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UF/IFAS Extension
Manatee County

The Manatee County Extension Service is an educational program within county government which brings the resources of the University of Florida to Manatee County to solve local problems, provide educational opportunities, promote economic enhancement and improve the quality of life for all.

1303 17th Street West
Palmetto, FL 34221


Monday - Friday
8am - 5pm

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Why Garden?
Gardens have a delicate and meaningful existence, they are beautiful, they can sustain us, and they offer us the opportunity to re-engage with the natural cycles of the earth. We can experience the joy of sunshine, the despair of storm-tossed blooms and the magic of a seed unfurling its first leaves


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Earth Day 2021
What is Earth Day? Earth Day is not any old holiday. We don’t celebrate with feasts and presents or balloons, but often through volunteerism and activism


The Rural Telehealth Initiative: Lowering Barriers to Health Care
For me, a visit to the doctor can be an inconvenience. Between fighting traffic, finding a parking spot, checking in and doing time in the waiting room, I usually have to carve out an hour or more of my day, all for about 15 minutes of quality time with the doctor


From The Garden Bench: Swamp Sunflower
A Native Fall Winner: Swamp Sunflower by: Norma Kisida, Master Gardener Volunteer As summer flowers fade, we still have many later blooming native plants to bring us color and provide food for wildlife. One that may not be as common in the home landscape - unless you are a native plant enthusiast - is the swamp or narrow leaf sunflower (Helianthus angustifolius)


Tips for Teaching Children about Money
As parents or caregivers, one of the concepts that we need to teach to our children is the responsibility that comes with handling money. This becomes a valuable tool for them to use as they grow and develop into adulthood


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    Befriend the Beetle!
    Sending sinuous tendrils forth, the air potato vine (Dioscorea bulblifera) can grow as much as 8 inches each day during our summer growing season. This invasive vine, considered one of the most aggressive invasive plants in Florida, can be found in natural areas, disturbed


    Tips for Tracking Red Tide
    For a quick list of links to current red tide conditions, scroll to the end! First published September 2018. Last updated July 19, 2021