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UF/IFAS Extension
Sarasota County

A county, state and federal partnership, we translate research into community initiatives, classes, and volunteer opportunities related to 4-H youth development; agriculture; gardening and landscaping; natural resources; nutrition and healthy living; and sustainability.

Contact

sarasota@ifas.ufl.edu
941.861.9900
6700 Clark Road (Twin Lakes Park, Green Building)
Sarasota, Fla. 34241

Hours

Monday - Friday
8am - 5pm

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A curfew for poinsettias!
Let's talk poinsettias: most people either love them or hate them - there is little middle ground. Many people love their cheery colors, while many others hate that the plants can be temperamental, dropping all  their leaves if given too much water

11/13/2019

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EVENT: Native Plants for Birds
Songbirds bring joy and beauty to our lives, favoring us with their amazing melodies and enchanting nature. Join us Feb

01/21/2020

Tree-juvenation?
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 coverage in the urban service area

10/03/2019

UF Beekeeper Program Now Available Online
Bee lovers can now start their journey to becoming Master Beekeepers through a new online training program from the UF/IFAS Honey Bee Research and Extension Lab. “The number of people keeping bees in Florida increased about 500% since 2006, so there is a demand and need for beekeeper education,” said Jamie Ellis, the Gahan professor of entomology and director of the lab

01/13/2020

Jumping and crawling insects that want to suck your blood- Halloween Edition Part 2
Although mosquitoes are the first insect we think of when talking blood-feeding insects-  there are a few others that can make our skin crawl at the thought of them on us or in our homes. The insects discussed below are little insect vampires that do not fly, but crawl, jump, hitch-hike, or just sit in wait for their victim to come along

10/31/2019

Flying insects that want to suck your blood-Halloween Edition Part 1
Of the one million identified insect species worldwide, less than 1% are considered true pests. Those pest insects are either harmful to us, to our food crops, or to our homes

10/31/2019

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    Tree-juvenation?
    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 coverage in the urban service area

    10/03/2019

    Peek into our community gardens, at upcoming open house events
    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 gardeners growing them, take this opportunity to come into the gardens. We're hosting open house events and guided tours at a number of our gardens

    09/30/2019