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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.

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

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Monday - Friday
8am - 5pm

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Should I Use Soap or Other Cleaners to Wash Produce?
Should we use soap or extra cleaners to wash our fruits and vegetables?  According to UF/IFAS Extension, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the answer is no. Soap and other detergents aren't designed for us to eat and aren't approved or labeled by the U

03/30/2020

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COVID-19 and UF/IFAS Extension
Updated 03/15/20 As we continue to monitor COVID-19 in Florida, I wanted to take a moment to update our UF/IFAS Extension community about our current status, best practices and next steps. Please call your local UF/IFAS Extension office or view the local update page for the most up to date information on your

03/15/2020

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

Show of Hands: Extension’s Role in the 2020 U.S. Census
Among the many parts of our lives that are complicated by COVID-19, add the U.S

03/30/2020

Season of Giving
As we close out the year and take time to gather with friends and family to celebrate holidays, it’s a natural time for reflecting on all that we are thankful for. Giving and receiving gifts are likely on the minds of many and it’s a fitting time to highlight opportunities to give to support the work of the UF/IFAS Extension Small Farms program or a host of other initiatives

12/19/2019

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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    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