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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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ECO FLA supports Slow Food USA initiative-where’s the buzz?

Mar 15, 2011 No Comments by

According to Slow Food USA honey bees are under attack but, as of yet, no one knows just what the culprit might be. Since bees are responsible for helping us grow food by pollinating many of our crops, ECO FLA encourages supporters and sponsors to join with Slow Food USA in getting the attention of […]

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America’s New Farmers From Oregon to Florida

Mar 11, 2011 No Comments by

Are you young and want to be farmer?  If so, you are not alone. Although the majority of farmland in the United States is owned by farmers over 55, there is a growing trend of younger farmers making an effort to revive old school farming techniques. We are seeing this same trend in Florida, and […]

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Sea-level rise to impact Tampa, noted science author claims.

Feb 26, 2011 No Comments by

In an interview on PBS’s “Need to Know” (2/25/11), science author, Mark Hertsgaard, observed that in addition to the impact of sea-level rise due to climate-change on major cities like New York and San Francisco, “equally at risk is Tampa.”  In the video feed of the interview, there is a image of Tampa’s downtown waterfront, […]

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Seeking Balance in the Oyster Beds of Florida and Beyond

Feb 25, 2011 No Comments by

Oysters can certainly be a tasty treat and their purported side-effects are legendary, but increased libido is not the only reason to be interested in the future of these little creatures! Because oysters are big money makers and because we live an era of rampant irresponsibility, these mollusks are facing the very real dangers of […]

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