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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- A lifetime of giving to local 4-H10/10/2019 10:22 AM
UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County celebrates a lifetime of volunteer service to Sarasota County 4-H and selects Don and Marlene Strickland for Volunteers of the Month for August. For 43 years, Don and Marlene Strickland have mentored 4-H youth... Read More
- Prepping our next horseshoe crab citizen science effort10/09/2019 8:01 AM
Enthusiasm is high for citizen science projects in our area, as we’ve seen with the success of our Sarasota County Horseshoe Crab Watch Program. Participants eagerly have waded in (sometimes literally) on efforts to gather more information... Read More
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- UF Sports Management Program goes “green”10/08/2019 2:58 PM
The sports industry has the ability to impact and influence our communities and many sports organizations are evaluating their environmental impacts. One way the industry is changing is through the promotion of healthy and sustainable communities. In today’s... Read More
- Tree-juvenation?10/03/2019 9:42 AM
Communities derive many benefits from their urban forests, including improved air quality, increased stormwater filtration, reduced heat island effects, and positive physical and mental health impacts. A 2013 tree canopy study in Sarasota County indicated just 35% vegetation... Read More
- Celebrate National Energy Efficiency Day and Awareness Month10/01/2019 7:53 PM
By SOPHIA MOUNDOUS Sustainability Assistant, UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County October is all about Fall colors, pumpkins, and Halloween costumes. Here at Sarasota County Sustainability, we are also excited about October because it is National Energy Awareness Month, and today,... Read More
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- Peek into our community gardens, at upcoming open house events09/30/2019 9:41 AM
By MINDY HANAK Gardens Program Coordinator, UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County Have you ever wanted to look over the fence into one of our community gardens? If you’ve marveled at the tasty veggie treats, or the dedication of the... Read More
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- Caring for your plant pets09/30/2019 9:35 AM
Indoor plant pets not only add ambience to a room by bringing the outside, inside, but plants also improve indoor air quality. Plants Talk Back So you may have heard it said that you should talk to... Read More
- The necessity of nature09/24/2019 2:55 PM
Inspired by Richard Louv’s book “Last Child in the Woods,” Take A Child Outside Week (Sept. 24-30) was founded to help connect children with nature and to combat what Louv has referred to as “nature-deficit disorder.” According to... Read More
- Sarasota County ag community prepares for storm issues09/20/2019 8:53 AM
By SARAH BOSTICK Sustainable Agriculture Agent UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County Preparing for hurricanes and other natural disasters is a very big job in our state, and one not limited to our urban areas. It is such a big... Read More
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- Citizen science opportunity closing quickly… don’t miss it09/13/2019 3:18 PM
Did you know that horseshoe crabs have been around for at least 445 million years? Fossil records from prehistoric horseshoe crabs look very similar to existing horseshoe crabs, with not much change. And, that is why some people... Read More
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