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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- Keeping your student’s school lunch safe08/21/2019 7:19 AM
As our children head back to school, we are sometimes overwhelmed with all the supplies students need for their classes. It’s easy to overlook the value of a good, insulated lunch container. Our days in Florida are hot,... Read More
- Women in STEM Careers: Dr. Emily Hall08/20/2019 2:31 PM
Throughout history, women have been instrumental in advancing science, in key discoveries and insightful developments. Some of my favorite contemporary scientists are women, including Dr. Sylvia Earle, Dr. Jane Goodall, and Dr. Eugenie “Genie” Clark, each of whom... Read More
- For the love of bugs!08/19/2019 3:11 PM
“It’s a buggy world” is a sentiment that definitely rings true here in the sunshine state. With a conservative estimate of over 12,000 species of insects in Florida, there seems to be six-legged critters everywhere you look. Have... Read More
- Getting back to school, and into sustainability08/02/2019 2:11 PM
By Lee Hayes Byron, Sophia Moundous, and Randall Penn UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County It’s back to school time across Sarasota County, and a good time to mix a little sustainability into the race back to the classroom. We’ve... Read More
- EVENT: Engineering open house for youth08/02/2019 10:03 AM
Join us Sept. 18 for an open house to showcase for youth the array of engineering paths, careers and options available. From 6-8 p.m., co-hosts UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County 4-H and Sarasota UF Innovation Station will highlight the... Read More
- EVENT: Cooking with Herbs and Spices08/02/2019 9:46 AM
Join us Sept. 11 for our free class showing you a healthy way to add flavor to your recipes. Cooking with herbs and spices not only adds flavor and punch to foods, but they also can help reduce... Read More
- EVENT: Native Plants for Birds08/02/2019 9:41 AM
Songbirds bring joy and beauty to our lives, favoring us with their amazing melodies and enchanting nature. Our free class Aug. 21 will show you how to attract throngs of songbirds to your yard, simply. We’ll show you... Read More
- EVENT: What’s Happening in Agriculture08/02/2019 9:31 AM
Join us Aug. 20 and meet our new Extension sustainable agriculture agent, Sarah Bostick, at our free “What’s Happening in Agriculture” event. From 2-3 p.m. at the UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County office, Sarah will share the latest trends... Read More
- A small cottage remodel becomes a big Green Building project07/30/2019 2:05 PM
By Curt Preisser and Erika Bingham Special for UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County Sarasota County resident Erika Brigham began promoting renewable energy in the early 1970’s. She trained to become an architect at the Boston Architectural Center, a training... Read More
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- Fight the bite with mosquito repellents07/25/2019 12:28 PM
Summer is in full swing with the heat, humidity, and summer rains. Although we are happy to welcome the rain, the mosquitoes that accompany the rainy season are usually unwelcomed visitors. Container mosquitoes, Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus,... Read More