Monica Ozores-Hampton is known as the Queen of Compost. That’s because early in her career, she was one of the first to study the effects of compost on vegetable production, and her work has been recognized by the Rufus Chaney Award, a top accolade in the composting world. Today she’s the go-to resource for southwest Florida’s vegetable growers, who produce tomatoes, squash, peppers and more for Florida’s $1.7 billion vegetable
You might say that orange juice runs in Laurie Hurner’s veins. A fifth-generation Floridian from a citrus-growing family, Hurner remembers how she and her two sisters grew up in her family’s groves. “At a young age, we started learning responsibility through hoeing orange trees, putting out dry fertilizer and driving the tractor as soon as we could touch the peddles,” she says. “I’ve had a strong love for agriculture my entire
GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- As historic wildfires and floods devastated parts of Southern California late last year, youth 3,000 miles away in Marion County, Florida, were thinking about how they could help those affected. Ultimately, the members of the 4-H Horse Specialty Club decided to donate $900 to 4-H families who were struggling after these back-to-back disasters. In 2016, the club also sent aid to those affected by the Tennessee fires.