An Educational Oasis

In The Garden
A two-acre piece of land on the IRREC campus was converted into an outdoor horticultural laboratory known as the Teaching Garden.

In the not-too-distant past, and certainly in a more pastoral time, Farmer Brown relied on the Extension Service for information and Ma Brown could use the same for questions about canning or baking or other home economics-related activities. All states with land grant colleges or universities have these satellite agencies in each county. Here in Florida, the Institute of Food and Agricultural Services (IFAS) is a department of the University of Florida and is the umbrella for all the extension offices.

Over the years, as agriculture has waned and continues to do so (a fact that strikes a sad note in this writer’s heart), and communities are
becoming increasingly urbanized, the extension service has shifted its focus. While still offering agricultural and home economic support, a large amount of activity is focused on homeowners and their yards.

Read the entire article in the  February 2004 issue

Categories: Gardening