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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.

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


Monday - Friday
8am - 5pm

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What’s the difference between portion size and serving size?
Many of us read the Nutrition Facts label when making selections at the grocery store, an important step on our path to healthy living. But, have you ever thought about the difference between "serving size" and "portion size"? We won't throw a "spoiler" here and tell you the difference


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Wild Sarasota Spotlight: comBATting bat myths
Swooping through the night sky, many people are quick to decry bats as blood suckers, rabies vectors, and a general nuisance. However, these miraculous flying mammals pose little risk to humans and are actually essential in managing our ecosystems


The View from Two Months In
Hello all, and welcome to a brand new year! I’ve been Dean of UF/IFAS Extension now for a little over two months. When I first started, I received a piece of advice from SVP Scott Angle: “Above all, just have fun!” he told me


Saving and Sharing Seeds
In January, many folks try new habits, hobbies, and take on cleaning projects, too. Let’s talk about all three in relation to seeds


Fire Fest 2022
Jan. 23-29, 2022, is Florida’s Prescribed Fire Awareness Week, and we're helping you learn more about this vital function with the family-friendly Fire Fest 2022 event


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    January 24 is National Peanut Butter Day
    Sandwiched between National Pie Day (Jan. 23) and National Irish Coffee Day (Jan


    Wild Sarasota Spotlight: eagle etiquette
    The bald eagle, a Florida native, and its relative, the golden eagle, are always a special sight to spy in the sky. While you may be elated to have an eagle encounter, there are a few key tips of eagle etiquette to adhere to when birding to ensure the comfort and continued conservation of these species


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