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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- EVENT: Prepping your Florida home before you leave02/14/2020 2:24 PM
Whether you’re bracing for a storm or packing up for summer back north, we can help you keep your Florida home safe and sound, starting with our March 6 “Closing Up Your Florida Home” class. Unoccupied homes in... Read More
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- EVENT: “Drawdown,” and the path to sustainability02/14/2020 2:12 PM
Join us March 4 for a one-hour presentation about “Drawdown,” a solutions-focused approach to climate change and what you can do locally to make a difference. Based on the book of the same name, authored by world-renowned environmentalist... Read More
- EVENT: Home irrigation tips, tools, and techniques02/14/2020 1:57 PM
“ All my tubes and wiresAnd careful notesAnd antiquated notions ” — Thomas Dolby, “She Blinded Me With Science” (1983) That jumble of wires and timers and gizmos you call an irrigation system got you flummoxed? Don’t worry.... Read More
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- Ag land conservation easement signup open02/04/2020 12:42 PM
The Natural Resources Conservation Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture sent the following information Feb. 3, re the conservation easement program: For Immediate Release Contact: Renee Bodine, 352-514-8292 2020 Ag Land Conservation Easement Signup Announced GAINESVILLE, Fla.,... Read More
- EVENT: Start a prepared food business at home01/31/2020 9:08 AM
In 2011, Florida passed the Cottage Food Law, allowing people to prepare certain types of foods in their unlicensed home kitchens for sale to the public. But, how do YOU get started? Join us Feb. 11 or Feb.... Read More
- Sarasota County Sustainability: 2019 Year in Review01/31/2020 8:23 AM
2019 Year in Review By: SOPHIA MOUNDOUS Sustainability Assistant, UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County This month, we are not only celebrating the excitement of a new year and decade, but also the many accomplishments of Sarasota County Sustainability in... Read More
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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