Tag: Florida

  • 10th Annual Loquat Festival a Resounding Success for New Port Richey

    10th Annual Loquat Festival a Resounding Success for New Port Richey

    New Port Richey, FL – The 10th annual Florida Loquat Festival was held on Saturday, March 18, 2023 at Frances Avenue Park in New Port Richey. The event was a success, with over 1,000 people in attendance. The festival featured a variety of activities, including live music, food trucks, a loquat tree sale, and a…

  • GOOD NEWS! 10th Annual Florida Loquat Festival Coming Up!

    GOOD NEWS! 10th Annual Florida Loquat Festival Coming Up!

    GOOD NEWS: 10th ANNUAL FLORIDA LOQUAT FESTIVAL IS COMING UP March 18, 2023 New Port Richey, Florida Frances Ave. Park ~ 6156 Louisiana Avenue, 34653 Ecology Florida and New Port Richey FarmNet with support of the City of New Port Richey, will host the 10th annual Florida Loquat Festival on Saturday, March 18 from 10:00…

  • Maine Takes the Lead on Food Sovereignty—But Can Florida Catch Up?

    Maine Takes the Lead on Food Sovereignty—But Can Florida Catch Up?

     by Lana Chehabeddine November 2022 Maine has officially broken U.S. (food) history, by opening the doors for its consumers to embrace and implement the idea behind ‘the right to food’. You may be thinking, “but doesn’t this exist already”? The answer is not so black and white. Typically, state and local regulations prevent consumers from…

  • Protect the Keys

    Protect the Keys

    An Ecology Florida Feature  October 6, 2022 by Monica Starr The Florida Keys is a marine protected area that includes productive seagrass beds, mangrove forests and over 6,000 species of marine life [1]. North America’s only coral barrier reef is often subject to activities including snorkeling, fishing, sailing, scuba diving, kayaking and boating. The 120-mile-long…

  • Monarch Butterflies Added to the Endangered Species Red List

    Monarch Butterflies Added to the Endangered Species Red List

    Ecology Florida August 2022  by Monica Starr The monarch butterfly embarks on an annual migration which can reach up to 2,800 miles from southeast Canada to central Mexico [1]. These beautiful insects have two pairs of orange-red wings with black veins and distinguishing white spots along the edges. The males have black dots along the…

  • Citrus Greening Still Impacting Farmers in Florida

    Citrus Greening Still Impacting Farmers in Florida

    July 2022  An Ecology Florida Feature by Monica Starr As the end of citrus season approaches here in the state of Florida, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has estimated a record-low harvest. Compared to the previous growing season, the production of oranges, grapefruit and other specialty crops is already down about 22% [1]. This season,…

  • Giant African Snail Infestation in Pasco County 

    Giant African Snail Infestation in Pasco County 

    It was confirmed on June 23rd that a Giant African land snail was present in Pasco County. The recent snail sighting was discovered by a Master Gardener in the New Port Richey area near Massachusetts Avenue and Rowan Road [1]. This first snail confirmed was nearly eight inches long which is about the maximum size…

  • Fleet Farming in Orlando

    Fleet Farming in Orlando

    by Monica Starr  June 2022  Fleet Farming is an Orlando-based non-profit urban agriculture project that transforms lawns into productive micro farms and gardens. Creating localized food systems in areas without access to fresh produce, it converts underutilized lawn space to edible gardens at schools, community centers, and affordable housing units. Besides addressing food-security issues, Fleet…

  • Earth Day History in Florida

    Earth Day History in Florida

    by Monica Starr April 2022  An Ecology Florida Feature Every year, April 22nd represents the start of the modern environmental movement. Since 1970, we have been celebrating the planet while providing a voice to the environmental concerns here in the United States. Today, there are almost 200 countries around the world that are engaged with…

  • 3D Printing Tech Helps Treat ZooTampa Hornbill’s Tumor

    3D Printing Tech Helps Treat ZooTampa Hornbill’s Tumor

    by Monica Starr April 2022  An Ecology Florida Feature Advancements in 3D-printing technology has been represented in the medical community all over the world. Most recently in Tampa, researchers were able to save a resident that developed a fatal form of cancer. Crescent is the 25-year old female hornbill who currently resides at ZooTampa. After…