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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Spring into Vegetable Gardening Series for Beginners!

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If you have ever considered planting a spring vegetable garden, attend a three-week series to learn all you need to get started.  This workshop will be held on Monday evenings from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. March 24 until April 7.  The cost is $25 per person or $40 per couple and includes handouts and …

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Federal and State Fisheries Regulations and Management Workshops

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Federal and State Recreational Fisheries Regulations & Management Workshop Okaloosa and Santa Rosa County University of Florida IFAS Extension & Florida Sea Grant are hosting two Fisheries Regulations & Management Workshops Feb. 24in Pensacola and Feb. 25 in Destin. Topics include federal and state fisheries management and regulation updates, new publications, and new tools/techniques in …

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Learn about seagrasses at the 14th annual Seagrass Awareness Celebration!!!

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Join us for 2 great events at Shoreline Park South in Gulf Breeze!!!  Recently, we have been hearing a lot about how important Seagrasses to the health of our waterways. Join us March 29, 2014 to learn more about these important resources!! In addition, the Gulf Breeze Rotary will be hosting a Gumbo Cookoff at …

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Nature’s Candy

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Berries are like nature’s candy. A cup of strawberries has just 50 calories, while 2 cookies (of about the same weight as the strawberries) contain 160 calories and 8 grams of fat!  Freeze strawberries and eat them right out of the freezer for a delicious icy treat. Most berries contain potassium, which keeps your blood …

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Navigating the Natural Resource Damage Assessment Process

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The Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) process is used by federal natural resource trustees in response to damages to natural resources due to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill set into motion the largest Natural Resource Damage Assessment in history. A natural resource damage assessment is the process used by natural …

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Go Ahead – Have a Little Chocolate

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Happy Valentines Day! The good news about chocolate keeps coming. Short-term studies from Harvard University suggest that chocolate might help lower blood pressure and increase insulin sensitivity. The antioxidants, especially in dark chocolate, may lower the risk of infection and cancer. Chocolate also exhibits some anti-inflammatory properties and might enhance the action of neurotransmitters (i.e. …

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