Florida’s economy may run on tourism, but agriculture is next in line. Fellsmere, in northern Indian River County, is home to citrus groves, farms and cattle ranches. It is also the home of Ecotone Farm owned and operated by Jerry and Tamara Renick.
In business since 2012, its name gives a clue to its philosophy — Ecotone’s mission is to produce a high quality, nutritious product that has little to no impact on the natural environment, is pesticide free and non-GMO (genetically modified organism).
Over the years, Ecotone has expanded to produce 20,000 units of hydroponic lettuce as well as several varieties of tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and more. Ecotone supplies local restaurants, country clubs and grocers and features an on-site fresh market at... Read more >>
Youth Guidance Mentoring Academy delivers care packages
Children attending Youth Guidance Mentoring Academy got a special surprise when they received care packages full of goodies delivered right to their doorstep. Youth Guidance staff members hand-delivered care packages to 50 low-income children in need. The packages included puzzles, games, toothbrushes, hygiene products, snacks and more.
“You could see the kids’ faces light up immediately when they saw our van. A lot of them ran out to meet us – they were so excited!” said Youth Guidance Mentoring Academy Executive Director Phil Barnes. “We wanted to do something to let our kids know that we are still in their corner, and I definitely think we accomplished that today.”
Youth Guidance Mentoring Academy provides one-on-one and group mentoring programs to more than 300 children a year from low-income families living in Indian River County. The organization will continue assembling care packages to help even more children, and it is seeking assistance from the local community to do so.
“With a donation of $10, anyone can provide a care package for one of our Youth Guidance students,” Barnes said. “Already, we’ve seen the local community step forward to help us accomplish our goal of delivering packages to all the children we serve.”
The Youth Guidance Board of Directors was so impressed by the amount of donations made by the community, that they decided to match the next $450 donated for the care packages.
To make a donation, visit the Youth Guidance website at: https://www.youthguidanceprogram.org/
If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, mentor, volunteering, or learning more about Youth Guidance Mentoring Academy, call 772-492-3933 or visit our website.
Let’s stay open St. Lucie!
As Florida continues to experience daily growth in Covid-19 cases, the St. Lucie County Chamber of Commerce would like to remind you how important it is to continue the reopening process. Double digit unemployment is not sustainable and contradictory to a healthy economy.
Our nation is facing formidable obstacles in the fight against this global pandemic. Risky behavior could result in a backslide of restrictions. With so much at stake, we want to encourage you to maintain minimum safety standards and are asking for cooperation of courtesy. Let’s err on the side of caution. Social distance, wash your hands, sanitize, and wear a mask. In a time where many of us are feeling helpless, there is something you can do. Protect yourself, your family, your friends, and your co-workers. It doesn’t matter what you believe, or what you are fighting for, you’re doing it for others, not for yourself! Let’s stay open St. Lucie!
Disposable masks, cloth masks and sanitizer are in stock and available through the chamber. Click here.
Remember Treasure Coast nonprofits
If you are in a position, consider a gift to a Treasure Coast nonprofit affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Find the needs of many area nonprofits and how to give at treasurecoastnonprofits.com
Sunrise Rotary Vero Beach held annual dinner at the Vero Heritage
Sunrise Rotary Vero Beach held their 2020-21 Installation dinner at the Vero Heritage on Saturday June 13th. Sixty brave Rotarians and guests ventured out to share this annual event. 2019-20 President Robin Pelensky gave awards to those that served her on various committees but held out the Service Above Self award for Secretary, Pam O'Donnell and Rotarian of the Year Award to Executive Secretary/PR Chair, Deb Avery. Past District Governor Arthur Hodge installed the new officers; President Richard Giessert, Immediate Past President Robin Pelensky, President Elect Marty Lewis, VP Pam O'Donnell, Secretary Christine Steinkrauss, Treasurer Chris Vorce, Membership Chair Laura Kennedy, board members Jane Burton and Jason Fykes, with one seat to be determined at the first board meeting July 14th.
Entries accepted June 15 through July 8, 2020 (Enter once per day)
Additional Prizes from our contest sponsors:
Heaton’s Vero Beach $100 Gift Certificate
Casey’s Place $50 Gift Certificate
Beginning July 1, the Environmental Learning Center (ELC) is offering Family Adventures. Due to the recent spike in COVID-19 cases, the ELC team decided they did not want to potentially increase transmission of the virus and not offer traditional summer camps in 2020. The health and safety of our community has been, and will continue to be ELC’s primary focus.
These Lagoon Island Family Adventures will allow ELC to draw on their strengths to deliver an even greater impact — balancing outdoor activity, fun, learning and protection of health. Heather Kramer, an Environmental Educator at the ELC said, “In an effort to still be able to serve the community with outdoor opportunities, we are offering camp-like activities for the whole family to enjoy!”
Lagoon Island Family Adventures is a private family excursion for groups of up to eight people, allowing families to enjoy outdoor summer fun safely together. This two-hour program is led by an ELC Environmental Educator. The price of these private excursions is $80. Scholarship opportunities are available.
Family adventurers can choose three activities, including seine net fishing, campfire cooking, survivor hour, nature journaling and an aquarium experience. ELC’s classic activities include canoeing, pond dip netting and benthic exploration are also among the opportunities to choose from.
As a service to readers and restaurants on the Treasure Coast, Indian River Magazine Inc. has created a website directory of restaurants, bars, breweries and wineries in St. Lucie, Indian River and Martin counties. The site includes hours of operation, if carryout/delivery is available, as well as popular dishes. See the site at treasurecoastrestaurants.com
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