Tag Archive: Growing

4-H Teen Retreat: Growing Leaders with Help from Farm Credit

Teen retreat participants can earn credits towards their camp counselor certification. Each summer Florida 4-H camps are bustling with 4-H volunteers, staff, and youth enjoying their week long residential camping experience. As a significant delivery mode in experiential learning, residential camping annually is home to nearly 4000 youth participants and 250 volunteers and agents. Within …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/01/29/4-h-teen-retreat-growing-leaders-with-help-from-farm-credit/

4-H is Growing the Workforce Preparation

The business world says that there are not enough young people with strong communication skills, work ethic, and leadership skills to fill today’s workforce pipeline. Through schoolwork, youth can gain knowledge and skills in areas like reading, writing, math and science. Working hard in school and taking advantage of all the opportunities available is very important, …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/10/30/4-h-is-growing-the-workforce-preparation/

Growing Civic Engagement through 4-H

Civic engagement is a broad term that describes the process developing the knowledge, skills, and motivation to improve the quality of life in a community, through either political or non-political processes. Thomas Ehrlich, the author of Civic Engagement and Higher Education, states “a morally and civically responsible individual recognizes himself or herself as a member …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/10/16/growing-civic-engagement-through-4-h/

Growing Entrepreneurs through 4-H Gardens

Photo credit: Zulema Wibmer, 4-H Program Assistant, Leon County 4-H Office Garden-based education is taking America by storm. While this is concept dates as far back as the seventeenth century, it certainly feels like the popular movement of the day. 4-H has been using garden based education since 1902 with tomato and corn clubs to …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/05/29/growing-entrepreneurs-through-4-h-gardens/

Growing Gardens with 4-H Clubs and Schools

Outgrown clogs can make an excellent container garden. Research shows that gardening in school and clubs positively influences youth environmental attitudes, nutritional attitudes, self-esteem, test scores, school attitudes, interpersonal skills, social concerns and behavior. For example, students in third and fifth-grade who learn science through gardening scored higher than students who did not learn science …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/05/01/growing-gardens-with-4-h-clubs-and-schools/

Doveweed: a Growing Problem in Warm-season Turfgrasses

Figure 1. Doveweed patch in St. Augustinegrass sod. Ramon Leon, WFREC Weed Specialist Doveweed (Murdannia nudiflora) is a summer annual weed species that belongs to the dayflower family. Over the last three years, this weed has become an important weed problem in residential lawns and sod production. This weed has two key characteristics that make …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/04/11/doveweed-a-growing-problem-in-warm-season-turfgrasses/

Agritourism: a Growing Industry in the Panhandle

Agritourism – Holmes County Corn Maze – Photo Courtesy of Ryan Hammack Agritourism is an industry that provides alternative income opportunities for Panhandle agricultural producers, while providing recreational opportunities for tourists, schools, churches, and other organizations.  Agritourism activities also promote agriculture, and the vital role that agriculture plays in our daily lives, and the Florida …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/10/18/agritourism-a-growing-industry-in-the-panhandle/

Growing Potatoes in Your Florida Garden

Florida-grown potatoes. Photo courtesy UF/IFAS. The time to plant potatoes is now! Potatoes are a good way to usher in the growing season of your home garden. They are easy to grow and their harvesting date doesn’t coincide with many other vegetables. In North Florida you can plan to put in your potatoes around the …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/01/21/growing-potatoes-in-your-florida-garden/

Beach Vitex… Is It a Growing Problem?

Beach vitex expands its woody rhizomes aggressively; it can actually grow over sidewalks and driveways.   It’s actually a pretty plant, this Beach Vitex (Vitex rotundifolia), and it is very good at stabilizing eroding dunes. In the 1990’s, the state of South Carolina planted this shrub to help restore dunes lost during hurricanes. It was …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2013/07/20/beach-vitex-is-it-a-growing-problem/

Growing Pasture Under Shade a Challenging Mix

Establishing pasture under mixed hardwood shade such as this is a challenging situation. By Dr. Henry Grant, Gadsden County Extension Director. Recently, I received a telephone call from a client regarding establishing a permanent pasture of Argentine Bahia for livestock grazing.  In this situation, the client did not want to remove many trees from the …

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