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FNFCG CARAVAN to the Hodges Boulevard Community Garden

FNFCG CARAVAN to the Hodges Boulevard Community Garden

On Saturday, June 25th 2011, the Hodges Boulevard Community Garden opens its doors to the public from 9:00am to 12:00 pm for a fun morning of tours, tasting and teaching!  At 10:00 am, Mary Puckett from the Duval County Extension Office will conduct a free gardening class, "Vegetables that can Handle the Heat".  Local chefs will prepare a tasting from the garden using local fresh fruits and vegetables.  Friends of Northeast Florida Community Gardens invites you to come out and meet your gardening neighbors!

Spotlight on Students and Their Interest on Homeless Pets

Spotlight on Students and Their Interest on Homeless Pets

Students at Fletcher Middle Participate in the Opening of the Beaches Parade

Four students from Fletcher Middle School participated in the Opening of the Beaches Parade with Friends of Jacksonville Animals (FOJA). The girls were asked to participate by the FOJA beach committee.

In addition to walking the dogs and hyping the crowd during the parade, the girls designed posters, flyers and decorations for the float. The theme was “Rock Star” and they gave the dogs names such as “Mick Wagger” and “Elvis Pawsley.” The girls continued volunteering at FOJA’s adoption event after the parade. Four of the dogs found potential homes thanks to students’ efforts.

This project began in December during a service-learning lesson in the classroom. During a unit on research and communication, the students studied and discussed pet overpopulation.

Florida Department of Agriculture Warns Residents About Termite Season

Florida Department of Agriculture Warns Residents About Termite Season

Warmer temperatures are not only a hint of Spring, but also a sign of termite swarming season. Swarming occurs when large numbers of termites leave their colonies to search for new nesting sites. In an effort to help consumers avoid termites, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services urges residents to take five simple steps to protect their home. 

1.      Remove wood piles and other cellulose sources from under and next to the home.

2.      Direct water sources, such as air conditioner drip lines and roof downspouts, away from the structure’s foundation.

Termite Swarms Spotted in Florida

According to McCall Service, termite swarms have been spotted in Jacksonville and people need to take warning. The annual cost of termite damage is greater than that of fires, hurricanes and tornadoes combined. Termites typically go unseen and sneak into your home. They can go undetected for months and if left untreated, they can cause serious damage to your Florida home.

If you think your home may be infested by termites, look for these signs: swarming termites or insects, dead termites, small holes in wood, damage to drywall, structural weakness and mud tubes. These wood destroying insects are very destructive to Florida homes as they damage the overall structure.