The Florida Heritage Foods Initiative launched its third farmers market May 8 to showcase Florida’s agricultural diversity from cultures across the globe. Co-hosted with Grove Street Farmers Market on 1001 NW 4th St., it brought additional small-scale vendors and educational groups to feature the history and impact of worldwide cultural influence to local farming. The FHFI is a three-year USDA grant project between the Florida Organic Growers and Santa Fe College. Event coordinator Kathy Anderson said each FHFI farmers market will present a new theme based on in-season agriculture and international holidays. “Each farmers market will be a unique experience,” she said. “It all stems on what’s in season for that event, and the time of year for the event.”
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UF students gathered at the Reitz Grand Ballroom Feb. 12 to watch Change Party's and Vision Party's Spring 2024 executive ticket candidates debate in preparation for the upcoming Student Government election.
Reina Saco and her family immigrated from Cuba to the United States when she was 4. They were held in a refugee camp for about a year before being paroled. Today, she is a Gainesville city commissioner-at-large -- a highly educated woman who strives to assist low-income and immigrant community members while maintaining the city's safety. Saco recently gave birth to her first child, Jojo. She works with her husband, Adam, to balance motherhood and government all at once. Holding a powerful position as a woman, immigrant and mother puts her in uncomfortable and dangerous situations daily, yet she remains brave and bold in her actions, words and lifestyle.
Cindy Smock, "Sister Cindy," an evangelical street preacher with over 425,000 TikTok followers returned to UF campus on Monday, Jan. 29 to Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2024.