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7/9/19: Front Yard Vegetable Gardens; Allergies; 'First Coast Connect' Book Club

Man in Overalls

It’s now legal in Florida to grow a vegetable garden in your front yard. The new law is seen as a victory for urban gardeners and food activists working to fight hunger and food insecurity.

Nathan Ballentine, aka “The Man in Overalls,” a Jacksonville-based travelling urban farmer, entrepreneur, educator, and community organizer; and Michael Neff of Feeding Northeast Florida, joined us for a closer look. They also had tips on how to grow your own front yard vegetable garden.


Summer in Florida means not just wilting heat, but also allergies. Dr. Paul Walker, a board-certified otolaryngologist - or ENT doctor - with Baptist ENT Specialists provided advice for folks struggling with allergies.

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Fill-in host Jessica Palombo with Stacey Goldring and her book club selections.

First Coast Connect Book Club

Stacey Goldring joined us with this month’s First Coast Connect Book Club selections - which will make you want to get outside and explore the Sunshine State’s flora and fauna.

Heather Schatz can be reached at, 904-358-6334 or on Twitter at @heatherschatz.