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UF/IFAS Extension Volusia County

About the Extension

From energy conservation to raising better tomatoes and helping youngsters develop self-esteem, the University of Florida/Volusia County Extension offers a wealth of practical information for today’s families. Read more.

Click here to view a short video about the 100-year history of the University of Florida IFAS Extension.

The Smith-Lever Act, passed in 1914, established the Cooperative Extension Service and provides federal funds for cooperative extension activities through the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

All University of Florida/IFAS/Volusia County Extension classes and programs abide by ADA requirements.  Please click here for more information.

Economic impact of agriculture and natural resources in Volusia County [PDF]

Hot topics

Ferilizer Ordinance information
Spring steps to health and wealth
Living with lovebugs
Interested in starting a commercial agricultural operation? Click here.
Florida cottage food laws
A guide for selling foods produced in a home kitchen
Laurel wilt: A threat to redbay, avocado and related trees [PDF]
Watch the TV news story
Russian thistle (tumbleweed) in Volusia County [PDF]


Do you think you have bed bugs? Build your own bed bug trap
Want to know more about bees? Check out “The buzz on bees”


Volusia County’s farm and ranch families produce a bounty of agricultural products, managing a large portion of our county's land base and serving as caretakers of our natural resources and diverse ecosystems. Read more

Natural Resources

The Natural Resources Extension Program provides educational programs and information to Volusia County residents. Read more


Learn about residential, urban and commercial horticulture. Home gardeners and businesses can receive information and one-on-one consultation from the Extension's horticulture agents and master gardeners. Read more
Gardener's hotline

Master Gardeners

Have a gardening/landscape question?  Ask a Master Gardener. Master Gardeners are available from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday to answer questions and help you diagnose plant problems. Call 386-822-5778 or visit them at the Volusia County Agricultural Center, 3100 E. New York Ave., DeLand.  Read more

Family and Consumer Science

Our Family and Consumer Sciences staff offers you information about health and nutrition, food safety, money management, home concerns, and many other topics. We provide research-based information and timely topics. Read more


For your information ... Home buying and maintenance guides, disaster preparedness information, how to become a Master Gardener, quarterly updates, newsletters and more. Read more


4-H is a youth education program that provides children and young adults ages 5 to 18 the opportunity to learn skills they need to be productive members of society, good citizens and leaders of tomorrow. Read more

EDIS website

This is the official electronic document library of UF/IFAS. To visit the University of Florida's IFAS Extension web page, go to www.solutionsforyourlife.com.

Upcoming events

Agri-Business Inter-Relationship Committee

September 8 @8:30 am to 10:00 am
Members will meet at the Volusia County Agricultural Center, 3100 E. New York Ave. DeLand.   A representative from the county's Building and Zoning Division will discuss permitting requirements for constructing agricultural infrastructure.  For more information contact Exte...

Plant Clinic - Port Orange

September 8 @10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Bring your plants to the Master Gardener Plant Clinic at the Port Orange Regional Library, 1005 City Center Circle. Volusia County’s master gardeners diagnose their ills and tell you how to make them feel better. Visit the county's horticulture Facebook page at https://www.face...

Vegetable gardening

September 10 @1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Learn how to make your garden grow during a free program at 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10, in DeBary Hall Historic Site’s stable, 198 Sunrise Blvd., DeBary. Master Gardener Howard Jeffries will focus on square-foot gardening and hydroponics, two relatively new techniques that are popular with b...

Plant Clinic - Ormond Beach

September 14 @10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Bring your plants to the Master Gardener Plant Clinic at the Ormond Beach Regional Library, 30 S. Beach St. Volusia County’s master gardeners diagnose their ills and tell you how to make them feel better. Visit the county's horticulture Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Univ...

Plant Clinic - Sugar Mill Gardens

September 16 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Master Gardeners Carole Alderman and Jane Holcomb will answer gardening questions at Sugar Mill Gardens, 950 Sugar Mill Road, Port Orange. For more information, call the University of Florida/Volusia County Extension at 386-767-1735. Visit the county's horticulture Facebook page at https:...

Gardening talk and plant clinic

September 16 @10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Joe Sewards will offer tips on preparing home landscapes for winter during a free program from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16, at the Daytona Beach Regional Library at City Island, 105 E. Magnolia Ave. Sewards, an urban and residential horticulturist with the University of Florida/Volusia Coun...

Plant clinic - Deltona

September 26 @10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Home gardeners can get two for one at the Deltona Regional Library, 2150 Eustace Ave. At 10 a.m. Howard Jeffries will hold a free plant clinic to answer gardening questions. Residents are invited to bring their plants for a quick diagnosis and care plan. At 1 p.m. Jeffries will offer gardening ti...

David Griffis

West Volusia

Daytona Beach

New Smyrna Beach


Mission: The University of Florida/Volusia County Extension partners with communities to provide quality, relevant education and research-based expertise to foster healthy people, environments and economies.