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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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Get Out the Grill for Some Creamy, Grilled Avocados!
Avocados are filled with healthy fats and have 60% more heart-healthy potassium than bananas.  Florida avocados’ flesh holds up well for grilling and are great for cubing and slicing for adding to salads or sandwiches

08/13/2018

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Beyond Basic Produce Food Safety: A Hands-On Analysis
Do you toss and turn at night wondering if your farm is in compliance with new food safety requirements? Food Safety is for all Farms Understanding how new produce food safety regulations under FSMA, or the Food Safety Modernization Act, apply to small and medium sized farms has been a challenge for many!  No one wants to be responsible for a food safety outbreak and.

10/03/2018

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

Peanut Butter Challenge Fights Hunger, One Jar at a Time
We hear a lot about hunger. You’ve no doubt seen public service announcements on television, asking you to give to charitable organizations to help feed people

10/04/2018

Quick Healthy Meals for Back to School
Do you find that back-to-school new schedules, homework, and after-school activities can cause you to throw up your hands with one more challenge of trying to fit in a healthy meal?  You are not alone. I often hear this concern from families who struggle with how to get their family a healthy meal in the famed 30 minutes or less

08/13/2018

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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    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

    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