival News – #3

Nov 10, 2014 1 Comment

Florida Loquat Festival News - No. 3 November 2014 Celebrating Florida’s Urban Fruit An Ecology Florida/Friendship Farms & Fare Annual Event Welcome to the November issue of the Florida Loquat Festival News Thanks for your interest and support of the Florida Loquat Festival. We’ve added several more subscribers since our last issue, and we look forward […]

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Organic Heirloom Seeds Coming Soon to New Port Richey

Nov 02, 2014 3 Comments

Friendship Farms & Fare and Ecology Florida to Team with Market Off Main to Bring Seed Savers Exchange Seeds to New Port Richey. Ecology Florida Staff Florida’s West Coast finally has a source for heirloom, organic seeds from Seed Savers Exchange. Through a cooperative arrangement with Friendship Farms & Fare and Ecology Florida, the Market […]

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Seeds of Love Celebrated as CARES Grower of the Year

Oct 26, 2014 1 Comment

Ecology Florida Feature by Don Saunders Friendship Farms & Fare Partner, “Seeds of Love” Organic Farm, was awarded CARES Grower of the Year for their best management practices for use of water earlier this month at the Strawberry Festival Grounds in the Charlie Grimes Building, Plant City. CARES is the acronym for County Alliance for […]

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USF Students Learn to Harvest in New Port Richey Gardens

Oct 07, 2014 No Comments

Dirt was flying this Sunday as USF students visited Friendship Farm & Fare’s “South Garden” located in New Port Richey to help out with the Fall harvest. The students are part of a USF group called FARM–Food Activists Revolutionizing Meals–whose mission is to educate people about local farms and to learn about what those local farms […]

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Florida Loquat Festival News

Oct 04, 2014 No Comments

Florida Loquat Festival News Celebrating Florida’s Urban Fruit An Ecology Florida/Friendship Farms & Fare Annual Event Welcome to the Florida Loquat Festival News Welcome to the Florida Loquat Festival news bulletin.  Thanks for your continued interest in this wonderful springtime fruit, and our festival celebrating its seasonal bounty. The first annual Florida Loquat Festival was […]

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