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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]

 

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 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

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

Plant Clinic - Ormond Beach

August 3 @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 UF/IFAS Extension Volusia County U...

DeBary Hall - Fertilizers and other chemicals

August 6 @1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Master Gardener Howard Jeffries will discuss fertilizers and other chemicals at 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, in DeBary Hall Historic Site’s stable, 198 Sunrise Blvd. Reservations are not required. For more information call 386-668-3840. Learn more about DeBary Hall at www.debaryhall.co...

Plant clinic - Port Orange

August 11 @2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Bring your sick 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...

Pesticide training and CEUs

August 14 @9:00 am to 2:30 pm
Pesticide workers can earn up to six continuing education units during a training program from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14, 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 ad...

Learn how to raise backyard chickens

August 14 @10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Learn how to raise chickens in the backyard during a free program at 10:30 a.m. Friday, 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 to get set up, w...

Fall vegetable gardening

August 15 @10:00 am to 12:00 pm
With daily temperatures topping 90 degrees, it’s hard to focus on a fall vegetable garden. But it’s time to start laying the groundwork. Horticulturist Joe Sewards will offer tips on getting ready for the fall vegetable season from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 15, at the Volusia Cou...

DeBary Hall - Basic pest control

August 15 @10:00 am to 11:30 am
Master Gardener Howard Jeffries will present "Basic pest control" at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 15, in DeBary Hall Historic Site’s stable, 198 Sunrise Blvd. Reservations are not required. For more information call 386-668-3840. Learn more about DeBary Hall at www.debaryh...

Plant Clinic - Sugar Mill Gardens

August 19 @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 UF/IFAS Ext...

Functional foods

August 20 @10:00 am to 11:00 am
Registered Dietitian Jill Taufer will share information about functional foods at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 20, at the DeBary Public Library, 200 N. Charles R. Beall Blvd.   She will explain which foods are rich in antioxidants and how to increase health-promoting nutrients ...

DeBary Hall - Upgrading your landscape

August 20 @1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Master Gardener Howard Jeffries will present "Upgrading your landscape" at 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20, in DeBary Hall Historic Site’s stable, 198 Sunrise Blvd., DeBary. Reservations are not required. For more information call 386-668-3840. Learn more about DeBary Hall at&nbs...

Plant clinic - Deltona

August 22 @10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Home gardeners can get a double dose of growing advice at the Deltona Regional Library, 2150 Eustace Ave. Howard Jeffries will hold a free plant clinic and answer gardening questions at 10 a.m. Residents are invited to bring their plants for a checkup and care plan. At 1 p.m. Jeffries will offer ...


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.