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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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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

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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

Volunteers engage in a “BioBlitz” at Se7en Wetlands Park!
Approximately 12 volunteers and 10 community partners joined together at Se7en Wetlands Park to inventory the area's plants, insects, and wildlife on Thursday, November 15, 2018 during the park's first ever BioBlitz event. Participants used the iNaturalist app to catalog species seen during the event, after a short introduction to the inaturalist application by Se7en Wetlands' Environmental Program

11/15/2018

Peanut Butter Challenge Fights Hunger, One Jar at a Time
We hear a lot about hunger. You’ve no doubt seen public service announcements on television, asking you to give to charitable organizations to help feed people

10/04/2018

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

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

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    Volunteers engage in a “BioBlitz” at Se7en Wetlands Park!
    Approximately 12 volunteers and 10 community partners joined together at Se7en Wetlands Park to inventory the area's plants, insects, and wildlife on Thursday, November 15, 2018 during the park's first ever BioBlitz event. Participants used the iNaturalist app to catalog species seen during the event, after a short introduction to the inaturalist application by Se7en Wetlands' Environmental Program

    11/15/2018

    Get Out the Grill for Some Creamy, Grilled Avocados!
    Avocados are filled with healthy fats and have 60% more heart-healthy potassium than bananas.  Florida avocados’ flesh holds up well for grilling and are great for cubing and slicing for adding to salads or sandwiches

    08/13/2018