For southwest Florida tomato workers, the extra penny per pound picked adds up
Since late 2011 at least $11 million more in wages have reached farmworkers during the winter growing season, when Southwest Florida supplies more than 90 percent of the nation's tomatoes. PHOTO: In this Jan. 29, 2014 photo, Mely Perez speaks about ...
For Florida tomato workers, extra penny adds up
Publix draws protest over tomato-worker pay
“We believe it is the responsibility of all our suppliers – including Florida farmers who grow tomatoes and other produce – to manage their own workforce, including paying wages and providing work conditions that comply with federal and state laws ...
Garden column: Tips to start your warm-season garden
Warm-season vegetables and herbs to grow now include basil, beans, Cuban oregano, cucumbers, cilantro, eggplant, lemon grass, lemon verbena, Mexican tarragon, okra, peppers, pumpkin, southern peas, sweet corn, sweet potatoes, squash, tomatoes and ...
Frostproof Man Brings Experience to Tampa Medical Marijuana Business
Dan Downing, a cannabis cultivation teacher at Medical Marijuana Tampa, sits near a hydroponic growth system used to teach cannabis cultivation using pepper and tomato plants in Tampa recently. ... The business was launched on speculation that Florida ...
Weekend Plantings: Hyacinth Bean, Nectar Plants, Young Citrus
Among the most attractive veggies are colorful varieties of peppers, eggplants and tomatoes, but beans more than hold their own as ornamental plants. Perhaps the prettiest bean plant is hyacinth bean (Dolichos lablab), a fast-growing, tropical, pole ...
Hidden Gems: Farmer Mike's U-Pick
Naples Daily News
I didn't grow up picking produce at local farms, but I do love to search for the most fresh fruits and vegetables. I recently discovered that shopping ... Farmer Mike's harvests its produce and sells strawberries, tomatoes, eggplant, cucumber, squash ...
The Democrats' Dumb Koch Strategy
Gainesville, Florida was visited by Dave Matthews Band, and despite my budding love for limited government, I was not prohibited from attending. Soros and his fellow Democratic .... Whoever they are, wherever they are, they're the prime examples of a ...
Nationally known film critic got his start reviewing movies in ND
After nearly 16 years away, the Florida resident is making a return to the Red River Valley for the Fargo Film Festival this weekend. Moore, a former freelance movie critic for the ... Moore began his lifelong love of movies while growing up in rural ...
For Florida tomato workers, extra penny per pound pledged from retailers adds up
Since late 2011 at least $11 million more in wages have reached farmworkers during the winter growing season, when Southwest Florida supplies more than 90 percent of the nation's tomatoes. It's only been flowing about two years, but it's made a big ...
UF researchers unlock keys to sweeter strawberries
Using biochemical testing and taste panels of 100 strawberry consumers, the researchers looked at 35 strawberry varieties in Florida over two growing seasons to identify those compounds. "The main purpose was to discover which volatile compounds drive ...
The black-eyed Susan vine (Thunbergia alata), though listed as an annual species in catalogs, is a perennial, almost ever-blooming plant in Central Florida. This fast-growing vine from Africa can climb 10 feet high on trellises in bright light. It self-sows heavily and can become weedy. Read more
Watching plants grow offers a peaceful enjoyment for local residents who participate in the Golden Gate Community Garden. Read more
It’s always a proud moment whenever Iberia Parish leads the way in any undertaking. And when that endeavor deals with promoting the growing of organic produce for both farmers’ markets and the general public, then that enterprise becomes truly exceptional. Read more
(Phys.org) —University of Florida scientists believe they have pinpointed the exact compounds in strawberries that give the fruit its delightfully unique flavor – findings that will allow UF breeders to create more flavorful varieties even faster. Read more
The business was launched on speculation that Florida voters will approve a proposed constitutional amendment in November to allow the use of cannabis-based medications. Read more
As a girl growing up in Virginia, Kit Pannill got into big trouble when she clipped the flower off an exotic plant in her great aunt’s basement. “I was a mischievous child,” she said. But the incident wasn’t enough to turn her off to gardening – quite the contrary. She was fascinated with the garden, which had “every kind of flower you can imagine,” and it launched an interest in the hobby that ... Read more
Almost everyone loves strawberries for their bright red color and sweet, but not too sweet, taste. Read more
Carmel Mayo has her little corner of the Jacksonville Farmers Market on Beaver Street, selling plants and teaching people how to grow them. She opened The Green Spot last summer, operating through the heat and through the cold. Read more
Nelyson De Jesus is an imposing man with a goatee, a lip piercing, and a wide, infectious smile. About a decade ago, he left his childhood home on Crash Boat Beach in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, to join his father in South Florida. Tony Sanchez is an affable Dominican native with white hair, dark ski... Read more