Guest Column: Why Farmers Markets are Safer and More Convenient than Grocery Stores

Sep 08, 2020 Comments Off on Guest Column: Why Farmers Markets are Safer and More Convenient than Grocery Stores by

BY JESSE HASKINS • AGRICULTURE LAW Buying groceries at a grocery store right now can be downright scary. Vulnerable groups, like the elderly, have good reason to be scared. Grocery stores have drawn especially large crowds, which may consist of people infected with the coronavirus. And grocery stores have plenty of potentially contaminated surface: grocery carts, tongs, self-serve […]

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Ecology Florida Announces New Vice President

Sep 06, 2020 No Comments by

Ecology Florida has elected Jesse Haskins to serve as vice president.  Jesse Haskins is an attorney who dedicated his law practice to strengthening our local food systems. He offers legal services to small scale agricultural enterprises. Jesse Haskins is excited about serving as vice president of Ecology Florida because of the organization’s emphasis on local food systems. Ecology […]

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Guest Column: Local Food, National Security

Aug 20, 2020 Comments Off on Guest Column: Local Food, National Security by

BY JESSE HASKINS • AGRICULTURE LAW Photo: American Phytopathological Society, Rye infected with ergot In 6th century B.C.E., the Assyrians, in modern day Iraq, poisoned enemy wells with rye ergot, a fungus disease. Imagine seeing a person suffering ergotism. The first victim of bioterrorism in recorded history may have felt a violent burning. “Holy fire” became the nickname […]

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COVID-19 Pandemic Reveals Frailty of America’s Food System

May 15, 2020 No Comments

COVID-19 Pandemic Reveals Frailty of America’s Food System Dell deChant By now most Americans have seen images of long lines at food banks around the nation – thousands of cars bumper to bumper in Cleveland, San Antonio, Minneapolis, Pittsburg, and many other cities.  The images are devastating.  How could this happen? The question echoes across […]

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Florida Loquat News #38 – March 2020

Mar 03, 2020 No Comments

Florida Loquat News #38 The Newsletter of The Florida Loquat Festival No. 38 March 4, 2020 Celebrating Florida’s Urban Fruit An Ecology Florida/Friendship Farms & Fare Annual Event LESS THAN A MONTH AWAY Seventh Annual Florida Loquat Festival March 21, 2020 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (Educational Program 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.) Frances Avenue […]

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Florida Loquat News #35 – July 2019

Jun 12, 2019 No Comments

Florida Loquat News The Newsletter of The Florida Loquat Festival Celebrating Florida’s Urban Fruit No. 35 July 1, 2019 Published by Ecology Florida and Friendship Farms & Fare https://www.ecologyflorida.org/ Find the Florida Loquat Festival on Facebook Here is Your Post-Festival issue of the Florida Loquat News 2019 Annual Loquat Festival Tremendous Success Largest Attendance in Festival […]

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Florida Loquat News #33 – March 2019

Mar 06, 2019 No Comments

The Newsletter of The Florida Loquat Festival No. 33 March 8, 2019 Celebrating Florida’s Urban Fruit An Ecology Florida/Friendship Farms & Fare Annual Event Here Comes the Festival! Sixth Annual Florida Loquat Festival March 23, 2019 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Frances Avenue Park New Port Richey Mark Your Calendars The sixth annual Florida Loquat […]

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500 Million Plastic Straws a Day? Let’s Go With the Paper

Sep 12, 2018 2 Comments

Part I of a three-part series on plastics an Ecology Florida Editorial A trending ecological initiative is the contra-straw movement.  USA Today has a good short article on the “anti-straw movement,” and Fast Company has an article about cities that have banned or are considering banning the plastic drinking tubes.  As it pertains to Florida, […]

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Florida Loquat Festival News – No. 30 – September 2018

Sep 06, 2018 No Comments

Florida Loquat Festival News – No. 30 September 2018 Celebrating Florida’s Urban Fruit An Ecology Florida/Friendship Farms & Fare Annual Event Florida Loquat News The Newsletter of The Florida Loquat Festival No. 30 September 10, 2018 ANNUAL LABOR DAY EDITION Published by Ecology Florida and Friendship Farms & Fare First Flowers Edition Florida Loquat News […]

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University of Florida IFAS: Invasive Species Cost ‘Tens of Millions’, Seeks Help

Mar 27, 2018 No Comments

By Jack Payne A snake so voracious it can swallow a fully-grown deer prowls the Everglades. An insect’s arrival in Florida seemed innocuous enough until the discovery that it carries a fungus that kills avocado trees. A spiny newcomer to Florida is eating fish that could have been on your plate, and it is wreaking […]

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