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Sustainable Living

Our economy, culture, and quality of life are closely tied to the environment. Sustainable practices enable us to meet our current needs without compromising the next generation's ability to satisfy their own needs. We can preserve our natural heritage and conserve natural resources for the future by living sustainably.

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Eat Local: Cantaloupes

Though locally grown foods travel about 50 miles to its destination, typical supermarket produce can travel up to 2,000 miles. Instead of buying produce from far-away farms, buy locally to eat fresh fruits and vegetables, highlight the significance of agriculture, and boost your local economy. With cantaloupes available from March to July in Florida, you should consider purchasing local cantaloupes now. Nutritional  More»

How to Freeze Vegetables

Take part in Frozen Foods Month by learning how to properly freeze vegetables. More...  More»

How to Freeze Fruits

Celebrate Frozen Foods Month by learning how to properly freeze fruits! More...  More»

Beneficial Insects: Predators

Not every insect you see around your plants is harmful—some insects help the environment. Beneficial insects, which occur naturally in gardens, serve as good predators or pollinators. These useful predators also feed on many insects that are considered pests. The following hunters are important to integrated pest management programs: Assassin  More»

Eat Local: Tomatoes

Eating locally-sourced food has many advantages, including helping the local economy and protecting natural resources. Typically, local food is also fresher than food that has travelled many miles. It may not be possible to always eat local, but fortunately Florida residents have access to a variety of in-season produce grown close to home. The tomato, which is one crop that’s grown in Florida, is available every month of the year except  More»

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