Class provides advice on healthy cooking

Shari Bresin understands the challenge of finding the time to prepare healthy foods, while having a busy schedule. Bresin, the Family and Consumer Science agent for the Pasco County Extension Office, said she can relate to that challenge. “I know what it’s like to be on the go,” Bresin said. A class she’s now teaching at the Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St., in Dade City, aims to help … [Read more...]

An ‘unsung hero’ seeks to help others to grow tasty food

When a crowd gathered in January to celebrate the dedication of the Watson Park Community Garden in Dade City, there was a man standing quietly in the background — as the festivities progressed. That man, Brightman Logan, played a vital role in providing the support to help make the garden happen, Whitney C. Elmore, who leads the Pasco County Extension Office, told the crowd — characterizing … [Read more...]

These gardeners are breaking new ground, in more ways than one

Community gardens are not a new concept, but the Watson Park Community Garden in Dade City has a new twist. This garden is the first of its kind in Florida, and the people behind it hope it will become a model for others to follow. At a ribbon-cutting and groundbreaking ceremony on Jan. 26, children from Cox Elementary School were among the first to get their hands dirty in the … [Read more...]

Partnerships may yield ‘community farm’ at Moore-Mickens

Efforts have begun to lay the groundwork for a “community farm” on the property now under the supervision of the nonprofit Moore-Mickens Education Center and Vocational Center Inc. Whitney C. Elmore, director of the Pasco County Extension Office, said she has been talking to the Moore-Mickens nonprofit about the possibility of establishing the farm, which would involve the help of several other … [Read more...]

Pasco gives boost to community gardening

Pasco County could soon be the first in the state with a countywide ordinance to permit residents to grow community gardens. The proposed ordinance also would be the first countywide ordinance of its kind for Pasco. At a June 6 Pasco County Commission meeting in Dade City, county staff members explained what a community garden is and how it would operate. Commissioners are scheduled … [Read more...]

Pasco County projects axed by Gov. Scott

Gov. Rick Scott signed an $83 billion budget for 2018 and used his veto pen to slash nearly $22 million earmarked for Pasco County projects. In total Scott struck out nearly $410 million from local projects across Florida. Pasco lost about $15 million for a new interchange to connect Overpass Road with Interstate 75, and $4.3 million for the Thomas Varnadoe Forensic Center for Education … [Read more...]

We’re on the lookout for water-wise landscapes

The Pasco County Extension Office and Tampa Bay Water are looking for attractive landscapes with irrigation systems or techniques that minimize water waste and represent the best in Florida-Friendly Landscaping. We would love to present your outdoor oasis for relaxation and a haven for wildlife as a powerful environmentally friendly example of Florida-Friendly LandscapingTM. Florida-Friendly … [Read more...]

Extension Office could get makeover

The Pasco County Fair Association is seeking a state grant to help pay for a $1.1 million upgrade of the Pasco County Extension Office. The Extension Office — which is supported by state and county funding — now leases space from the fair association. But, the facility needs improvements and more space to expand its services. The state grant could address both needs. The Pasco County … [Read more...]

Public meeting set to discuss Extension Office location

Community members will have another chance to share their views on the future location of the Pasco County Extension Office. Extension now operates out of space owned by the Pasco County Fair Association, under an annual $17,000 lease, which is currently on a month-to-month basis. But, the office is too small and outdated to meet Extension’s needs. The county wants to improve … [Read more...]

Stitching together a life’s big moments

Perhaps it was how she was brought up, or maybe it’s just in her genes, but Sherry Lee Steiert never was interested in being a poster child for polio. Never mind that she’d have made a good one. Struck when she was just 7 years old and paralyzed for a time from the waist down, Steiert survived to create a life that was exceptionally normal — a marriage, four lively children, a career or three — … [Read more...]