Guest Commentary American farmers keep this country going

By Gary Ritter Florida Farm Bureau Even when the world is in full-blown crisis mode under the effects of war, natural disasters or disease, the American farmer keeps going and never shuts down. Yes, it’s true. The American farmer, grower and rancher provides all of us with three-plus meals a day. It’s also true that […]

Immokalee students explore SWFL’s coastal habitat

NAPLES, Fla. (March 18, 2020) – More than 125 second-graders from Immokalee paired up with volunteers to explore Southwest Florida’s unique coastal habitat in a fun-filled field trip to Marco Island. Guadalupe Center’s 28th annual Buddy Day was held Feb. 17 at Hideaway Beach on Marco Island, where students rotated through interactive learning stations, crafts […]

Local Human Rights Activists mentioned in Time Magazine

A worker-based human rights organization that is dedicated to helping migrant farmworkers, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) was recently named in a special issue of Time Magazine’s “People and Groups Fighting for a More Equal America”. Recognized for their Fair Food Program’s fight against long-standing labor abuses, CIW cofounders Laura Germino, Lucas Benitez, and […]

Women of the (239) meet Immokalee’s Future Leaders

Naples – Pathways Early Education Center of Immokalee (Pathways) welcomed the Women of the (239) to meet Immokalee’s future leaders. Nearly 30 women drove to the farming community of Immokalee to learn more about the positive impacts of early education for children living in poverty. Established in January 2016, Women of the (239) is a […]

Meals of Hope Healthy Crock Pot demo arms Immokalee families

NAPLES – Meals of Hope, the largest food pantry provider in Southwest Florida, held a healthy crock pot cooking event to arm 40 Immokalee families with the tools they need to prepare nutritious meals safely and easily in their own homes. In partnership with Immokalee Technical College Culinary Arts Department and the Southwest Florida Blue […]

Clyde Butcher’s Photography Exhibit Coming to the IMAG

The IMAG History & Science Center announces an exciting, new photography exhibit at the museum called “Cuba: The Natural Beauty” by Clyde Butcher, award-winning photographer, conservationist, and humanitarian. The exhibit runs from Friday, March 6 to Sunday, May 31, 2020. Declared “The Year of the Mountains” in 2002, Butcher was invited to photograph the mountains […]

Inspiring People of Collier County Firefighter/Dispatcher: Melissa Franco

A dedicated public servant, Hendry County Firefighter and dispatcher for the Collier County Sheriff’s Office, Melissa Franco doesn’t let the hours of dialysis and battling Chronic Kidney Disease- stop her from hardwork. Doctors have told her she will need another kidney because her illness has progressed to End Stage Renal Disease, the last stage of […]

Meals of Hope expands mobile food pantry outreach

NAPLES – Meals of Hope, the largest food pantry provider in Southwest Florida, will be able to help even more people in need of food assistance with the expansion of its weekly mobile food pantry outreach at a new location: Farm Workers Village 1724 Elm Hammock Circle, ImmokaleeThursdays from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Anyone who […]

Paws in the Park Fundraiser tickets are now available

Collier County Domestic Animal Services is hosting Paws in the Park family fun walk on Saturday, March 21, from 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., at North Collier Regional Park, 15000 Livingston Road, Naples, FL 34109. Animal lovers can bring their dogs and take the three-mile stroll or opt for the shorter one-mile stroll around the […]

Congrats Immokalee High School Beta Team Members

The Immokalee Beta Club traveled to Orlando from January 17-19, 2020 and returned to Immokalee Florida State Champs! Below is a list of how team members placed: 2nd place Fiber Arts Lisset Ruiz; 2nd place 9th grade Spanish Yuridia Calhua; 3rd place poetry Rosaura Morales; 1st place 12 grade Math Wenchy Dutreuil; 1st place 11th […]