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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.

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

Calendar of events
July 2014

Hot topics

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]

Videos
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”

Agriculture

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

Horticulture

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 volunteers who serve as "plant assistants" to residents who call the University of Florida Extension Service with gardening questions. 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

FYI

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

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

Florida Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises Conference

August 1 to 2nd
The sixth annual Florida Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises Conference will be held at the Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee Aug. 1 and 2.  The conference, sponsored by the University of Florida IFAS Extension and Florida A & M University, is designed to provide farmers with up-to-date, ...

4-H Career Camp

August 4 to 8th
Volusia County 4-H will sponsor a career camp from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 4 through 8  at the Volusia County Agricultural Center, 3100 E. New York Ave., DeLand. Teens from 13 to 18 will design business cards, write resumes, practice interview skills, and learn about stress and money management....

Master Gardener Plant Clinic

August 4 @10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Bring your sick plants to the Master Gardener Plant Clinic at 10 a.m. Monday, June 2, 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.  

Introduction to beekeeping

August 5 @1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Master Beekeeper Marlin Athearn will present an “Introduction to Beekeeping” at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5, at the DeLand Regional Library, 130 E. Howry Ave. Athearn, president of the Beekeepers of Volusia County, will discuss beekeeping, honey cultivation, and the importance of healthy bee...

Canceled - Vegetable gardening

August 7 @12:00 am to 12:00 am
Howard Jeffries, a master gardener with the UF/IFAS Volusia County Extension, will offer tips at DeBary Hall Historic Site, 198 Sunrise Blvd. Reservations are not required. For more information, call 386-668-3840.

Lawn care

August 9 @10:00 am to 11:30 am
Howard Jeffries, a master gardener with the UF/IFAS Volusia County Extension, will offer tips at DeBary Hall Historic Site, 198 Sunrise Blvd. Reservations are not required. For more information, call 386-668-3840.

4-H Art Camp

August 11 to 13th
Volusia County 4-H will sponsor an art camp from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 11 through 13 at the Volusia County Agricultural Center, 3100 E. New York Ave., DeLand. Youth ages 8 to 18 will work with charcoal, pastels and music. Registration is requested by Aug. 4. The $10 fee is payable at the door. This...

Backyard chicken farming

August 14 @10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Learn about the practice of backyard chicken farming during an informational workshop at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 14, at the Deltona Regional Library, 2150 Eustace Ave. Sharon Gamble, a livestock agent with the University of Florida/Volusia County Extension, will explain how residents can learn if th...

Surviving Pesticide Training and CEU Day

August 15 @9:00 am to 2:30 pm
Pesticide workers can earn up to five continuing education units during a training program from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15, at the Volusia County Agricultural Center, 3100 E. New York Ave., DeLand. The University of Florida/Volusia County Extension is sponsoring the program, which will add...

Invasive plants

August 16 @10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Joe Sewards, an urban and residential horticulturist, will explain how to identify and control invasive plants from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 16, at the Volusia County Agricultural Center, 3100 E. New York Ave., DeLand. His presentation is part of the “Saturday growin’s on” p...

Master Gardener Plant Clinic

August 19 @1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Bring your sick plants and gardening questions to the New Smyrna Beach Regional Library from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, June 17. Master gardeners from the University of Florida/Volusia County Extension will troubleshoot your roots and suggest a course of treatment.

Master Gardener Q-and-A Clinic

August 20 @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.

Container gardening

August 21 @1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Howard Jeffries, a master gardener with the UF/IFAS Volusia County Extension, will offer tips at DeBary Hall Historic Site, 198 Sunrise Blvd. Reservations are not required. For more information, call 386-668-3840.

GI-BMP training

September 5 @8:30 am to 3:30 pm
The University of Florida/Volusia County Extension will offer a Green Industries Best Management Practices Workshop at the Agricultural Center, 3100 E. New York Ave., DeLand. The workshop is designed to provide training to corporate, governmental, environmental and other training personnel in urban...

Limited pesticide training, testing and CEUs

October 31 @8:15 am to 3:45 pm
Participants can earn up to six CEUs during the "Fangtastic Halloween Edition" at the Agricultural Center. Topics will include new pests, insect identification, plant diseases, pesticide safety, environmental concerns and label requirements.  Attendees may take certification exams for Limited ...


Director
David Griffis
dgriffis@volusia.org

West Volusia
386-822-5778

Daytona Beach
386-257-6012

New Smyrna Beach
386-423-3368

Fax
386-822-5767


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.