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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
October 2014

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 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

Herb gardening

October 2 @1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Howard Jeffries, a master gardener with the University of Florida/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.

Master Gardener Plant Clinic - Ormond

October 6 @10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Bring your sick 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.  

Gardeners Hotline: Turf installation

October 7 @7:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Karen Stauderman, a commercial horticulture agent with the University of Florida/Volusia County Extension, hosts this live call-in talk show, which airs at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and re-airs at 11 a.m. Saturdays on WDSC TV Channel 15.  Keith Truenow from Lake Jem Sod in Mount Dora will be the gues...

Fall vegetable gardening

October 8 @10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Joe Sewards will share fall vegetable gardening tips during a free program from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Oct. 8, at the Daytona Beach Regional Library at City Island. Sewards, a residential and urban horticulturist with the University of Florida/Volusia County Extension, will discuss plant sele...

Citrus care

October 11 @10:00 am to 11:30 am
Howard Jeffries, a master gardener with the University of Florida/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.

Nourish your brain

October 13 @10:00 am to 11:00 am
Jill Taufer, a registered dietitian with the University of Florida/Volusia County Extension, will discuss “super foods” at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 13, at the Deltona Regional Library, 2150 Eustace Ave. Super foods, which include blueberries and avocados, provide energy and offer distinct...

Gardeners Hotline: Water gardens

October 14 @7:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Kathy Williams from Tropical Water Gardens will be the guest speaker on this live call-in talk show. Karen Stauderman, a commercial horticulture agent with the University of Florida/Volusia County Extension, hosts the show, which airs at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and re-airs at 11 a.m. Saturdays on WDSC TV...

Master Gardener Q-and-A Clinic - Port Orange

October 15 @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. ...

History of gardening

October 16 @1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Howard Jeffries, a master gardener with the University of Florida/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.

Learn about container gardening

October 18 @10:00 am to 11:00 am
Love to garden but don’t have the space? Master Gardener Howard Jeffries will explain how container gardening is as rewarding as a full-size garden during a free program at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at the Deltona Regional Library, 2150 Eustace Ave. Participants will learn how to grow heal...

Gluten, wheat and fad diets

October 20 @2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Jill Taufer will present the latest information on gluten, wheat and fad diets during a free program at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20, at the Ormond Beach Regional Library, 30 S. Beach St. Taufer is a registered dietitian with the University of Florida/Volusia County Extension. Her presentation is pa...

Master Gardener Plant Clinic - NSB

October 21 @1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Bring your sick plants and gardening questions to the New Smyrna Beach Regional Library, 1001 S. Dixie Freeway. Master gardeners from the University of Florida/Volusia County Extension will troubleshoot your roots and suggest a course of treatment.

Gardeners Hotline: Fern and cut foliage

October 21 @7:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Karen Stauderman, a commercial horticulture agent with the University of Florida/Volusia County Extension, hosts this live call-in talk show, which airs at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and re-airs at 11 a.m. Saturdays on WDSC TV Channel 15.  David Register from FernTrust Inc. will be the guest speaker. ...

Gardeners Hotline: Annuals

October 28 @7:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Whether you are a master gardener or a beginning gardener, this fast-paced series is one you will want to watch! Karen Stauderman, a commercial horticulture agent with the University of Florida/Volusia County Extension, hosts this live call-in talk show, which airs at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and re-airs...

Wildflowers and butterfly gardening

October 30 @1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Howard Jeffries, a master gardener with the University of Florida/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.

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 ...

Gardeners Hotline: Decorating with foliage

November 4 @7:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Matt Underhill from Underhill Ferneries in Barberville will offer tips on this live call-in talk show. Karen Stauderman, a commercial horticulture agent with the University of Florida/Volusia County Extension, hosts the show, which airs at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and re-airs at 11 a.m. Saturdays on WDSC ...

Gardeners Hotline: Scent dogs against citrus disease

November 11 @7:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Karen Stauderman, a commercial horticulture agent with the University of Florida/Volusia County Extension, hosts this live call-in talk show, which airs at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and re-airs at 11 a.m. Saturdays on WDSC TV Channel 15.  Dog trainer Pepe Peruyero from Pepedogs in High Springs will b...

Sports Turf and Golf Courses Workshop

November 12 @8:30 am to 2:00 pm
The University of Florida/Volusia County Extension will offer a Sports Turf and Golf Courses Workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, at the Agricultural Center, 3100 E. New York Ave., DeLand. Speakers who specialize in horticulture will provide information regarding the Globally Har...

Gardeners Hotline: Palms

November 18 @7:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Karen Stauderman, a commercial horticulture agent with the University of Florida/Volusia County Extension, hosts this live call-in talk show, which airs at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and re-airs at 11 a.m. Saturdays on WDSC TV Channel 15.  Juanita Popenoe from University of Florida/Lake County Extensi...

Gardeners Hotline: Innovative farming methods

November 25 @7:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Learn about new technologies with Steve Crump of Vo-LaSalle Farms, DeLeon Springs. Karen Stauderman, a commercial horticulture agent with the University of Florida/Volusia County Extension, hosts this live call-in talk show, which airs at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and re-airs at 11 a.m. Saturdays on WDSC T...

Gardeners Hotline: Vertical walls

December 2 @7:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Whether you are a master gardener or a beginning gardener, this fast-paced series is one you will want to watch! Karen Stauderman, a commercial horticulture agent with the University of Florida/Volusia County Extension, hosts this live call-in talk show, which airs at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and re-airs...

Gardeners Hotline: Camellias

December 8 @7:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Karen Stauderman, a commercial horticulture agent with the University of Florida/Volusia County Extension, hosts this live call-in talk show, which airs at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and re-airs at 11 a.m. Saturdays on WDSC TV Channel 15.  Bill Bodnaruk, director of production at Jon’s Nursery i...


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.