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UF/IFAS Extension
Polk County

UF/IFAS Extension Polk County is a partnership between the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) and the Polk County Board of County Commissioners.

Contact

polk@ifas.ufl.edu
(863) 519-1041
1702 Highway 17 South
Bartow, FL 33830

Hours

Monday - Friday
8am - 5pm

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Refreshing Tastes of Summertime
Tomatoes and Watermelon It is summer, and we are surrounded be the refreshing flavors of foods such as tomatoes and watermelon.  These foods not only taste great but have a barrage of health benefits as well! Did you know for example that a two cup serving of diced watermelon has only 80 calories and contains vitamin C to help boost immunity and vitamin A for healthy skin and eyes?  Tomatoes and watermelon both contain the antioxidant

06/06/2018

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Canning Under the Cottage Law
Did you know certain foods can be prepared in a home kitchen and sold direct to consumer without needing a certified kitchen? Learn more about how to produce cottage foods, such as jams and jellies, during the Canning Under the Cottage Food Law class coming up March 29, 2018 at the UF/IFAS Extension Polk County office. We'll review what can and can not be sold under the cottage food law and provide additional info for

03/03/2018

4 Healthy Tricks for Enjoying the Halloween Treats
Save all fear for the haunted house, it is possible to have a Halloween that will meet the approval of your children and also your their doctor. Sixteen percent of children’s total calories comes from added sugar, according to data from the National He

10/24/2017

UF/IFAS Extension: Urban, Rural and Everywhere Between
The state of Florida comprises nearly 21 million residents, with that number increasing by 1,000 every day. Anyone driving one of our state’s north and south or east and west main highways has experienced the increased traffic and constant movement of people coming and going

05/29/2018

Enjoy Florida Strawberries!
Sweet Benefits of Strawberries Strawberries are low in calories and are filled with vitamin C, potassium, folate, fiber, and antioxidants that ward of disease and help our heart.  Research suggests eating a serving of eight strawberries a day can help prevent heart disease, manage diabetes, and support brain health

02/02/2018

Foolproof Ways to Sneak in the Vegetables this Season
Focus on increasing the amount of vegetables and fruits you and your family eat, instead of focusing on trying to decrease holiday treats. The holidays are coming!  With all the sweets and carbohydrate-loaded dishes around, it is easy to lose sight of the vegetable section of your plate

10/24/2017

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    4 Healthy Tricks for Enjoying the Halloween Treats
    Save all fear for the haunted house, it is possible to have a Halloween that will meet the approval of your children and also your their doctor. Sixteen percent of children’s total calories comes from added sugar, according to data from the National He

    10/24/2017

    Lakewatch in Polk County: A Volunteer Water Program that needs YOUR help!
    Polk County and Florida LAKEWATCH are looking for volunteers for 14 Polk County Lakes! Lakewatch is a citizen volunteer lake monitoring program that facilitates "hands-on" citizen participation in the management of Florida lakes, rivers and coastal sites through monthly water quality sampling activities. Florida LAKEWATCH was created by the state

    10/12/2017