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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- What’s happening with the recycling in Sarasota County?01/24/2020 2:46 PM
January has been a big month for recycling in Sarasota County, primarily with the switch to a single-stream collection system across unincorporated areas of the county (that is, not in city limits). Single-stream recycling is a method of... Read More
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- Food Label Dates: Cleaning out fading foods01/23/2020 11:57 AM
We know that paying attention to the dates on food items is important, and that manufactures provide these dates to tell consumers about quality and, in some cases, food safety. In this last Food Label Dates post, we... Read More
- Food Label Dates: Cracking down on egg freshness01/23/2020 11:12 AM
In our previous Food Label Dates posts, we talked about some terminology used on the food packaging. But what about eggs? Besides all the different sizes and varieties of eggs, how long do eggs keep their peak freshness?... Read More
- Food Label Dates: What do all those dates mean?01/23/2020 10:23 AM
In the last Food Label Dates post, we discussed why it’s important to pay attention to food product dating. It helps us know if the item is still of good quality, and lets us know if the food... Read More
- Food Label Dates: Basics for the consumer01/22/2020 7:44 AM
We’ve started 2020. When you roll over the calendar, it’s a good reminder to roll through your food pantry. Have you looked at your pantry lately? Does it contain cans from 2010? Did you know you had a... Read More
- EVENT: Get started (or more involved) with composting01/21/2020 3:08 PM
Join us Feb. 13 for “Let’s Make Some Black Gold!“, a look at composting, waste reduction and recycling in our area. This 90-minute workshop blends indoor lessons with outdoor, hands-on activities in our compost demonstration area, and includes... Read More
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- EVENT: Instant pressure cooker basics01/21/2020 3:02 PM
Sure, you could “experiment” in the kitchen with your new, electric multicooker, the great tool that it is for working professionals, busy parents and active seniors. But, better to join us Jan. 28 for our easy, 2-hour “Cooking... Read More
- EVENT: Native Plants for Birds01/21/2020 2:52 PM
Songbirds bring joy and beauty to our lives, favoring us with their amazing melodies and enchanting nature. Join us Feb. 3 or Feb. 4 for a free class showing you how to attract throngs of songbirds to your... Read More
- Teenagers help out around the nest!01/02/2020 4:37 AM
Often teenagers get a bad reputation… sleeping in, laying around on the couch, spending too much time on technology. Not the teenagers of Florida scrub-jays! Florida scrub-jays (Aphelocoma coerulescens) are cooperative breeders, meaning that the young from... Read More
- Give the gift of nature, with a Master Naturalist class12/16/2019 1:07 PM
For the outdoor adventurer, naturalist, environmental enthusiast, or educator, a Florida Master Naturalist class is the gift that keeps on giving. Each class, whether taken in Sarasota County or any location throughout Florida, is a one-of-a-kind experience of... Read More
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