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UF/IFAS Extension
Charlotte County

Charlotte County Extension Service is a partnership between the University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and Charlotte County government, to provide scientific knowledge and expertise to the public.

Contact

charlotte@ifas.ufl.edu
941.764.4340
1120 Centennial Boulevard
Port Charlotte, FL 33953

Hours

Monday - Friday
8am - 5pm

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July is National Ice Cream Month!
By Kristie Popa In the summer of 1984, President Ronald Reagan declared July as National Ice Cream month. The proclamation stated “Ice cream is a nutritious and wholesome food, enjoyed by over ninety percent of the people in the United States

07/20/2020

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Gardening Camp 2.0
This Virtual Gardening Summer camp is open to youth ages 8-18 in the following counties: Charlotte, DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry and Miami-Dade. A different topic will be covered during each session including food preparation and food safety, seed identification, horticulture judging, soil testing, understanding fertilizer, pests in the garden, mindfulness, careers and more

06/29/2020

Stay Safe in the Sun
By Kristie Popa Summer is almost here and the warmer weather is calling us outside!  Being outside has a tremendous amount of benefits including the opportunity for Vitamin D and exercise, but it also brings a chance for sun damage in as little as 15 minutes of exposure. Sun protection methods are extremely important throughout the year but especially when you are spending your days outside enjoying the warm air, beach, outdoor games and

05/26/2020

COVID-19 Resources for Seafood Producers and Small Businesses
Originally published March 31 2020. Last updated August 6 2020

08/06/2020

Cell Phone Savvy
By Kristie Popa Whether you have a tablet or a cell phone, you most likely have the ability to text and/or call someone whether it be a voice or video call.  It is important to remember that there is etiquette for using a cell phone, especially when you are in the company of others

07/14/2020

Corn Is A-Maize-Ing
By Kristie Popa When you picture corn, what do you think of?  Yellow corn on the cob or crunchy popcorn?  Corn also called maize, provides us with many items including cornstarch, cooking oil, sweeteners, cereal, beverages and over 4,000 other products that we use each and every day. On June 11th, we will celebrate National Corn on the Cob day

06/10/2020

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    Stay Safe in the Sun
    By Kristie Popa Summer is almost here and the warmer weather is calling us outside!  Being outside has a tremendous amount of benefits including the opportunity for Vitamin D and exercise, but it also brings a chance for sun damage in as little as 15 minutes of exposure. Sun protection methods are extremely important throughout the year but especially when you are spending your days outside enjoying the warm air, beach, outdoor games and

    05/26/2020

    Get Out and Get Active
    By Kristie Popa It is time to turn off the TV and get active! Are you physically active everyday? What exactly does physically active mean? Well, if you are using your body causing you to use energy then you can answer yes, you are physical active! You should engage in moderate or vigorous physical activity each day. So, what type of activities are considered moderate or vigorous? Moderate physical activities include things such as: A

    05/08/2020