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UF/IFAS Extension
St Lucie County

The Cooperative Extension Service is nationwide and was established by the Smith-Lever Act of 1914. It is a partnership between state land grant universities, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the county governments throughout the nation.

(772) 462-1660
8400 Picos Road, Ste 101
Fort Pierce, FL 34945


Main Office: Monday - Friday
8am - 5pm
South County: Morningside Branch Library Tuesdays & Fridays 1 p.m.-3

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Growing Blackberry in South Florida
Scientific Name: Rubus fruticosus Common Names: bramble, blackberry, European blackberry, black heg, wild blackberry Origin: Europe and Asia Family: Rosaceae Other plants in the Rosaceae family: blackberries, raspberries and strawberries, apricots, plums, cherries, apple Climate: Blackberry grows best in temperate.


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Celebrate LGBT Pride Month in June
LGBT Pride Month Background Why do people celebrate LGBT Pride month in June?  It is celebrated every June to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in NYC.  If you live in South Florida like I do, you can visit the Stonewall National Museum and Archives in Fort Lauderdale to learn more about the Stonewall Uprising


This Hurricane Season, Be Prepared for Anything
The 2022 Atlantic Hurricane Season begins June 1. Are you ready? Maybe you think you’re ready—you’ve got some bottled water and canned goods to last a few days


Growing Olive Tree in Florida
Scientific Name: Olea europaea Common Names: Olive Origin: Mediterranean Basin (Italy, Spain, Morocco, Greece, France, and Portugal) Family: Oleaceae Other plants in the Oleaceae family: lilac, jasmine, forsythia, ash tree Climate: Because olive is native to the Mediterranean, it grows best in a climate where the summer is.


Citrus Greening Myths and Facts
Huanglongbing (HLB), also known as citrus greening, is a serious bacterial disease that affects citrus in Florida, as well as many citrus production areas worldwide. The Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) is the insect responsible for spreading citrus greening


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    Atala Infographic Wins Award
    Introduction I am honored to announce that my colleague Michele Wood and I are the recipients of the Association of Communication Excellence International Bronze Award in the Graphic Design Posters category for the Atala Steppingstone Infographic. Michele provided her graphic artistry skills to expertly interpret the strategy used to conserve rare atala butterflies while I provided insight on atala biology and


    Preserving Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake Skin
    Introduction Meet Freckles.