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With detailed listings for more than 250 local food businesses and organizations, Transition Sarasota's Eat Local Guide is your most comprehensive resource for eating and growing locally in Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, and Desoto counties.
Picture your backyard with a beautiful tree covered with delicious mangos or avocados. Here in Florida, it's a lot easier than growing a tomato, and local resources can provide whatever help may be needed.
You heard right. After a nearly decade-long hiatus, the Sarasota Food Policy Council (SFPC) is back, thanks to the efforts of Dr. Robert Kluson, UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County's Agriculture and Natural Resources Agent.
Permaculture originally began in the 1970’s in Australia as an attempt at creating a “permanent agriculture”: one that can exist indefinitely into the future without destroying the natural resources upon which we all depend.
Renowned author and international speaker Toby Hemenway, spoke in Sarasota on November 2nd to a very attentive audience, hosted by Transition Sarasota.
In his new book, Local Dollars, Local Sense: How to Move Your Money from Wall Street to Main Street and Achieve Real Prosperity, Shuman challenges everyone to take the "Eat Local, Buy Local" movement to the next level.
In our last installment of Pete’s Place, we discussed making repeat plantings of commonly used veggies during the winter. You’ll probably want to be winding down such seeding now, as upcoming spring temperatures will favor other crops.
Your Fall gardens should now be in full swing and you should be enjoying a lot of delicious rewards at the table. At this time, I’d like to emphasize the practice of repeat plantings of these same crops, to extend that harvest as long as possible.
As we welcome the gradual lowering of summer’s heat and humidity, it's time to get in your fall and winter crops. The longer-lived items will also spill over into spring. For newcomers to this area, this is our primary growing season - or seasons - of the year.
The legislation allows entrepreneurs to start a food business out of their home kitchen without getting a permit.
Not many restaurants in the area can boast of a packed house on a Thursday night in the off-season, but I can tell you about one: Star Fish Company.
Woody Tasch, Founder and Chairman of Slow Money, pioneered the integration of asset management and philanthropic purpose in the 1990s as treasurer of the Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation and founding chairman of the Community Development Venture Capital Alliance.
One more gardening update to get us through the summer! In my last column, I went through the best vegetables for summer growing here in southwest Florida. I want to quickly mention two that I overlooked, then move on to more current topics.
In a previous “Pete’s Place” column, I alluded to the two main choices for the vegetable grower during our sultry summers: try to grow from a limited number of choices or focus on soil-building for the fall.
Each herb is listed below along with its specific uses and growing conditions. All of these herbs grow well in the Sarasota-Manatee area, so you can get a start on growing your own medicine at home.
Local restaurateur and chef Paul Mattison has completely transformed the former Lonestar Steakhouse on South Tamiami Trail into a beautiful restaurant hotspot: Mattison’s Forty-One.
Do you have a large, grassy backyard that demands frequent watering and mowing, and you just don’t know what to do with it? You’re not alone, but rest assured that there is more potential there than you might think.
Greetings, and welcome to Pete’s Place, where I’ll be offering an ongoing series of columns on seasonal food-growing tips for west-central Florida.
Ever wonder what exactly that “Certified Organic” sticker means, or what a grower has to do to become certified in Florida? If so, read on.
In this round up of gardening books, we’ve done the research for you to find out which books are the best for the area and which books come highly recommended by local food producers and successful backyard gardeners.
In June 2009, a concerned group of city and county residents in Sarasota, Florida got together to start a movement toward making it “legal” to keep these lovely little birdies in backyards, and CLUCK (Citizens Lobbying for Urban Chicken Keeping) was born.