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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.

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Sarasota, Fla. 34241


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Disaster Preparedness: Planning for medically dependent sheltering
Regardless of a physical or mental condition, we all need to plan for a disaster. It's especially important for those medical needs, and Sarasota County has designated certain evacuation centers for those individuals with qualifying needs


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Feliz Semana Nacional de Navegación Segura: ¡Úselo!
Esta semana es la Semana Nacional de Navegación Segura (del 21 al 27 de mayo). Este evento es parte de una campaña de seguridad dirigida por el Programa Nacional de Seguridad en la Navegación Recreativa


Prepare for Hurricane Ian
SEPT. 26, 2022 (10 AM) -- Hurricane Ian is approaching the Gulf of Mexico and is on a path to impact the west coast of Florida


Disaster Preparedness: Plan for those with special needs
In the last post, "Disaster Preparedness: Planning for medically dependent sheltering," we talked about how to register for a medically dependent evacuation center. In this post, we'll look at how to prepare if someone you know has a special need or needs


New water resources agent to support water quality, conservation in Sarasota County
Water quality and conservation are high priority issues for both Sarasota County and the University of Florida. The local economy relies on healthy watersheds and reliable water supplies


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    Why wash fresh produce before eating?
    With our growing-friendly climate and the availability of fast transportation options from far-removed points, we have the opportunity to enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables are available year-round. If we want to truly enjoy these delicious and nutritious treats, though, we need to know how to handle them to prevent a foodborne


    Shark Bits: Warm-blooded sharks – the Lamnidae family
    One of the first science-related things we learn as children at school is that some animals, like birds and mammals, are warm-blooded, while others, such as amphibians, reptiles, and fish, are cold-blooded, also known as ectothermic. Cold-blooded animals cannot regulate their internal temperature, so their body temperature varies with that of the environment


    Save the Date!

    • Oct. 08, 2022
      16th Annual UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County Master Gardener Volunteer Plant Sale + EdFest
      Family-friendly event runs 8:30 am. to 1:30 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. 01, 2022
      17th Annual Sustainable Communities Workshop
      Help build a better future, with this one-day, in-person and online event that runs 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and features expert advice on key sustainability topics. Learn more at or call 941-861-5000.

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