2015 Master Gardener Training Class!

If you have ever considered becoming a Master Gardener, now is the time! Master Gardeners are dedicated individuals who train in horticulture under Extension faculty and then serve as volunteers in the community by teaching research based information and the principles of Florida-friendly landscaping. Projects include assisting residents with their landscape problems, giving presentations to groups, and …

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Master Gardener Yard Sale

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The Santa Rosa County Master Gardeners will host their 4th Annual Yard Sale on Saturday June 28 from 8 a.m. to noon at the UF/IFAS Santa Rosa County Extension Office located at 6263 Dogwood Drive in Milton.  Admission is free. A variety of household items including garden tools, yard art, small appliances, plants and books …

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Steak? Marinate Safely

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Picturing a hot, juicy steak for July 4? Marinating can add delicious flavor but it comes with some risk. Avoid food poisoning and safely marinate by following these tips: *Use plastic or glass containers – never metal. * Keep marinated steak covered and in a refrigerator set at 40 degrees F or below. * Reserve …

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Before You Tie the Knot

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  Are you a newlywed or planning to get married soon? There’s a new online course offered by UF/IFAS Extension that might just be “right up your alley”! Successful completion of the $15 course will get you the following: * Waiver of the 3-day wait period to get a marriage license. * Discount of $32.50 off …

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There’s A New Sweetener In Town!

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Move over, sugar – you’ve got even more competition! Many Americans choose to use sugar substitutes because they add few or no calories to food and most don’t raise blood sugar levels. Recently, the FDA extensively reviewed data from 37 animal and human studies before approving a new sugar substitute called advantame. Advantame – which …

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Florida’s “Big Kids” Will Get a Safety Boost!

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For several years, Florida has been the most dangerous state for children between the ages of 4 and 10 traveling in vehicles. Florida is currently one of only two states in the nation that lacks a booster seat bill for older children – and the only state that allows 4-year-olds to ride in an adult …

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Farmers’ Markets: Keeping it Fresh and Safe

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dreamstime.com stock photo Farmers’ Markets are a great choice for buying delicious and fresh local produce. If you use your own reusable bags, here are just a few safety tips to consider: * Wash your bags often. Cloth bags can be laundered in the washing machine while plastic-lined bags need to be hand-washed with soap …

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It’s Spring: Get Moving!

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With the advent of spring and warmer weather on the way, it’s a great time to get more active. The more fun you make your activity, the more likely you will be to keep moving. Following are some warmer weather suggestions for active fun: * Jump in the pool and swim some laps * Visit …

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Meet the New 4-H Agent!

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Santa Rosa County Extension office welcomes the new 4-H Agent, Prudence Caskey.  Many of you may say, “Wait, she’s not new!”  And, you would be right!  Prudence Caskey had served for nearly two years as the 4-H Program Assistant.  Prudence welcomes the new position and is working hard to make our county 4-H program be …

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Move It or Lose It

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dreamstime.com stock photo It’s true. The more you sit the less you move – and the more vulnerable you become to health problems. According to a new study from Northwestern University, sitting for an extended time causes your muscles to burn less fat and your blood to flow more sluggishly. When you slump in your …

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