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Solutions For Your Life

At Extension, helping you find solutions for your life is our mission. Backed by the expertise and research of University of Florida staff, we provide community initiatives, classes, and volunteer opportunities related to six core areas: 4-H youth developmentagriculture; gardening and landscaping; natural resources; nutrition and healthy living; and sustainability. We provide practical education to build a better future.

100 Things You Can Learn About at
UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County


Sustainable Agriculture
  1. Food systems
  2. Agriculture best management practices

Gardening and Landscaping

  1. Community gardens: how to join a local garden
  2. Community gardens: garden management practices and new garden considerations
  3. School gardens: best practices and growing tips
  4. School gardens: trainings for teachers and curriculum recommendations
  5. Edible gardening: seasons (what grows when)
  6. Edible gardening: planning your edible garden
  7. Edible gardening: sustainable pest control
  8. Edible gardening: mulching
  9. Edible gardening: beneficial insects
  10. Edible gardening: nematodes
  11. Edible gardening: watering
  12. Edible gardening: fertilizing
  13. Edible gardening: heat tolerant vegetables
  14. Edible gardening: fruit tree selection for our area
  15. Edible gardening: seed starting
  16. Edible gardening: container gardening
  17. Edible gardening: herbs for florida
  18. Edible gardening: tomato growing
  19. Understanding your soil
Horticulture (Commercial)
  1. Tree planting techniques
  2. Benefits of trees
  3. Green industry best management practices
Horticulture (Residential)
  1. Florida-Friendly Landscaping
  2. Sustainable landscaping in your homeowner/neighborhood association
  3. Weeds
  4. Wildflowers
  5. Plants for pollinators
  6. Plants for birds
  7. Butterflies and pollinators
  8. Florida snakes

Natural Resources

Chemicals in the Environment
  1. Mosquitoes
  2. Biorational pesticides
Ecology and Natural Resources
  1. Gopher tortoises
  2. Coyotes
  3. Owls
  4. Sharks
  5. Eagles
  6. Bats
  7. Alligators
  8. Bobcat/panthers
  9. Scrub jays
  10. Bird beak adaptations
  11. Prescribed fire
  12. Invasive plants
  13. Invasive animals
Marine and coastal
  1. Mangroves
  2. Marine debris
  3. Living shorelines
Waste Reduction
  1. Recycling
  2. Composting
  3. Food waste reduction
  4. Plastics reduction
  5. Green business practices
Water resources
  1. Healthy ponds
  2. Nutrients in reclaimed water
  3. Bay-friendly fertilizing
  4. Citizen science opportunities
  5. Microplastics
  6. Aquifers
  7. Where your drinking water comes from
  8. Safe drinking water
  9. Importance of drinking local
  10. Freshwater wetlands
  11. Nitrogen footprint
  12. Irrigation best practices
  13. Rain sensor maintenance
  14. Drip irrigation

Nutrition and Healthy Living

Family and Consumer Sciences
  1. Disaster preparedness
  2. Closing up your (Florida) home
  3. Cooking with herbs and spices
  4. Preserving food through dehydration
  5. Instant pressure cookers
  6. Water bath canning and pressure canning
  7. Food safety in the kitchen
  8. Food safety in the workplace: safe-staff training
  9. Dietary guidelines for Americans
  10. Physical activity guidelines for Americans
  11. Nutrition on a budget
  12. Meal planning
  13. Best practices for healthy snacking
  14. The importance of whole grains
  15. Green cleaning
  16. Age-friendly: fall prevention

Sustainability (Community Development)

  1. Energy efficiency
  2. Water efficiency
  3. Solar energy technologies
  4. Solar energy basics for kids
  5. Universal design/age-friendly housing
  6. Property-assessed clean energy (PACE) financing
  7. Sustainable living
  8. Electric vehicles
  9. Climate change
  10. Indoor environmental quality of your home
  11. Green building
  12. Energy equity

Youth Development

  1. 4-H youth development
  2. 4-H youth leadership
  3. 4-H youth service learning

In addition to the links noted above, you can find our helpful resources via:

Extension videos

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Sarasota County Extension at a Glance

office impacts/facts sheet for public View our UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County facts and impacts, 2020 document to learn more about how we work with you to make better lives and better communities.

Learn about our programs in these core areas

4-H Youth Development

Gardening and Landscaping

Nutrition and Healthy Living


Natural Resources



Lee Hayes Byron
County Extension Director

6700 Clark Road
Sarasota, Fla. 34241

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