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UF/IFAS Extension
Polk County

UF/IFAS Extension Polk County is a partnership between the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) and the Polk County Board of County Commissioners.

Contact

polk@ifas.ufl.edu
(863) 519-1041
1702 Highway 17 South
Bartow, FL 33830

Hours

Monday - Friday
8am - 5pm

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Preparing Your Landscape for Hurricane Season
Hurricane season starts June 1st. You are probably aware of preparations you need to make inside the home, but what do you need to do in your landscape?  Survey your property now and look for things that may be an issue such as: Flooding Erosion Wind directions Tree failure (and the potential impacts to your property) 1

05/13/2019

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2019 EPAF and Hurricane Dorian Response
Avengers assemble! One of the great things about Marvel’s Avengers is how seemingly disparate superheroes can be called together on a moment’s notice to combine their strengths and save the world, then just as quickly disperse and use their unique powers to carry out missions around the globe and even across the galaxy. While it rarely goes easily, the Avengers are unbeatable because they can work effectively together and apart, as a team and

09/11/2019

Canning Under the Cottage Law
Did you know certain foods can be prepared in a home kitchen and sold direct to consumer without needing a certified kitchen? Learn more about how to produce cottage foods, such as jams and jellies, during the Canning Under the Cottage Food Law class coming up March 1, 2019 at the UF/IFAS Extension Polk County office. We'll review what can and can not be sold under the cottage food law and provide additional info for

01/28/2019

Controlling insects naturally
Summer is the season… for checking landscape plants for insects before they devour your plants with their ravenous appetite.   Conservative estimates state there are over 12,000 species of insects in Florida, so it’s no wonder your hibiscus might look like it was the main course at an insect dinner party! Even though less than 1% of insects are truly ‘pests’, most people prefer to not see insects inside or outside

09/12/2019

DIY Recycled-Paper Mardi Gras Necklace
Mardi Gras beads and other plastic beaded necklaces are used to celebrate events all over the world. Unfortunately, they can contribute to plastic pollution if they wind up discarded and in the environment

03/05/2019

Polish Sausage Sauerkraut Recipe & Growing Cabbage in Central Florida
This recipe is a sure crowd-pleaser and is greatly welcomed at Master Gardener potlucks. The recipe originally came from my dad’s family, but my mom improved on it! Into a large pot (or crockpot), put: 1 Polish sausage (or summer sausage), cut into bite-sized pieces 1 can of sauerkraut, rinsed well (Refrigerated sauerkraut may be used; be sure to rinse it!) 1 can of V8 juice (You may substitute tomato juice

02/18/2019

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    Canning Under the Cottage Law
    Did you know certain foods can be prepared in a home kitchen and sold direct to consumer without needing a certified kitchen? Learn more about how to produce cottage foods, such as jams and jellies, during the Canning Under the Cottage Food Law class coming up March 1, 2019 at the UF/IFAS Extension Polk County office. We'll review what can and can not be sold under the cottage food law and provide additional info for

    01/28/2019

    Whole grain dinner salad with fresh herbs
    Printer-friendly recipe: Grain Salad Recipe Main Ingredients (prepare the night before): 2 cups cooked whole grains (quinoa, brown rice, wheat or spelt berries)* 1 pound green beans (or broccoli or cauliflower or zucchini) 1 pound (large box) mushrooms   Dressing: Your favorite salad dressing, or this.

    01/08/2019