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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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Season of Giving
As we close out the year and take time to gather with friends and family to celebrate holidays, it’s a natural time for reflecting on all that we are thankful for. Giving and receiving gifts are likely on the minds of many and it’s a fitting time to highlight opportunities to give to support the work of the UF/IFAS Extension Small Farms program or a host of other initiatives

12/19/2019

What's Going on in Florida

EVENT: Instant pressure cooker basics
Sure, you could "experiment" in the kitchen with your new, electric multicooker, the great tool that it is for working professionals, busy parents and active seniors. But, better to join us Jan

01/21/2020

Polish Sausage Sauerkraut Recipe & Growing Cabbage in Central Florida
This recipe is a sure crowd-pleaser and is greatly welcomed at Master Gardener potlucks. The recipe originally came from my dad’s family, but my mom improved on it! Into a large pot (or crockpot), put: 1 Polish sausage (or summer sausage), cut into bite-sized pieces 1 can of sauerkraut, rinsed well (Refrigerated sauerkraut may be used; be sure to rinse it!) 1 can of V8 juice (You may substitute tomato juice

02/18/2019

UF Students Compete as Finalists in National Product Development Baking Competition
A team of University of Florida food science and human nutrition graduate students have been selected as one of three college groups to compete as finalists for the nation’s most prominent scholarship competition for students pursuing careers in food technology and science, baking and culinary arts. The students will compete in the final round of the American Society of Baking (ASBE) Product Development Competition on March 1, 2020 at

01/16/2020

Preparing Your Landscape for Hurricane Season
Hurricane season starts June 1st. You are probably aware of preparations you need to make inside the home, but what do you need to do in your landscape?  Survey your property now and look for things that may be an issue such as: Flooding Erosion Wind directions Tree failure (and the potential impacts to your property) 1

05/13/2019

DIY Recycled-Paper Mardi Gras Necklace
Mardi Gras beads and other plastic beaded necklaces are used to celebrate events all over the world. Unfortunately, they can contribute to plastic pollution if they wind up discarded and in the environment

03/05/2019

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    Polish Sausage Sauerkraut Recipe & Growing Cabbage in Central Florida
    This recipe is a sure crowd-pleaser and is greatly welcomed at Master Gardener potlucks. The recipe originally came from my dad’s family, but my mom improved on it! Into a large pot (or crockpot), put: 1 Polish sausage (or summer sausage), cut into bite-sized pieces 1 can of sauerkraut, rinsed well (Refrigerated sauerkraut may be used; be sure to rinse it!) 1 can of V8 juice (You may substitute tomato juice

    02/18/2019

    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 1, 2019 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

    01/28/2019