Who We Are

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. All of these groups share in the planning, financing, and operation of extension programs. In Florida, the Cooperative Extension Service is administered by the University of Florida.

Leon County Commissioners provide support for local faculty, staff and facilities. The Leon County Cooperative Extension Service conducts research-based educational programs in Agriculture, Horticulture, Family & Consumer Sciences, marine interest, and 4-H Youth Development. Locally based advisory committees assure that programs are designed to meet community needs. Volunteer training is strongly emphasized in our programs to enable us to reach more of the county’s population.

Mission Statement

UF/IFAS Leon Extension is a federal, state, and county partnership throughout Florida, with the mission to improve our lives by developing knowledge in agriculture, natural resources, and the life sciences and to make that knowledge accessible to sustain and enhance the quality of human life. The partnership includes Florida Cooperative Extension, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS), University of Florida (UF), Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University (FAMU) and the Leon County Extension Service.

Equal Opportunity Institution

All programs and related activities sponsored for, or assisted by, the Institute of Food and Agricultural Services are open to all persons with non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, and political opinions or affiliations.

Faculty Members

Marcus Boston

County Faculty Director & 4-H Youth
Extension Agent IV
Phone: (850) 606-5204
Fax: (850) 606-5201

Heidi Copeland

Family & Consumer Sciences
Extension Agent III
Phone: (850) 606-5203
Fax: (850) 606-5201

Trevor Hylton

Agriculture/Vegetable Gardening
FAMU/Multi-County Extension Agent
Phone: (850) 606-5202
Fax: (850) 606-5201

Molly Jameson

Sustainable Agriculture and Community Food Systems
Extension Agent I
Phone: (850) 606-5202
Fax: (850) 606-5201

Alison Leo

4-H Youth
Extension Agent I
Phone: (850) 606-5212

Amy Mullins

Family & Consumer Sciences
Extension Agent II
Phone: (850) 606-5226
Fax: (850) 606-5201

Mark Tancig

Residential/Commercial Horticulture
Extension Agent I
Phone: (850) 606-5202
Fax: (850) 606-5201

Family Nutrition Program:

Clara Leonard

Tiffany Torres

  • Food Systems Specialist (Farm to School and Community), Family Nutrition Program
  • E-mail:

Chelsea Marshall-Hirvela

Floya Fisher

Program Assistants:


  • Horticulture, Program Assistant

  • 4-H Youth Development, Program Assistant

Office Support Staff:

Cindy Boyer

Genice Harris


Marcus Boston
County Extension Director


Main Number – (850) 606-5200

Master Gardener Office – (850) 606-5224


UF/IFAS Extension Leon County
615 Paul Russell Road

Tallahassee, Florida 32301-7060


Monday – Friday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


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