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We offer a variety of classes and events for the entire family. Click here to see what's coming up.
Wickham Park Community Garden
We are excited to announce a community garden is being developed at the Wickham Park Equestrian Center. If you are interested in renting a plot, get on our list now. More information will come soon. Email Linda Seals at email@example.com if interested.
Do Freezes = More Delicious Citrus?
It seems as though every winter when a good cold front moves through, people who have lived in Florida for a few years hear a statement along these lines, “The cold snap we just had will be good for sweetening up citrus.” Well, science actually shows that there is no validity to that statement! Read More.
Lovebugs = Laboratory Experiment Gone Awry?
1953, Gainesville, FL – In a dark laboratory somewhere on the campus of the University of Florida – maybe in the entomology department, maybe in a genetics lab – a vial of insects stirs. Velvety wings whir. Orange heads flash against blue labels which read, “EXPERIMENTAL BIOCONTROL – DO NOT RELEASE”. But that label didn’t stop a sleep-deprived over-worked graduate student. With a misplaced hand and a loud crash, the vials are Knocked to the floor. Lovebugs fled into the night. Read More.
After 50 = 401K Funding Fatality?
Many people mistakenly think it’s too late to make an impact on their financial future after they reach age 50. However, as people are living longer than ever before, there is often still plenty of time to make a significant difference. Read More.
Local Foods = Pricey Produce?
Sauntering with lattes in hand, a young, upwardly mobile couple surveys stunning displays of baby, heirloom, and exotic produce at a local farmer's market. The frame widens to include dozens of elites searching for the freshest and the best…and paying far more than the average person could or would. This image is one many hold of farmer’s markets as places where perfect, pricey people and perfect, pricey produce meet. Is this the real picture of a farmer's market and its patrons? Research indicates this is not generally the case. Read More.
Speedy Storage=Safe Food?
Mythbusters for Food Safety… by Fightbac.org
Sometimes we think of the refrigerator as a magic box. If we quickly place food inside, everything is going to be just fine. That is not necessarily the case, however. There are some bacteria that survive in the cold--and there are things that need to be done to keep the refrigerator a safe food place. Click here to learn about keeping your refrigerator safe.
Although the Zika virus is circulating in Central and South America and the Caribbean, currently, there is no evidence that local populations of Florida mosquitoes are infected. However, we need to be prepared and vigilant in case local transmission occurs, said Jorge Rey, professor and interim director of the Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory (FMEL), in Vero Beach Florida.
Roxanne Connelly, an Extension medical entomology specialist with FMEL, part of the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, says:
- People need to do all they can to manage the mosquitoes most likely to be involved in Zika virus transmission in Florida if the virus shows up in local mosquitoes. These mosquitoes are among those known as “container mosquitoes” specifically, the yellow fever mosquito, Aedes aegypti, and the Asian tiger mosquito, Aedes albopictus.
- Initial measures include getting rid of containers in your yard or outside your business, because they collect water and become perfect habitats for immature stages of these mosquito species. These include tires, wheel barrows, potted plants that sit on saucers, cans, bottles and more. You should inspect your yard weekly to make sure you don’t have any containers. Bromeliad plants and bird baths also can house container mosquitoes, Connelly said. For these types of mosquito habitats, they can be flushed with clean water weekly, or can be treated with mosquito-specific Bti granules (Mosquito Dunks or Mosquito Bits).
- Inspect windows and doors for hole and tears and repair them to exclude mosquitoes.
- Mosquito repellents should be used when people plan to be outdoors at the time mosquitoes are biting. The longest lasting repellents contain DEET and picaridin. Whatever type of repellant you use, read the label to make sure you’re putting on a product registered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
My Brevard Yard Workshops
Sign up for the My Brevard Yard Workshop and learn how you can have a healthy lawn and protect our waterways!
One or three-hour workshops are available. Longer workshops are great for municipalities, homeowner associations, and other large groups. Call 321.633.1702 x 222 or Email to schedule a group workshop.
Soil Testing Information
Use these forms to send samples to the UF/IFAS Extension Soil Testing Laboratory
Call a Master Gardener
You can do your part to protect water quality by following a few simple steps toward making your yard Florida Friendly. For help with your lawn and landscape, call or email a Master Gardener at 321.633.1702.
Soil and Water Conservation District
The Brevard Soil and Water Conservation District assists farmers and ranchers with applying Best Management Practices to their operations.
Contact Dave Millard at 633-1702 x241 or email Dave Millard for assistance.
We are developing a teaching and demonstration garden right here at the UF/IFAS Extension office. Learn how you can help.