UF/IFAS Extension
Sarasota County

A county, state and federal partnership, we translate research into community initiatives, classes, and volunteer opportunities related to 4-H youth development; agriculture; gardening and landscaping; natural resources; nutrition and healthy living; and sustainability.

6700 Clark Road (Twin Lakes Park, Green Building)
Sarasota, Fla. 34241


Monday - Friday
8am - 5pm

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Food safety: Safe grilling tips
Many times when we think about outdoor eating, we are grilling our foods. And just like cooking indoors, we need to follow guidelines for cooking on the grill to ensure the foods reach the table safely


What's Going on Near You

EVENT: Ramp up to recycle
"Recycle Right" is a new, open-discussion class focused on the issues we face in Sarasota County. The first offering in this free-and-open-to-the-pubic series comes June 26, and focuses on recycling, with waste reduction, recycling, composting, and other topics on tap through the course of 2019


Canning and Preserving with Dorothy
Join us on Saturday, July 20 from 10 a.m


Food safety: How to pack and transport food
Keeping your food safe from the time you take your food item out of the refrigerator or freezer until you serve the food item on the table takes some food safety awareness Let’s take a look at the steps you should follow to keep your food safe. Keep cold foods cold


Food safety: Tips for picnic site preparation
Food safety always begins with proper hand washing, and this includes the outdoor setting. Washing your hands for 20 seconds and drying them on a clean towel or paper towel is the first step in preventing a food borne illness


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    Updated FAQ: Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE)
    Frequently Asked Questions about PACE By Lee Hayes Byron, Sara Kane and Sophia Mondous UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County The Sarasota County Commission adopted an ordinance setting the framework for a Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program Oct. 11, 2017, the first step in establishing a local program


    Save the Date!

    • Oct. 12, 2019
      14th Annual UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County Master Gardener Plant Sale + EdFest

      Family-friendly event runs 8 am. to 1 p.m. with thousands of plants for sale, sustainable gardening education and advice, and information on all Extension has to offer you!

      Learn more at or call 941-861-5000.
    • Nov. 14, 2019
      14th Annual Sustainable Communities Workshop

      Help build a better future, with this one-day event that features expert advice on key sustainability topics

      Learn more at or call 941-861-5000.