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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.

Extension provides non-biased, research-based information to America's citizens.  Pasco County Extension is an off-campus branch of the University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) and serves as a bridge between the research labs of the university and the local community by providing educational materials and programs for adults and youth. Pasco County Government provides support for local faculty, staff and facilities.

Meet our Team!

Extension Agent and County Extension Director Horticulture

Dr. Whitney Elmore
Extension Agent, County Extension Director, & Associate Program Leader for Natural Resources Extension

Michelle Jedych

Jillian Meek, Master Gardener Volunteer Manager
Jillian Meek
Program Manager
Master Gardener Volunteer (MGV) Program

Florida Friendly Landscaping
Kate Kaste
Program Manager
Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program

Master Gardener Volunteer (MGV) Program
Jim Moll
Program Coordinator
Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program

Aimee Schlitt
Program Manager
One Stop Shop, Commercial Kitchen, and Luggage of Love Program

Christina Brantley
One Stop Shop Receptionist

Livestock and Pasture
Laura Bennett
Tri-County Livestock Extension Agent
Agriculture & Livestock

Madelyn Greathouse
Multi-County Extension Agent I
Commercial Horticulture

Dr. Megan Moore
Extension Agent II
Sea Grant

4H Agent
Shayla Reighter
4-H Agent
Extension Pasco County 4-H

Family and Consumer Sciences Agent
Shari Bresin
FCS Extension Agent
Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS)

Community Gardens Program
Chris Carreiro
Program Manager
Community Gardens Program

Community Gardens Program
Jody Moore
Program Assistant (West Side)
Community Gardens Program

Isabella Olsen
Program Assistant (East Side)
Community Gardens Program

Family Nutrition Program Manager

Syreeta McDonald
Program Manager
Family Nutrition Program

Family Nutrition Program Assistant

Darla Fernandez 
Program Assistant 
Family Nutrition Program

Family Nutrition Program Assistant

Tabitha Villa
Program Assistant 
Family Nutrition Program


Pasco County residents can find "solutions for your life":

  • Call our office for answers to your questions
  • Bring plant/insect specimens to our offices for diagnoses/identification
  • Schedule a seminar for your group
  • Subscribe 5-18 in 4-H programs
  • Become a Master Gardener
  • Attend programs presented by Extension faculty, program assistants and county volunteers
  • Have questions about cattle or livestock and pasture management? Call us for solutions!
  • Need to know about how to start a community garden? We've got answers!
  • What is Florida Friendly Landscaping? Call us to find out!



Livestock and Agriculture


4-H and Youth Services

Florida Friendly Landscaping

Family and Consumer Sciences

Community Gardens


Phone (352) 518-0156

Fax  (352) 523-1921

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Main Office Address
36702 County Road 52
Dade City, FL 33525-5198

8:00am – 5pm

Satellite Office - Land O' Lakes
(Family Nutrition Program)
4111 Land O' Lakes Blvd., Suite 303
Land O' Lakes, FL 34639-4437

By Appointment Only


Inside Pasco County, county offices may be reached through the main switchboard using the following local numbers (toll-free) with a county extension number.

East Pasco: 352-523-2411

Central Pasco: 813-996-2411

West Pasco: 727-847-2411

Outside of Pasco County, only: 1-800-368-2411