Monthly Archives: July 2011
|July 12, 2011||Posted by Melissa under Agriculture, Horticulture, Produce|
It is amazing what a little sunshine and rain can do for plants. The afternoon showers in Central Florida have contributed to the quick growth of my newly-planted garden, and it is exciting to see the changes in just over a week. Both the Yellow Teardrop and the Sweet 100 plants have yellow flowers already! […] continue reading
|July 11, 2011||Posted by Sarah under Cooking, Produce, Recipes|
I’ve recently started using the website pinterest.com – if you’re not familiar with it, it’s pretty awesome! Especially the food section, which has lead me to write this blog post. I came across a recipe today that sounded so good and so unique that I had to share – avocado fries! Let me preface this […] continue reading
|July 8, 2011||Posted by Sterling under Uncategorized|
We’re so excited about our brand new blog, that we thought we’d give away some koozies! The first 75 people to leave us a comment and tell us what types of blog posts they’d like to see more of OR why they love Florida Ag, will get a free Fresh from Florida koozie! Note: the […] continue reading
|July 8, 2011||Posted by Melissa under Cooking, Nutrition, Produce|
I read an article today about simple substitutions that reduce the amount of fat intake in everyday foods. This looks like one to try: substituting avocado for half of the butter used in cookies! The slide says that it might give a slight green tinge to the cookies, but the flavor will not be altered. […] continue reading
|July 7, 2011||Posted by Sarah under Advertising, News, Seafood|
The Department launched a new site yesterday, www.MyFloridaGulfSafe.com, as part of a new awareness campaign to reassure consumers that Florida seafood is safe and plentiful. This press release and statement issued by Commissioner Putnam goes over the seafood testing and results that has been conducted between August 2010 and June 2011, showing that Florida seafood […] continue reading
|July 6, 2011||Posted by Melissa under Agriculture, Horticulture, Produce|
As promised in my last post, I planted more things over the weekend. Once again the staff at my local nursery tried to warn me that because of the heat and location of my container garden, my plants may not make it. However, knowing that they weren’t supposed to thrive last year and they did made me […] continue reading
|July 5, 2011||Posted by Melissa under Agriculture, Events, Farms, News|
For the third year in a row, the Florida Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises Conference will be held at the Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee. Running July 15-17, 2011, it promises to be an event full of interesting seminars, exhibits, and delicious locally-grown food. The Department is once again joining the University of Florida as […] continue reading
For the third year in a row, the Florida Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises Conference will be held at the Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee. Running July 15-17, 2011, it promises to be an event full of interesting seminars, exhibits, and delicious locally-grown food.
The Department is once again joining the University of Florida as one of the Sustaining Partners of the conference. According to the Small Farms website, Florida has more than 47,000 farms, 90 percent of which are small. The conference provides information about different ways to farm and alternative crops so that farmers learn about diversifying products or farm methods.
Seminar categories include protected agriculture, business & marketing, livestock, horticulture, organic & sustainable farming, and policy & regulations. For a breakdown of discussions, click here for the conference agenda.
If you’re at the conference, please stop by and visit the different Department booths. The Bureaus of Marketing and Development and Agricultural Dealer Licenses will be in Booths 600 and 602, Farm to School will be in Booth 501, and the Office of Agricultural Water Policy will be in Booth 503. We would love to see you there!