UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County helps you build a better future, bringing together the resources of Sarasota County Government and the University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS).
As part of the national extension system founded in 1914, we provide practical education to help you make informed choices. We translate research into community initiatives, classes, and volunteer opportunities related to food systems, water and environmental resources, and youth and community resource development. View a timeline of our history.
Backed by the commitment of Sarasota County Government to foster thriving, sustainable communities, we develop and deliver economically viable, environmentally sound, and socially equitable programs and services. View our 2018 impacts brochure to learn more about how we work with you to make better lives and better communities.
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- Food safety: Dine outdoors, minus the dangers06/19/2019 7:00 AM
Who doesn’t enjoy a summer picnic or barbecue with family and friends? Summer is a great time to get outside and enjoy these warm weather events but these events also present opportunities for foodborne bacteria to thrive. As... Read More
- UF Students Join NCAA Final Four Sustainability Squad06/11/2019 12:02 PM
By H. Hopper and C. Lanzone UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County interns TAMPA – As events go, they don’t get much bigger than an NCAA Final Four. So, when Randy Penn, waste reduction agent at UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County,... Read More
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- Updated FAQ: Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE)06/11/2019 7:12 AM
Frequently Asked Questions about PACE By Lee Hayes Byron, Sara Kane and Sophia Mondous UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County The Sarasota County Commission adopted an ordinance setting the framework for a Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program Oct. 11,... Read More
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- Take part in first World Food Safety Day06/06/2019 11:27 AM
Join the activities slated for the first World Food Safety Day, this Friday (June 7). Visit the food safety day pages at the United Nations and the World Health Organization web sites to learn the importance of food safety, the keys... Read More
- A Passion for Purple06/05/2019 11:53 AM
It is very likely that you know a few people who have a passion for purple, and celebrated author Alice Walker noted that it’s almost a cardinal sin for one to ignore nature’s salute to the color purple... Read More
- Learn to “Recycle Right” with UF/IFAS06/04/2019 11:12 AM
“Recycle Right” is a new, open-discussion class focused on the issues we face in Sarasota County. The first offering in this series focuses on recycling, with waste reduction, recycling, composting, and other topics on tap through the course... Read More
- EVENT: Ramp up to recycle06/03/2019 1:28 PM
“Recycle Right” is a new, open-discussion class focused on the issues we face in Sarasota County. The first offering in this free-and-open-to-the-pubic series comes June 26, and focuses on recycling, with waste reduction, recycling, composting, and other topics... Read More
- EVENT: Mighty (and mightily misunderstood) Florida sharks06/03/2019 1:18 PM
Know your blacktip? How about your bonnethead? Bull? Hammerhead? Any? All? Discover amazing facts about the sharks that inhabit our Florida waters. Our free, two-hour class on June 18 will get you up to speed on the array... Read More
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- EVENT: The lowdown on Florida snakes06/03/2019 1:06 PM
Many people fear snakes, but did you know that they are actually very beneficial animals? Join us July 12 for our free “Florida Snakes” class to learn an array of fascinating facts about these often-misunderstood creatures. So, how... Read More
- EVENT: Proper palm pruning, made simple06/03/2019 1:02 PM
Palms are as much a part of Florida as sunshine. So why are they so misunderstood regarding care and maintenance? Why are we still performing hurricane pruning when it shortens the life expectancy? What is the correct way to care... Read More