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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

Information about the Zika Virus [PDF]
Ferilizer Ordinance information
Spring steps to health and wealth [PDF]
Living with lovebugs [PDF]
Interested in starting a commercial agricultural operation? Click here.
Florida cottage food laws [PDF]
A guide for selling foods produced in a home kitchen
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 - DeBary

February 16 @10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Bring your sick plants to the Master Gardener Plant Clinic at the DeBary Public Library, 1200 N. Charles R. Beall Blvd., DeBary. 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 h...

Plant Clinic - Sugar Mill Gardens

February 17 @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...

Snowbird tips

February 17 @11:00 am to 12:00 pm
When snowbirds get ready to return to their northern homes, they’ll want to secure their Florida homes to prevent loss and damage. The University of Florida/Volusia County Extension is planning three programs to offer tips on closing seasonal homes.  Extension Agent Lisa Hamilton will ...

Plant clinic - Deltona

February 20 @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 ...

Strawberry Celebration

February 24 @9:00 am to 11:30 am
Celebrate this nutritious fruit during the fourth annual Volusia County Strawberry Celebration from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24, at the Volusia County Farmers Market, which is outside the county fairgrounds at 3050 E. New York Ave., DeLand. The celebration is sponsored by the University of...

Plant clinic - Edgewater

March 1 @10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Bring your plants to the Master Gardener Plant Clinic at the Edgewater Public Library, 103 Indian River Blvd., Edgewater. 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.fac...

Plant Clinic - Ormond Beach

March 7 @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 - Port Orange

March 8 @2:00 pm to 4:00 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...

Upgrade your landscape

March 10 @1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Master Gardener Howard Jeffries will present "Upgrade your landscape" at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 10, at DeBary Hall Historic Site, 198 Sunrise Blvd., DeBary.  Jeffries is a volunteer with the University of Florida/Volusia County Extension. He and other trained master gardeners answer gardenin...

Plant clinic - DeLand

March 11 @10:00 am to 11:00 am
Bring your plants to the Master Gardener Plant Clinic at the DeLand Regional Library, 130 E. Howry Ave. 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/Universi...

Plant clinic - Deltona

March 12 @10:00 am to 2:00 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...

Plant Clinic - Sugar Mill Gardens

March 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:...

Snowbird tips

March 17 @1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
When snowbirds get ready to return to their northern homes, they’ll want to secure their Florida homes to prevent loss and damage. Extension Agent Lisa Hamilton will explain how to prepare the interior and exterior, prevent mold and mildew, prepare for storms, update documents, prevent pest...

Rose care

April 14 @1:00 pm to 2:00 am
Master Gardener Howard Jeffries will offer tips on caring for roses at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 14, at DeBary Hall Historic Site, 198 Sunrise Blvd., DeBary.  Jeffries is a volunteer with the University of Florida/Volusia County Extension. He and other trained master gardeners answer gardening ...

Native plants and wildflowers

May 12 @1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Master Gardener Howard Jeffries will discuss the benefits of native plants and offer tips on growing wildflowers at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 12, at DeBary Hall Historic Site, 198 Sunrise Blvd., DeBary.  Jeffries is a volunteer with the University of Florida/Volusia County Extension. He and other...

Maintaining your irrigation system

June 9 @1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Master Gardener Howard Jeffries will offer tips on operating and maintaining your irrigation system at 1 p.m. Thursday, June 9, at DeBary Hall Historic Site, 198 Sunrise Blvd., DeBary.  Jeffries is a volunteer with the University of Florida/Volusia County Extension. He and other trained...


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.