October Events: 

October 22nd from 12PM - 1PM

Florid Friendly Lunch and Learn:  Ways to Protect Your Waterfront

One of the most important steps you can take to protect any water body is maintaining a waterside 10-foot “low-maintenance zone.” Do not mow, fertilize, or use pesticides in this zone. Protect native aquatic plants such as giant bullrush and maidencane and remove invasive exotic species like water hyacinth and purple loosestrife. A stormwater pond or canal can become an aesthetically pleasing and lively place, edged with plants and home to wildlife. 


- The low-maintenance zone means less mowing 

- You may see increased wildlife activity with the addition of shoreline plants 

- Flood-tolerant plants along the water’s edge are known to help reduce  contaminants in water 

- The diversity of flowering and other plants enhances the beauty of the waterfront 

 INSTRUCTOR: Michelle Leonard-Mularz, UF/IFAS Extension Monroe County Environmental Horticulture Agent

This event is FREE, however pre-registration is required.  Once you have completed this Eventbrite registration, you will be sent a confirmation email along with the ZOOM LINK for the workshop. If you have not used Zoom before, it is easy to use! You can participate through your home computer, smartphone or other listening devices.

Click HERE to Register!


October 6th through November 17th 

Sustainable Living and Leadership Series Course

Based off of the Sustainable Floridians program, this course will be offered in Florida starting in October. 


This will be a virtual course meeting online every Wednesday at 6:00pm-7:30pm ET from October 6th to November 17th. The class fee is $120. The course will also have a local session component for residents in counties from Brevard south to Monroe, which will meet online every Thursday at 6:00pm-7:30pm from October 7th to November 18th. During the local session you’ll hear from local guest speakers working on sustainability principles and measures and there will be virtual field trips. We will also have a challenge every week that we’ll ask you to complete as you think about incorporating sustainability in your home and community.

You can register for the course here:     Click HERE to Register!

Sustainable Living