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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- Volunteers needed for horseshoe crab project05/24/2019 4:15 PM
Often, when I meet people, they ask me. “What do you do?” When I tell them I’m a marine biologist, I get replies like, “Cool, I always wanted to be a marine biologist” or “I wish I could... Read More
- Closing up your Florida home: security considerations05/17/2019 7:00 AM
In our final post to this six-part series, we will provide some security considerations as you prepare your home for an extended stay away. Whether you are leaving for a month or several months, you want to protect... Read More
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- Love is in the air… and all over the car windshield05/15/2019 4:15 PM
The few things we can count on in Florida in the spring – heat, humidity, sunshine, and lovebugs. Yes, those small, black bugs that are everywhere, but especially splattered across the front of our cars. You are lucky if your... Read More
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- Closing up your Florida home: air conditioning, windows and doors05/03/2019 7:00 AM
This is the fifth blog post in our six-part series on how to prepare your Florida home if you’ll be away for an extended time. In this post, we will review air conditioning considerations, as well as our... Read More
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- The economics of wildlife observation04/25/2019 3:33 PM
Getting out in nature is not only fun and good for you, it’s good for our economy! According to a study by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), the total economic effect of wildlife observation in Florida... Read More
- Extension volunteers, others honored by county04/25/2019 9:46 AM
UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County volunteers joined others from the Human Services, Keep Sarasota County Beautiful, Libraries and Historical Resources and Parks departments on April 10 to celebrate National Volunteer Month. Twelve volunteers represented Extension at the 5th Annual... Read More
- Green Business partners recognized for environmental efforts04/22/2019 9:49 AM
The Sarasota County Green Business Partnership teamed up with the Tampa-based Sustany Foundation to assist in recognizing area businesses that are making positive environmental changes in our region. Nearly 100 companies from the Gulf Coast region submitted an application... Read More
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- Extension throws volunteer appreciation party04/22/2019 9:41 AM
UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County recognized its volunteers at the annual volunteer appreciation party held at Selby Public Library. Over 70 of the 240 Extension volunteers attended the brunch and represented the 4-H, Community Garden, Energy Upgrade, Natural Resources,... Read More
- 4-H Radish Contest: Let’s vermicompost04/22/2019 9:30 AM
From seed to salad and beyond, radishes have been big this year at UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County. It started with our 4-H youth development program. Each year, our 4-H program partners with the school gardens program, the Sarasota... Read More
- Closing up your Florida home: bedrooms and beyond04/19/2019 7:00 AM
This is the fourth post in our six-part series on how to prepare your Florida home if you’ll be away for an extended time. We’ve talked previously about what procedures to follow for the kitchen and bath areas.... Read More