Melissa Fordyce

“Show Me Your Trash”

World Water Monitoring Day will be celebrated on September 18th.  A local girl by the name of Emma Bolton has started a social media project called “Show Me Your Trash” to take place on September 18th in honor of World Water Monitoring Day.  The purpose of the project is to help clean up the environment and our waterways.   Under normal circumstances she would have loved to put together a live event but due to COVID she needs to think outside the box to obtain participation in this project.

Hernando County’s new UF/ IFAS Extension intern shares her passion for agriculture

The  UF/IFAS Extension Hernando County has a new 4-H Youth Development Intern, Sarah Cox.  Sarah joined the extension in February 2019, assisting Nancy Moores with whatever she needs and learning how each club works. She graduated from Crystal River High School in 2009, and was a substitute teacher in Citrus County before switching gears to follow her passion for agriculture.   Growing up in an agricultural family with a love of all livestock, helped her reach the decision to be an Extension agent.

Wild Foraging

On Friday June 22, 2018, I had the opportunity to attend a guided Wild Foraging program.  This took place at Chinsegut Conservation Center, and was presented by Kristin Wood of Dade Battlefield Historic State Park.  The purpose of the program was to educate the attendees in the wild edible plants native to Florida, and found in your backyard.  

Lots and Lots of Pineapples

One of our local readers invited the Hernando Sun to come by and check out his pineapple plants.  Acy Holly, who is 89 of Brooksville has over 100 pineapple plants. He started growing them about 5 or 6 years ago.  He said he found a pot with a plant in it one day, not knowing what type of plant it was, continued to water it. One day a pineapple started to grow, and he’s been growing them ever since. In the beginning his wife obtained a few tops that Publix saved for her, and over time the plants have doubled and tripled in number.

Summer in Hernando County, Camps and Activities

Summer is fast approaching, means the kids will be out of school and have lots of time to fill.  We’ve put together a list of some known programs throughout the county. Not sure is summer camps is a right choice?  Check out these ten big ways camp can improve your child’s life, provided by state camping program coordinator for Florida 4-H, youth development program of the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension:



1. They’ll dare to try something new.

Hernando County Good Neighbor Trail Community Bike Ride

On Saturday March 31, 2018, about 25 riders from the Hernando County area gathered to take part in the 8-mile, Good Neighbor Community Bike Trail Ride.  Hernando County Sheriff Al Nienhuis led the way on the causal, at your own pace ride. The journey began at 70 Russell Street, in downtown Brooksville, and treated riders to scenery of the city otherwise unseen. It offers a way to get out, get active, and remain healthy. This free, family friendly event was designed to celebrate and encourage citizens to see what has been done and the advantages it will have on our community.