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UF/IFAS Extension
Highlands County

The Cooperative Extension Service is nationwide and was established by the Smith-Lever Act of 1914. It is a partnership between state land grant universities, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the county governments throughout the nation.

(863) 402-6540
4509 George Blvd.
Sebring, FL 33875


Monday - Friday
8am - 5pm

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Some call it black gold
Black gold you create I'm not speaking of the black gold that came bubbling up when Jed Clampett found oil while shooting at food. To make this black gold doesn't take millions of years under the pressure of the earth


What's Going on in Florida

Growing Florida Vegetables
Florida vegetables Maybe you are new to Florida and love to vegetable garden? Where you used to live, vegetables grew all summer and thrived, but you now live in Florida. Don't fret, Florida is a giant producer of commercial vegetables and there's no reason you can't grow them in your own garden


4-H Leg: 50 Years of Giving Youth a Voice in Government
There’s a famous quote, often attributed to Mahatma Gandhi, that we must “be the change we wish to see in the world.” Few of us take the opportunity to meet that challenge


Tips from the Help Desk…Mothballs, Do’s and Dont’s! May 2022
by David Austin                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Residential Horticulture Agent               .


Why not make it a tea garden?
Southerners and sweet tea When I was a child, we drank sweet tea. I didn't really know where it came from, but it was sweet and that suited me just fine


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    Incredible Edible Landscaping
    Food for the taking Have you ever eaten a pine tree? Many parts are edible. Those supposedly were the famous words of world-renowned food forager, Euell Gibbons, on a grape-nuts commercial in the ’70s


    Tips from the help desk-Trimming palms, April 2022
    Trimming your palms and other tidbits by David Austin                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         .