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Master Gardener Plant Sale + EdFest

Join us for the 10th annual Master Gardener Plant Sale and EdFest on October 11! This FREE family-friendly fall gardening event features sustainable gardening tips, landscape problem diagnosis, and there will be thousands of plants for sale. Proceeds from the sale benefit the Master Gardeners’ educational projects throughout Sarasota County. Find out more about the 10th annual Master Gardener Plant Sale and EdFest today!

Pardon our Dirt

If you are visiting us in the coming months, please pardon our dirt. We are excited to announce that we have begun work developing a teaching and research Demonstration Center landscape at our Twin Lakes Park campus. Whether at home or in a commercial landscape, renovating the garden can help bring a fresh new look and keep your plants healthy. If you are ready to renovate your garden, check out this video from UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County Horticulture Agent, Erin Alvarez. Click here for more information about the UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County Demonstration Center, including how you can get involved.

World Environment Day

Sarasota County was selected by the United Nations Environment Programme's Regional Office for North America (UNEP RONA) as the official North American host community for World Environment Day (WED) 2014. UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County and other community partners hosted programs and events in the weeks leading up to World Environment Day, culminating in a press conference and community forum at Mote Marine Laboratory on June 5.

To learn more about sustainability, visit these great reasources:

Sustainability Apps from UF/IFAS

My Florida Energy Projects - This website application allows users to examine data from Florida’s energy-saving projects, complete with maps, graphs, and other data.

Agriculture Water Footprint Calculator - A new web-based tool to calculate water consumption on Southern farms.

Florida Seafood at Your Fingertips app - What's imported and what's local? Is my choice nutritious and safe to eat? How do I fix the fish I purchased at the grocery? Get answers to these questions and more, right at your fingertips!

6th Annual Small Farms Conference

Florida Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises LogoEmbrace opportunities and boost profits by attending the 6th Annual Florida Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises Conference.  Join us August 1-2 in Kissimmee, Florida for farm tours, a trade show, networking opportunities, live plant and animal demonstrations, hands-on workshops, and delicious locally-grown food! Don’t miss this chance to learn more about pest management, plant breeding, post-harvest handling, funding sources, marketing, organic certification, hydroponics, specialty crops, grass-fed beef and more.  You will have the opportunity to interact with other farmers and industry professionals and get all of your questions answered.  For more information, visit

September: Water Words That Work

Water Drop PhotoUF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County is pleased to be the host sponsor for a training led by Water Words That Work and organized by the Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program (CHNEP) on Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. 

The Water Words That Work message methods will help you create and deliver environmental messages to reach your target audience and inspire them to action. This training walks you through Water Words That Work's six-step Environmental Message Method to relearn the language that everyday citizens use. You will become more confident and successful as you set out to enlighten the uninformed and persuade the undecided to take a stand or take action on behalf of our rivers, lakes, estuaries and oceans.

For more information or to register, please visit

Sarasota Grown Label Launches

Sarasota Grown LabelResearch shows that consumers' uncertainty about whether a product was actually grown locally can be a significant limiting factor when they choose produce.The new Sarasota Grown local food label is a voluntary program that supports self‐certification of food and agricultural products grown or raised on farms in Sarasota County. The program is available to farmers, vendors, distributors and restauranteurs that participate in the “Fresh From Florida” Florida Agricultural Promotional Campaign and agree to comply by the terms and conditions of the Sarasota Grown License Agreement. Look for the label at farmers' markets, restaurants and more. Find out how your business can participate here.

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