Category Archives: Agriculture

Help Citrus Canning Center with Needs Assessment Survey

The University of Florida/IFAS Citrus County Extension is looking for your input. The county’s Canning Center has a well-equipped kitchen but currently has somewhat limited availability. Citizens tell us that there might be more interest in use of the canning facility.  Please give us your feedback on what interest you would have in its use … Continue reading Help Citrus Canning Center with Needs Assessment Survey

Got Citrus? Join the fight against Citrus Greening

One of the most serious challenges to growing citrus is disease called Citrus Greening, which is carried from tree to tree by a non-native insect. Researchers have been working to identify a wide variety of solutions to this fatal disease. One promising solution is a tiny insect that can help combat disease transmission. Called Tamarixia, this highly specific … Continue reading Got Citrus? Join the fight against Citrus Greening

USDA to hold Farmer and Rancher Hurricane Recovery Meeting Oct. 24

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Service Centers in Florida is holding a disaster assistance and hurricane recovery workshop in Citrus County, for farmers and ranchers impacted by Hurricane Irma.  The Citrus County meeting will be held at 10:00 am, Tuesday, October 24, 2017, at the Citrus County Extension Service Office, 3650 W. Sovereign … Continue reading USDA to hold Farmer and Rancher Hurricane Recovery Meeting Oct. 24

Upicktopia Opens Friday with Pumpkin Patch

The pumpkin patch is open for business on our regular hours Friday, Saturday and Sunday 9 AM to 6 PM. We have a few cucumbers, yellow squash and zucchini available as well. We have a lot of things planted, including the strawberries that will be here in the near future.

San Antonio Farmers Market Oct. 14

Celebrate October at the San Antonio Farmers Market, held in the City Park on Saturday, October 14, from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.  Visitors will find fresh produce, including some organic produce; wine, jams, & jellies; jewelry; yard art, including painted holiday pallet art and recycled glass items; fresh-squeezed lemonade, Italian Ice, coffee, & popcorn; … Continue reading San Antonio Farmers Market Oct. 14

UF/IFAS Pasco Extension to Host Disaster Assistance Session Oct. 12

Town Hall will help farmers/ranchers with Hurricane Irma disaster assistance The UF/IFAS Pasco County Cooperative Extension Service is hosting an informational session on Thursday, October 12, 2017 with officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Small Business Administration (SBA), the  Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS), the U.S. Department of Agriculture … Continue reading UF/IFAS Pasco Extension to Host Disaster Assistance Session Oct. 12

UF/Citrus County Extension Fall Plant Sale Oct. 21

Citrus County Extension’s Master Gardeners announce their annual Fall Plant Sale on October 21 starting at 9:00 AM.  Located at the UF Extension’s Lecanto office on Sovereign Path, admission and parking are free. Master Gardener volunteers are trained to share smart gardening practices with the public using the Florida-friendly landscaping principles including all garden maintenance … Continue reading UF/Citrus County Extension Fall Plant Sale Oct. 21

Happenings at JG Ranch

First we came through hurricane Irma just fine.  Jeff had to replace about 15 rows of plastic and there were some rows that needed dirt piled on the sides.  Nothing was planted. We lost a few trees, which you will notice when you drive to the back.  The cows came through fine.  Red Cow told … Continue reading Happenings at JG Ranch

Aerial Spraying for Mosquitoes Completed Oct. 1

The aerial mosquito spraying that was scheduled for Friday, September 29, was postponed due to weather. A small area of the county was sprayed the night of Saturday, September 30 and all remaining areas east of the Suncoast Parkway was sprayed Sunday, October 1, starting at 8 p.m. through dawn. Due to a surge in … Continue reading Aerial Spraying for Mosquitoes Completed Oct. 1

Fall-O-Ween Fun for You

The end of September brings hope for cooler weather to Nature Coast. The heat of summer is waning and fall harvests are beginning. There are many festivals and activities going on, and it is time to get out and enjoy the bounty and beauty of our area. Then there is Halloween, a uniquely American holiday … Continue reading Fall-O-Ween Fun for You

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