UF/IFAS Extension and Sarasota County place the highest priority on the safety and health of our community members, staff and volunteers. To help stem the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, we have suspended in-person activities until further notice. We are still here to serve you by phone at 941-861-5000 and email to firstname.lastname@example.org, and you can find contact information for programs and staff members at sarasota.ifas.ufl.edu/staff.
If you have pest or plant questions, please feel free to email us at email@example.com, making sure to include a photo or photos to illustrate your question. Additionally, visit facebook.com/ufsarasotaext, blogs.ifas.ufl.edu/sarasotaco or ufsarasotaext.eventbrite.com for our latest updates, and find a wealth of information at sfyl.ifas.ufl.edu/sarasota, www.scgov.net/extension, and edis.ifas.ufl.edu.
Stay safe, and thank you for your understanding and assistance in these difficult times.
UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County helps you build a better future, bringing together the resources of Sarasota County Government and the University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS).
As part of the national extension system founded in 1914, we provide practical education to help you make informed choices. We translate research into community initiatives, classes, and volunteer opportunities related to food systems, water and environmental resources, and youth and community resource development. View a timeline of our history.
Backed by the commitment of Sarasota County Government to foster thriving, sustainable communities, we develop and deliver economically viable, environmentally sound, and socially equitable programs and services. View our 2018 impacts brochure to learn more about how we work with you to make better lives and better communities.
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