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Wheelchairs available at several South Walton beach accesses

High tech chairs offer beach enjoyment for mobility challenged Being mobility challenged can be frustrating, especially when one wants to enjoy our beautiful beaches in South Walton. However, five South Walton Fire District Lifeguard Stations offer beach wheelchairs for public use, making access much easier. This service is offered at no charge through a partnership between South Walton Fire District (SWFD) and the Walton County Tourist Development Council. The beach wheelchairs are located at the following accesses from west to...

It’s blueberry picking time in Northwest Florida

Where to find local sweet blueberries to pick or purchase  June and July is the time of year to head out and find tasty Florida blueberries. In addition to a great topping for cereal or salads, blueberry pancakes, muffins and coffee cakes are also a popular homemade treat for blueberry lovers. Many locals take advantage of the local pick-your-own farms and stock up by purchasing berries by the gallon from local growers. Since the fruit freezes well, many buy in...

Memorial Day services in north and south Walton May 31

Gum Creek Cemetery Annual Memorial Day Service – DeFuniak Springs The Gum Creek Cemetery Memorial Day service will be held on Monday May 31, 2021. The service will be held at the Gum Creek Cemetery near Glendale, Florida and will begin at 8 a.m. Gum Creek Cemetery is one of the oldest Cemeteries in Walton County serving our community for over 160 years. The cemetery marks the final resting place of veterans of the American wars all the way back to the early...

Yellow flies are back!

It’s that time of year again, and those nasty yellow flies are biting… here are some tips for armoring yourself In Florida, the name “yellow fly” is used to describe about a dozen different species of yellow-bodied biting flies. “Yellow flies” readily attack humans and are usually abundant in Florida with peak annoyance occurring in May and June. “Yellow flies” are in the family known as Tabanidae. All tabanids go through an egg, larva, pupa and adult stage, referred to...

Managing Stormwater in a Changing Florida Panhandle webinar May 12 & 19

Join UF IFAS Extension for a two-part webinar series ‘Managing Stormwater in a Changing Florida Panhandle’ on May 12th  from 8-10 am CST (9-11 am EST), and May 19th  from 8-10 am CST (9-11 am EST). The webinar series will cover stormwater management, green infrastructure and low impact development. Please register through the following Eventbrite link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/managing-stormwater-in-a-changing-florida-panhandle-tickets-150535308159 A detailed agenda can be found on the Eventbrite page. 4 Professional Development Hours (PDH) will be offered for Professional Engineers through the...

Using houseplants to clean the air seminar online May 5

Walton County Master Gardeners are pleased to present the May installment of their Lecture Series. At 10:00 AM on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 via ZOOM, Dara Dobson, Owner of 7 Pines Native Nursery and a Master Gardener, will discuss using various houseplants to improve air quality in our homes and offices. She will cover which common items release chemicals into the air we breathe, and which plants will be effective in reducing their presence. Since so many of us are...

Honey bee seminar in DeFuniak Springs April 7

The Walton County Master Gardeners will be hosting a bee seminar at the Walton County Extension Office and virtually via ZOOM conference on Wed., April 7, 2021 from 10 – 11 a.m. Join Master Gardener Lindsey Jackson of NoWal Farms and learn backyard beekeeping and how to bring honey bees to your garden for pollination and to increase your yields. To join the Zoom meeting go to https://ufl.zoom.us/j/98387430963?pwd=c0dRLzZnRGdEYXJxeEZHVXF4NXhxdz09 There will be very limited seating for those who want to attend...

Tractor parade and farmer’s market in DeFuniak Springs March 20

Main Street DeFuniak Springs will kick off its 2021 Farmer’s Market Season on Saturday, March 20, 2021, on Baldwin Avenue. In addition to the variety of vendors, the opening day will include a tractor parade with numerous rare and restored tractors. Patrons are invited to shop the market beginning at 8:00 a.m. and the parade will begin at 10:00 a.m. Hosted weekly the Main Street Farmer’s Market is held every Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to noon. Vendors are setup on...

Community garden sprouts up in Santa Rosa Beach

Cultivate Community Gardens (CCG) has started construction on a community garden at Padgett Park on J.D. Miller Road in Santa Rosa Beach. Tracy Miller, vice president of CCG, grew up on an organic farm in Iowa. After moving to Florida to an area with limited options for gardening, she realized how important gardening was to her well-being. With many HOA-restricted neighborhoods with limited garden options, CCG decided to offer plots to the community. Per an agreement with Walton County, CCG...

Spring flowering shrubs and trees virtual lecture March 3

Join the Walton County Master Gardeners for a free virtual lecture ‑ Spring Flowering Shrubs and Trees featuring new plants to consider for your landscape on March 3, 2021. The lecture will be via Zoom from 10 – 11:30 a.m. CST. Daniel Leonard, the Director of Calhoun County Extension and Horticulture Agent, will present the program.  He will be discussing plants specific for Walton County growing zones 8 and 9.  Everyone loves to add more color to their surroundings, especially...

Virtual bee college offered in March 2021

Interested in learning about honey bees? Join the University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Honey Bee Research and Extension Laboratory for the 2021 Spring Virtual UF/IFAS Bee College! Imagine FOUR Saturday mornings in March 2021 of all things honey bees. Those new to beekeeping can follow the beginner track, while more experienced beekeepers can participate in sessions focused on honey bee stressors and other advanced topics related to beekeeping. Speakers include UF/IFAS faculty, staff, students, members from...

Home and Garden Show in DeFuniak Springs March 20

The DeFuniak Springs Home and Garden Show is a local marketplace where you can shop for home-related products and services, purchase unique decor and gifts from arts and crafts vendors to local hobby farms. View displays to help inspire your next home project, connect with home improvement and real estate professionals, and enjoy informative presentations from local home and garden experts. The event will be held on Saturday, March 20, 2021 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Walton...