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The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic downturn have affected individuals and industries across Sarasota County. Families and individuals face financial struggles related to housing, utility costs, or childcare, and businesses and non-profit agencies confront work interruptions and operational challenges. UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County programs support businesses in the agriculture, horticulture, green business sectors, and more. We also educate residents, including low-income families. We encourage our stakeholders to take full advantage of all opportunities for assistance.

Financial assistance is available to individuals, businesses and non-profits to help lessen the pandemic's impacts. Visit the Sarasota County CARES Act page or call 941-861-CARE (2273) for more information and to apply. Act quickly, as funds are limited.


Update

We are pleased to announce that the UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County office is open for business, with office hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Visitors are encouraged to schedule appointments for pest/plant help, soil analyses and other general services, since staffing will be limited. Please contact us at 941-861-5000 or sarasota@ifas.ufl.edu for appointments or further information.

We remain available to serve you by phone at 941-861-5000 and email to sarasota@ifas.ufl.edu. Additionally, you can find staff/program contact information at sarasota.ifas.ufl.edu/staff and our range of online events at ufsarasotaext.eventbrite.com.

When visiting, please continue to practice safe social distancing, keeping a 6-foot distance when around others. Visitors are highly encouraged to wear a mask.

Thank you for your understanding and assistance.


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.

Contact

sarasota@ifas.ufl.edu
941.861.9900
6700 Clark Road (Twin Lakes Park, Green Building)
Sarasota, Fla. 34241

Hours

Monday - Friday
8am - 5pm

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