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FEATURE STORY: Surprise! Florida Dead Last in 2012 Locavore Index

May 17, 2012 No Comments by

Well, maybe it is not such a surprise after all.  In a new national assessment of local-sourced food opportunities, Florida comes in at the very bottom.  The assessment was developed by Strolling of the Heifers, a Vermont-based sustainable food community, which is dedicated to protecting family farms and promoting locavorism. It is kind of a […]

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Local Organic CSA Garden Featured on NBC News Channel 8 On Your Side

May 16, 2012 No Comments by

TBN Gardens & Groves is a CSA garden in New Port Richey, Florida and the organization has been a long time supporter of Ecology Florida. The garden began as an experiment over ten years ago in permaculture organic gardening using heirloom vegetable seeds that are easily grown in the Gulf Coast environment. Over the years […]

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Recipe: Purslane & Grapefruit Smoothie

May 11, 2012 No Comments by

This was shared with us by Ecology Florida’s friend, Ann Scott. Did you know Purslane has more omega-3 fatty acids than in some of fish oils? If you aren’t familiar with the health benefits of Purslane, you can read all about it here. Enjoy! In it’s simplest form, I just pop a bunch of Purslane […]

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Major Media Ignoring The Reality of Climate Change?

Jan 09, 2012 No Comments by

The reality of climate change is increasingly obvious to most Floridians, and indeed people worldwide.   The economic and cultural consequences are also increasingly apparent.  Food prices continue to escalate, severe weather impacts more of us every year, electrical power consumption steadily increases, 20,000 species a year become extinct, diseases migrate, and we may be reaching […]

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93 Days In Jail For Vegetable Garden

Jul 15, 2011 No Comments by

Image Source Excerpt from Huffington Post article: This isn’t your typical, garden-variety crime. After a warning, a ticket and now a misdemeanor charge, an Oak Park, Mich., woman faces up to 93 days in jail for refusing to remove a vegetable crop from her front lawn. Julie Bass says that she thought it would be […]

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Growing Greener! A Sustainable Gardening Gathering

Jun 14, 2011 No Comments by

Growing Greener! Gulfport Organic Landscaping Days, a FREE family event, will be held Saturday, June 18th at the Gulfport Casino. Join us for a fun day of learning and activities. Lots of give-aways, live music and tasty fresh food. Growing Greener! is aiming for zero waste! Please bring your own eating utensils. Where:  Gulfport Casino, […]

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“Green” is Gold at USF

May 24, 2011 No Comments by

By Christian Wells In March of 2008, the Sustainable Endowment Institute’s College Sustainability Report Card informed the University of South Florida that we had earned a D+ in our efforts to “go green.” But all of this was set to change very rapidly over the next three years when, in April of 2008, USF President […]

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Telephone Town Call: Join the Planning Commission and Hillsborough County Residents

May 16, 2011 No Comments by

Editor’s Note: If you live in Hillsborough County and are interested in its future, mark May 17 on your calendar. This is an innovative program, and one EF fully supports. This planning event is a way for your voice to be heard. You can make a difference. It really is not too late. Via Hillsborough […]

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Small Farms and the Bigger Picture in Marion County

Apr 10, 2011 No Comments by

Thanks to the forward looking Marion County Extension Service and the Board of County Commissioners,  you can now easily find small farms and farmers in your area through their website. You will quickly discover that it is not just about farmers, but also a wide range of agricultural goods and services, from cattle and llamas […]

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USDA Mapping of Public Gardens

Mar 29, 2011 No Comments by

The USDA has launched a new database of what they’re calling ‘People’s Gardens’ in an effort to support the effort of communities around the country that are coming together to grow fresh food. USDA Press Release: [Excerpt] Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today urged people across the Nation to start People’s Gardens in their communities and […]

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