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Alaqua Animal Refuge friend of the week

Let’s go swimming! Maddie is a playful, energetic 2 year old black lab that loves the water.  She has amazing potential and would be an excellent member of  an active family. Alaqua Animal Refuge is a no-kill animal refuge, located on a 10 acre farm housing more than 300 animals daily, ranging from dog, cats, horses, goats and birds. Alaqua Animal Refuge relies on the kindness and generosity of its supporters. If you would like to adopt Maddie or any...

A journey to the Glendale Memorial Nature Preserve

A fun and peculiar adventure not to be missed Up in the Northern part of Walton County sits an extraordinary and interesting place called the Glendale Memorial Nature Preserve. What a great morning I had off the beaten path, exploring living things, rusted things, and eco-friendly methods of laying the deceased to rest. Where else can you find a bamboo farm, Rustaphorian sculptures, a chufa farmer and a green burial ground? John Wilkerson, along with his brother Bill and John’s...

Mallard ducklings don’t make good Easter presents

Think twice before putting Florida’s native wildlife in jeopardy With Easter approaching, many parents contemplate purchasing mallard ducklings as gifts for their children.  The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) suggests buying your child the stuffed-animal version instead. “Although these ducklings might make nice pets while they’re young, they can live 10 years and quickly outgrow the cute-and-fuzzy stage, leaving full-size droppings on your patio and outdoor furniture,” FWC waterfowl management coordinator Joe Benedict said.  “When this happens, parents...

Alaqua Animal Refuge friend of the week

My name is Crash and I’m ready to rock! Injured pup makes speedy recovery thanks to some great folks! Crash, the Black Mouth Cur puppy brought to Alaqua Animal Refuge in late February after apparantly being dragged behind a vehicle, was released from medical quarantine Apr. 6,  and is now ready for adoption. Dozens of citizens sent donations in to care for Crash’s expensive medical care and the cards and letters poured in. There was enough money raised to pay...

Farmers Market to open in Freeport May 2

New Farmers’ markets in both North and South Walton County – Join the Fun CANCELLED The Agriculture and Communities Together (ACT) Walton coalition announces the creation of a new farmers’ market in Walton County.  The new market will open on Saturday, May 2nd from 8:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Owl’s Head in Freeport.  This open air market will operate weekly at the Owl’s Head Sales Center, located at 11286 Hwy. 331 South. Owl’s Head Farmers’ Market will be the...

Farmers Market in Seaside returns

Every Saturday  from 8 a.m. -12 p.m. through September This Saturday is the first Farmers Market of the year, and Raw and Juicy turns One!  Celebrate with Waffles and Hoola Hoops and lots of great local produce and goods. List of vendors: Vegan Chef Jamie Dietrich –  Chocolate and Whole Wheat  Waffles Moonlight Micro Farm – Hoola Hoops and Alfalfa and Sunflower Sprouts Twin Oaks Farm – Yummy Farm Fresh Organic Eggs, Preserves, and Ice Cream Touch of Grace Designs,...

Tomato plants available at Extension Office Apr. 3

Get your garden going with disease resistant tomatoes! The Walton County Master Gardeners will be selling tomato plants on Friday, April 3 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Walton County Extension Office. Available plants include the disease resistant varieties Crista, Roma, Red Defender, Fletcher, and Sugar Plum Grape. The plants are 50 cents each, or five for $2. The office will be continuing to sell the plants during office hours until they are all sold. Mike Goodchild, UF...

Local school children share their gardening wisdom

Walton County school kids busy with spring gardens Spring has arrived, and local children are busy with their school garden projects. Everything from planting zinnias to decorating outdoor furniture, to harvesting collards, the children are engaging in the excitement of watching things grow, and seeing the fruits of their labor. I took a look around at a few of the Walton County schools to see what they were up to, and there is much more than mulch getting spread around!...

Nature girl’s weekend picks

Take a hike along the Florida Trail Saturday, March 21, 2009 at 8:30 am.  Join the Florida Trail Association for a 7.6 mile hike on Eglin from Hwy 85 to Jr Walton Pond.  (You need an Eglin pass) Details: (850) 683-0803 or http://choctaw.floridatrail.org . Dunes at Topsail Hill State Preserve. Lori Ceier/Walton Outdoors Learn about the plants and animals that live in a dune ecosystem at Topsail Hill Topsail Hill State Preserve Saturday, March 21, 9:00 am Park at the...

A solution to a chore no dog owner likes

Local company offers green alternative for pet waste management It is undeniable, the family dog brings loads of joy and pleasure to your life.  But they also leave a lot of mess in your yard, and cleaning up after your pets is an unpleasant task no one looks forward to. Now there is a local company offering an option to dealing with the nasty hassle of cleaning up after your best friend.  America’s Pet Waste Specialist, fondly known as your...

Alaqua Animal Refuge friend of the week

SBM iso soulmate I enjoy long walks, cuddling, and fine food.  I am young, vibrant and ready to share my life with that special someone. Please call 850-880-6399 ask for Mickey. If you would like to adopt Mickey or any of the other available soulmates, contact Alaqua Animal Refuge at 850-880-6399 or go online at www.AlaquaAnimalRefuge.com...

Can your dog fetch you a drink from the refrigerator?

Dog Talk: Training dogs to perform complicated behaviors Teaching dogs to ‘sit’, ‘down’ or ‘stay’ is straightforward if we understand the basics of how dogs learn. But teaching dogs complicated behaviors that do not come naturally to them, or as a behavior analyst would say ‘they are not in the learner’s current repertoire’, is not a simple procedure. When a behavior cannot be captured, or is too complicated to lure or does not occur naturally which tool do professional dog...