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Agriculture

The Tampa Bay region of Florida is ripe with urban and community garden spaces that feed people in cities, while rural farms continue to grow citrus, peaches, strawberries, blueberries, tomatoes, other veggies, ornamentals, trees and even fish. Most fish, however, both shell fish -- like shrimp, oysters, clams and crabs -- and the kind anglers go after -- such as grouper, snapper, pompano and tarpon -- thrive in Gulf waters and local Bays. 

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Voces Excepcionales: Lecciones de Wimauma para gente inteligente

Los responsables de las políticas públicas, funcionarios, educadores, líderes empresariales y comunitarios probablemente no piensan en Wimauma cuando buscan nuevas ideas, innovación e inspiración. Pero si lo hicieran, ¿Qué verían?

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ComfyTree marijuana conference in Tampa

With medical marijuana now legalized in Florida, ComfyTree offers a crash course on what prospectors need to know about getting into the industry.

Delia Garcia, senior liaison, National Education Association, speaks at the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics event at H.C.C. in Ruskin.

Migrant families face familiar hardships in schools

A national White House initiative arrives in Hillsborough County to learn more about the special challenges migrant families face in trying to access education for their children.

Alejandra Ceja, Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics speaks at the event held at H.C.C. in Ruskin.

Familias migrantes hablan sobre retos en escuelas

Una iniciativa nacional de la Casa Blanca llega al Condado de Hillsborough para escuchar sobre los retos que los padres migrantes enfrentan al tratar de involucrarse en la educación de sus hijos.  

Armando Rocha, five, is one of Jose and Reyna Rocha's 42 grandkids.

Tenacidad de una pareja de Wimauma lleva a progreso familiar y comunitario

Con un espíritu empresarial para responder a las necesidades de la comunidad, hace más de 25 años Reyna y José Rocha abrieron un negocio de abarrotes en Wimauma.  

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Lingering summer heat still wilting your ‘do? Get ready to be cool outdoors in the Tampa Bay region

Whatever your outdoor pleasure -- birding, corn mazes, pumpkins, colorful leaves, bicycling, wildflowers, goats, etc. -- you can find fun things to do in the fall like no other season that will lure you, your friends and family to get outside and play.

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Local craft beer industry, scientific passion fuel growth of Florida hops

As experiments to grow hops in Florida find success, demand created by the growing local brew scene may prove to be a boon to the state’s struggling citrus growers.

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From beer to batter, entrepreneurs capitalize on social nature of sharing food

Ever dream that your grandpa’s signature hot sauce might be your recipe for success? While starting any business is no easy task, becoming a food entrepreneur is a special challenge. Find out what makes a food-based venture cook with lessons from some of our most recent Tampa Bay startups.

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How does your garden grow? St. Petersburg students learn hands-on about fresh food

The Edible Peace Patch Project, originally the vision of an Eckerd College professor, has now expanded to seven schools in South St. Petersburg, with a small army of volunteers helping teach kids about gardening and more.

Le'Anns Cheesecake 'N More

Food entrepreneur bakes cheesecake in a jar

Part 4 in a series: Ever dream that your grandpa’s signature hot sauce might be your recipe for success? While starting any business is no easy task, becoming a food entrepreneur is a special challenge. Find out what makes a food-based venture cook with lessons from some of our most recent Tampa Bay startups.

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Food entrepreneur takes prepared meals to market

Problem: When it comes to prepared meals, most big food manufacturers aren’t producing the products that people want, i.e. fresh food that tastes great and makes you feel good about eating. Solution? Healthy packaged meals using natural and organic ingredients.

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Food entrepreneurs in Florida start from scratch

While starting any business is no easy task, becoming a food entrepreneur is a special challenge. Find out what makes a food-based venture cook with lessons from some of our most recent Tampa Bay startups.

John Richardson prepares his Jon's Gourmet Products Jerk Smoked Turkey Spread.

Local food entrepreneurs find recipes for success

Ever dream that your grandpa’s signature hot sauce might be your recipe for success? While starting any business is no easy task, becoming a food entrepreneur is a special challenge. Find out what makes a food-based venture cook with lessons from some of our most recent Tampa Bay startups.

Cedar Key clams.

What's next for Pasco County? Grow as agritourism destination

UF thought leader urges Pasco County to embrace the vision of Extension Director Whitney Elmore to invest in agritourism to build communities, create jobs and produce readily accessible locally grown food. 

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Where to find urban farming in the Tampa Bay region? Here are 3 places to go

The nationwide farm-to-table movement grows in the Tampa Bay region as a small but feisty group of intrepid farmers convert small parcels of acreage into bountiful crops teeming with organic produce, healthy plants and food-producing livestock.
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