UF/IFAS Nassau Extension Director Rebecca Jordi has written a children’s book –Zoe’s Mission – and plans to donate its proceeds to the UF/IFAS horticulture program, specifically in support of 4-H programming such as the Zebra Project. The project is a Nassau Extension program designed to get children – and adults – interested in observing caterpillars and chrysalises and then charting them.

The desire is to increase the number of Zebra Longwing butterflies, the Florida State Butterfly, in our area. Four other local butterflies and their life cycles are also introduced in the book. This is a required CORE standard for students, in addition to knowing the life cycle. Master Gardener volunteers have planted passion vines in two locations – one at America’s Youth in Fernandina Beach and another at the Boys & Girls Club on Nassauville Road. Passion vines are a natural draw for the zebra longwing butterfly. To help promote the book and the upcoming Amelia Island Book Festival, Jordi and Master Gardener Volunteer Joanne Roach will appear on the February 11 episode of First Coast Living. Roach illustrated the book, and Kathy Warner provided its graphics.

Pictured from left are Master Gardener volunteers Lynn West, Karl Schaffer and Joanne Roach, UF/IFAS Nassau Extension Director and author Rebecca Jordi, and Master Gardener volunteer Carol Ann Atwood, all holding Jordi’s newly-released book, Zoe/s Mission, which will be on sale Feb. 13-15 during the Amelia Island Book Festival.

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