Pasco County can remake itself as an agritourism destination where visitors flock to U-pick farms, shop for locally produced olive oil, and get a close-up look at where their milk and ice cream come from.
It can reimagine its transportation to integrate improved roads, bike paths and pedestrian walkways in a carefully considered plan for moving people from A to B. Pasco’s eastside “food deserts” could recede beneath the success of a community garden that makes fresh produce available to folks who currently are reliant on convenience stores for much of their diet.
It’s an ambitious agenda, and it’s just dreams right now. But part of the reason UF/IFAS has such success in building communities is that we help communities believe in themselves.
It happened in the story we call “Clamelot” – how IFAS Extension work contributed to the economic revival of Cedar Key into a clam farming capital. It happened in Live Oak, where IFAS Extension brought together and inspired local leaders to invest in remaking their community after the devastation wrought by Tropical Storm Debby in 2010.