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Sustainable Living

Our economy, culture, and quality of life are closely tied to the environment. Sustainable practices enable us to meet our current needs without compromising the next generation's ability to satisfy their own needs. We can preserve our natural heritage and conserve natural resources for the future by living sustainably.

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Make Your Own Rain Barrel

[Tweet "Want a more sustainable way to water your landscape? Try making a rain barrel! #FloridaFriendlyLandscaping http://bit.ly/1ViqGdF"]A rain barrel is a container that collects the rain water that would normally flow off your  More»


Watermelon Is in Season!

[Tweet "As the weather warms, cool down with some in-season watermelon. http://bit.ly/1RAhrCR"]It’s not summertime yet, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start enjoying Florida-grown watermelon now. Watermelon is in season in Florida between  More»


Grow Your Own Microgreens

Microgreens are young, tender plants that can make a healthy, fun addition to a salad or sandwich—and you can grow them yourself! Find out how you in this UF/IFAS solutions for your life video: UF/IFAS Photo by Robert Annis  More»


Green Cleaning Products

The "Do It Yourself" Approach Have you ever wondered whether what you use to clean your floor or your kitchen sink is environmentally friendly? If you’re concerned about the impact of your spring cleaning on the planet, you may want to consider  More»


Reclaiming Phosphate Mining Areas

Phosphate is a key component of fertilizer, making it an important part of agriculture and food production. In 2010, Florida produced 65% of all the phosphate produced in the United States.1 Phosphate minerals are mined from the soil, and  More»


Efficient Home Irrigation

It’s raining, as it often does in Florida, and all of a sudden you realize that your sprinklers are on. You think, what a waste!, perhaps vowing to keep better tabs on the weather forecast. However, efficient home irrigation may be even  More»

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