Category Archives: Agriculture

How to start a Home-based Food Business Workshop offered

Thinking about opening a Home-based Food Business? Are you interested in selling food products that you make in your own home? Do you want to sell your homemade baked goods, candies, preserves, and more to the general public? If so, you do not want to miss this workshop! This workshop will be held on Wednesdays … Continue reading How to start a Home-based Food Business Workshop offered

2017 Sweet Potato Round-Up & Fall Farming Market Sept 23

The New Port Richey FarmNet is pleased to announce the 2017 Sweet Potato Round-Up and Fall Farming Market taking place on Saturday, September 23, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the West Pasco Habitat for Humanity (4131 Madison Street) in New Port Richey. It is open to the public and there is not charge to … Continue reading 2017 Sweet Potato Round-Up & Fall Farming Market Sept 23

West Pasco Plant Clinic opens Tuesdays

UF/IFAS Pasco Master Gardeners offering West Pasco Plant Clinic through partnership with Marchman Technical College The UF/IFAS Extension Pasco County Master Gardeners are pleased to announce the opening of the West Pasco Plant Clinic at Marchman Technical College located at 7825 Campus Drive, New Port Richey, in Building Five (5), Office 008B. Pasco Master Gardeners … Continue reading West Pasco Plant Clinic opens Tuesdays

Pasco UF/IFAS Graduates 2017 Master Gardeners

Eleven new Master Gardeners complete intensive volunteer training program The UF/IFAS Extension Pasco County Office proudly graduated a class of eleven (11) new Master Gardeners on Thursday, August 3, 2017. The UF/IFAS Master Gardener Program offers an intensive horticultural training for select citizens who then volunteer in their community to teach, conduct research, initiate school … Continue reading Pasco UF/IFAS Graduates 2017 Master Gardeners

Jimmy Hancock selected in Statewide Ag Competition

The Achievement in Agriculture Award recognizes members of Florida Farm Bureau’s Young Farmers and Ranchers program who excel in their involvement in agriculture, leadership abilities, involvement in Farm Bureau and other civic and service organizations. Applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 35. They may apply as individuals or as couples. Three finalists … Continue reading Jimmy Hancock selected in Statewide Ag Competition

Floral City Historic Oak Replacement Update

The Floral City Historic Oak Trees Preservation & Replacement Committee met on Tuesday, 18 July at 9:00 a.m. in the Heritage Museum with Citrus County staff from Public Works Department. The purpose was to agree upon a plan of action to initiate the replacement of historic oaks along Floral City’s “Avenue of Oaks.” As a … Continue reading Floral City Historic Oak Replacement Update

Canning to Preserve Tasty, Healthy Traditions

I fondly remember making applesauce from fresh-picked apples with my mom in our little kitchen up north. We made chunky-style sauce from locally-grown Macintoshes in a time when only pureed applesauce was available at the grocery store, adding cinnamon for a flavor that became my definition of delicious! When reading labels on spaghetti sauce, sugar … Continue reading Canning to Preserve Tasty, Healthy Traditions

SEED: The Untold Story at NPR Public Library August 1

On Tues., Aug. 1 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Dell deChant, chair, Religious Studies Department, USF in Tampa, will present “SEED: The Untold Story” at the New Port Richey Public Library (5939 Main St.) in downtown New Port Richey. “SEED: The Untold Story” is a multi-award winning film. Few things on Earth are as miraculous … Continue reading SEED: The Untold Story at NPR Public Library August 1

July/August Events from Hernando County UF/IFAS Extension

Wild Edibles Participants will learn which plants have been used for food sources, and how they’ve been prepared. Presenter: Master Gardener Rita Grant Date/Time/Location: Wednesday July 26 @ 10:30 AM at the Spring Hill Branch Library, 9220 Spring Hill Dr., Spring Hill, 34608 Fall Vegetable Gardening Participants will learn the basics about Fall vegetable gardening … Continue reading July/August Events from Hernando County UF/IFAS Extension

Blackberries available tomorrow, 7/8 at Bramble Creek Farms

Good news for blackberry fans: Bramble Creek Farms will be open for one more upick this Saturday, July 8 from 8 am – noon. This lovely farm is located at: 23031 Hayman Rd, Brooksville, Florida, FL 34602, just west of Batten Road, on Hayman, and their phone number is 352-796-5473. They grown only thornless berries and … Continue reading Blackberries available tomorrow, 7/8 at Bramble Creek Farms

Blue Crab Trap Closure from July 10-20 & 20-29

Recreational and commercial blue crab traps in state waters from the Pasco-Hernando county line to the Palm Beach-Broward county line must be removed from the water before July 10, the first day of a 10-day trap closure. This closure will give groups authorized by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) the opportunity to … Continue reading Blue Crab Trap Closure from July 10-20 & 20-29

JG Ranch final Picking Day is 7/2

It is that time of year when I have to tell you this will be our last picking of the season. We will close at the end of the picking day, July 2nd. Blackberries are available for $4.00/pound u-pick Thursday – Sunday 9am-1pm. Strawberry season should start sometime in November as long as Mother Nature … Continue reading JG Ranch final Picking Day is 7/2

Upicktopia to cut back to Saturday only hours for summer

Blackberries, Watermelon, Cantaloupe, onions, basil, a little bit of this and that. This will be the last weekend that we will be open all three days. Beginning July 1, we will be open Saturday only for u pick. The winery will be open as for its normal hours through the summer though. Don’t forget to … Continue reading Upicktopia to cut back to Saturday only hours for summer

New Port Richey FarmNet Farmer’s Market at Habitat for Humanity

Now Open from 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon New Port Richey FarmNet enjoyed a successful opening on June 3 and is now preparing for its regular weekly schedule where people who want to buy organic produce can do so through the New Port Richey FarmNet Farmer’s Market located at the West Pasco Habitat for Humanity … Continue reading New Port Richey FarmNet Farmer’s Market at Habitat for Humanity

Upicktopia Masaryktown Farm Update 6/9

Come out to the farm and get fresh produce without the work. Blackberries, Watermelons, Cantaloupe, Tomatoes, blueberries, Eggplants, peas and more this week. Here is a list of Upicktopia’s available produce and pricing. We have Blackberries 4.00/lb u pick watermelons 3.50 each cantaloupe 1.00 each blueberries picked 3.50/lb tomatoes picked and u pick 1.89/lb small … Continue reading Upicktopia Masaryktown Farm Update 6/9

Hernando County Extension Classes for June

Goodness- Snakes Alive! Friday June 9 @ 10:00 AM Master Gardener Leslie Derrenbacker Participants will learn the natural niche that snakes fill, how to tell a venomous snake from a non-venomous snake and how we can co-exist with our slithery friends. Chinsegut Conservation Center 23212 Lake Lindsey Rd, Brooksville, 34601 Alien Invaders- An Update on … Continue reading Hernando County Extension Classes for June

Hernando County Extension Piloting a New Master Gardener Class

Hernando Extension Master Gardeners are planning on offering  Master Gardener training this coming August, but trying something new this time. Because it is difficult for many people to take off from work during the week for training, they will be offering this class on-line. Students will meet one evening a week for a few hours … Continue reading Hernando County Extension Piloting a New Master Gardener Class

Bramble Creek Farm: Growing Blackberries with Love

Pulling up to the wide farm gate on Hayman Road, anticipation of the sweet, yet slightly tart flavor of fresh, juicy blackberries has a grip on me. This is my second year visiting Bramble Creek Farm and I have a vision to fulfill – and a bucket! It is an idyllic scene; slowly touring the … Continue reading Bramble Creek Farm: Growing Blackberries with Love

Upicktopia Masaryktown Farm Update 5-26-17

Come out to the farm and get fresh produce without the work. Blackberries, Watermelons, Peaches, Cantaloupe, Tomatoes, Gladiolus, Peppers, Eggplants, Cucumbers and more this week. See the image below for a complete list of Upicktopia’s available produce and pricing. Open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 9am to 6pm 19125 Phillips Rd. in Masaryktown, Florida 34604 Call … Continue reading Upicktopia Masaryktown Farm Update 5-26-17

Blackberries come in early at Bramble Creek

Ann and Gene Altman opened their well-established blackberry farm early this year, due to the weather. For local blackberry lovers, this is good news – Tuesday evenings from 5 – 8pm, you can pick your fill of huge, delicious, thornless blackberries at 23031 Hayman Road, Brooksville, Florida 34602. They are also open on Saturday mornings … Continue reading Blackberries come in early at Bramble Creek

Upicktopia Masaryktown Farm Update

Come out to the farm and get fresh produce without the work. This weeks harvest includes Gladiola Flowers, Cantaloupe, Watermelon, Italian Broad Beans, Cukes, Eggplants and more! See the image below for a complete list of Upicktopia’s available produce and pricing. Open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 9am to 6pm 19125 Phillips Rd. in Masaryktown, Florida … Continue reading Upicktopia Masaryktown Farm Update

New Port Richey FarmNet to open Farmer’s Market 6/3

New Port Richey FarmNet will open a new farmer’s market at the West Pasco Habitat for Humanity (4131 Madison, New Port Richey, 34652). Official opening is Saturday, June 3, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The market will also be online, with ordering throughout the week and pick up on Saturdays. This is a great … Continue reading New Port Richey FarmNet to open Farmer’s Market 6/3

JG Ranch May Update: Sweet Corn, Berries & More

It’s May and we have a little over 2 months left for this season.  Jeff has all ready started working up the strawberry beds and putting in a new irrigation/sprinkler system.  Forty thousand plants have been ordered for October 1st delivery and we are looking for a pre-Thanksgiving strawberry opening. Sweet corn is now available … Continue reading JG Ranch May Update: Sweet Corn, Berries & More

A Corny Obsession for Golden Fans at Frazier Farms

At 10 am the gate opens and customers begin their semi-annual trek for what has been called, “the sweetest gold on earth”: Frazier’s sweet corn. David Frazier owns a 25-acre farm several blocks north of Jefferson and East Avenue in Brooksville. Twice each year he harvests the crops and people flock to the quaint locale … Continue reading A Corny Obsession for Golden Fans at Frazier Farms

Two free Florida-friendly gardening workshops in May 2017

Irrigation efficiency Citrus County Utilities Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program is offering a free gardening workshop on May 9, 2017 from 2:00-3:30 pm.  Landscape irrigation is supplemental, but often uses 50-70 % of total residential water consumption. Irrigation practices such as seasonal scheduling, catch can calibration and selection of drought tolerant plants are essential to creating a … Continue reading Two free Florida-friendly gardening workshops in May 2017

May 13 San Antonio Farmer’s Market celebrates Mothers

The May 13 Farmers Market in San Antonio will celebrate Mothers Day.  All mothers will be given a free chance drawing ticket for a special Mothers Day Basket containing items chosen to relax and please the lucky winner. In addition, a number of the vendors will offer Mothers Day specials at their booths. The Farmers … Continue reading May 13 San Antonio Farmer’s Market celebrates Mothers

Florida-fresh Blueberries in the Nature Coast: Picking and Grinning

Picking blueberries throughout Florida’s Nature Coast is one of my favorite things to do in April-May. I easily pick 10 pounds at a time and they keep a long time in the refrigerator. I give some to the neighbors, some to my friends, and I eat a lot of blueberries while picking because they taste … Continue reading Florida-fresh Blueberries in the Nature Coast: Picking and Grinning

May Hernando County Extension Class Schedule

Plan now to attend spring lawn and landscaping classes (Brooksville, FL) The Hernando County Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ program and Extension Service offers classes year-round to help residents learn how to save time, money and water when maintaining their lawns and gardens. No registration is required for most of these classes, but you may call (352) 540-6230 … Continue reading May Hernando County Extension Class Schedule

Fresh Farm Food for NatureCoasters’ Good Health

Florida’s Nature Coast has a cornucopia of fresh farm produce available throughout most of the year. While the local grocery store may carry Florida fresh fruits and veggies throughout the year, a local produce market can provide foods that have been grown closer to home, and a trip to the farm provides the freshest food … Continue reading Fresh Farm Food for NatureCoasters’ Good Health

Florida Loquat Festival offers a Variety of Loquat Trees in NPR 4/8

Ecology Florida and Friendship Farms & Fare, with the support of the City of New Port Richey, will host the fourth annual Florida Loquat Festival on Saturday, April 8 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Frances Avenue Park (6156 Louisiana Avenue, 34653) in New Port Richey. The festival is a learning and sharing event … Continue reading Florida Loquat Festival offers a Variety of Loquat Trees in NPR 4/8