UF/IFAS Extension and Sarasota County place the highest priority on the safety and health of our community members, staff and volunteers. To help stem the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, we have suspended in-person activities until further notice. We are still here to serve you by phone at 941-861-5000 and email to email@example.com, and you can find contact information for programs and staff members at sarasota.ifas.ufl.edu/staff.
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Stay safe, and thank you for your understanding and assistance in these difficult times.
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The COVID-19 pandemic has caused major disruptions to Florida food markets. Sales of food products to restaurants and schools have fallen drastically. Some farmers markets have closed. Sales through grocery stores spiked upward initially, but recent limits on... Read More
- The whys and hows of cutting waste generation in business04/06/2020 11:44 AM
As we all have stepped away from our businesses across the county, perhaps it is a good time to consider some new waste-reduction strategies for when we return to the office. There are numerous ways and reasons to reduce... Read More
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- Be-at-home with nature series: Great horned owls04/03/2020 6:19 PM
Be-at-home with nature, while staying-at-home! Today, April 3rd, starts our stay-at-home order in Florida. While we are connecting through technology, don’t forget the joy, health benefits, and stress relief that being out in nature provides us. Whether you... Read More
- Good To Grow! Spring 2020 Update04/03/2020 10:12 AM
COVID-19 Update It is our hope that you and your family are well and are staying safe. To say that these are trying times, is an understatement. However, the UF/IFAS Extension commitment to our community, clientele, and stakeholders,... Read More
- Avoid picking up something “extra” while grocery shopping04/03/2020 4:36 AM
We all are doing our best to stay inside and limit our travel, in these trying times. But, might still find ourselves in need of a run for groceries. How do you protect yourself at the store? Here... Read More
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- Water conservation in a stay-at-home world04/02/2020 1:56 PM
Looking for a fun activity to do by yourself or with your family? Yesterday, I challenged my family members to calculate their average daily water use using the Southwest Florida Water Management District Water Use Calculator. At dinner, we... Read More
- Make your world a little bigger04/01/2020 12:28 PM
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- Desinfecte su hogar… de forma segura03/30/2020 1:53 PM
Coautor: Armando Ubeda, Marine and Coastal (Sea Grant) agent UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County Con la pandemia de coronavirus / COVID-19 al frente de nuestra vida cotidiana, hemos escuchado una y otra vez la importancia del lavarse las manos... Read More
- What… now I have to do science?03/27/2020 5:19 PM
YES, you, too, can do science at home! You might be wondering how to keep your children or students involved? What online tools are there that are educational? Or, how do I replicate experiences that are normally interactive,... Read More
- 4-H radish project goes to the worms03/27/2020 1:08 PM
From seed to salad and beyond, radishes have been big this year at UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County. Now, worms are, too. Each year, our 4-H program partners with our school gardens program, the Sarasota County 4-H Foundation and... Read More