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Employment Opportunity Available

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Your local Wakulla Extension Office is looking for a temporary Family & Consumers Science Agent this Summer! For more information, please view Extension – Family Consumer Science Agent (OPS)

Please visit our official site at: wakulla.ifas.ufl.edu for more information. Thank you!

Camphor Trees

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Camphor trees are sometimes confused with oaks.

Les Harrison is the UF/IFAS Wakulla County Extension Director

Natural remedies, some centuries old, are regaining popularity in today’s society. Those seeking relief from the onslaught of seasonal allergies need look no further than the camphor tree. Read the full article here!

Grow Your Own Mushrooms Workshop

canned mushroomsA “Grow Your Own Mushrooms” class will be held at the UF/IFAS Wakulla County Extension Office on Friday, March 27, at 6:30 p.m. Participants will learn about the tools and techniques to grow these tasty, high value treats! Every student will have the opportunity for a hands-on experience to acquire the skills necessary for successfully growing mushrooms. The recent “Cottage Foods Law” will be reviewed for those who may have an interest in selling fresh mushrooms to the public.

The fee for the class is $25 for materials. Every student will receive their own log for mushroom production and seed plugs for getting started at home (additional logs will be available for a small fee). Printed growing directions and a list of suppliers will also be included.

For more information, or to register for the class, please contact us at (850) 926-3931.

Gall Wasps

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The knots on this oak tree are caused by a tiny wasp.

Les Harrison is the UF/IFAS Wakulla County Extension Director

Mothers want what is best for their offspring. Surprisingly, one of the greatest mothers of all may be the tiny wasp, Callirhytis. Often mistaken as a fly, the gall wasp provides her young with all of the food and comfort any loving mother would give. Strange as they may be, the galls found on oak trees are a source of shelter and sustenance for baby wasps. Read the full article here!

What’s In the Garden Now — Onions!

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Onions have many uses in traditional recipes.

By Les Harrison, UF/IFAS Wakulla County Extension Director and Shelley Swenson, UF/IFAS Wakulla County Family and Consumer Sciences Agent

The winter weather is finally giving way to springtime. While temperatures have been erratic, the rain has been sufficient. There are still plenty of cool season leafy garden crops in production, though one vegetable offers variety. Onions planted last fall provide the greens and bulb for a nutritional flavor enhancer from salads to a variety of dishes.

The common onion, Allium cepa, has many varieties within the species, and is grown and consumed worldwide!

Read the full article here!

What’s In Season Now?

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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Find your “pot of gold” this month with locally grown fruits and vegetables! (photo: Mindy Carter on Pinterest)

Surprise your family tonight with a rainbow of fruits and vegetables! Spend time with your kids and celebrate by making broccoli or spinach shamrocks. There are all sorts of fun, creative, ideas you and your loved ones can come up with! Here is your Fresh From Florida March Shopping List.

Shelley Swenson is your local Family & Consumer Science Extension Agent III, UF/IFAS Wakulla County.

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