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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
March 2015

Plant Faire - April 11, 2015
Plant Faire flier
Plant Faire layout
Plant Faire Preview - April 10

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

April 6 @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 and Vendor Faire

April 11 @8:30 am to 12:00 pm
Hundreds of plants will be offered for sale at the 17th annual Master Gardener Plant and Vendor Faire from 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 11. The event will be at the Volusia County Agricultural Center, 3100 E. New York Ave., DeLand.  Master gardeners have been sowing and growing all year...

Plant Clinic - Port Orange

April 14 @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...

Plant Clinic - Sugar Mill Gardens

April 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. Visit the county's horticulture Facebook page at UF/IFAS Ext...

Creative garden art

April 16 @1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Vivian Bowden will demonstrate new ways to refurbish old birdhouses and make funky garden art from recycled materials from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, April 16, at the Ormond Beach Regional Library, 30 S. Beach St. Bowden is a master gardener with the University of Florida/Volusia County Extension. Her...

Plant clinic - Deltona

April 18 @10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Bring your plants to the Master Gardener Plant Clinic at the Deltona Regional Library, 2150 Eustace 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/Un...

Money Smart Week: Healthy eating on a budget

April 20 @11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Jill Taufer will share suggestions for making healthy food choices that won't break the bank during this free program at the Ormond Beach Regional Library, 30 S. Beach St. Taufer is a registered dietitian with the University of Florida/Volusia County Extension. Her program is part of Money S...

Plant Clinic - NSB

April 21 @1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Bring your plants to the Master Gardener Plant Clinic  at the New Smyrna Beach Regional Library, 1001 S. Dixie Freeway. Master gardeners from the UF/IFAS Volusia County Extension will  troubleshoot your roots and answer your questions. For more information, call the library at 386-42...

Residential 4-H Camp

July 6 to 10th
  Florida 4-H will host a residential summer camp for youth between 8 and 13 from July 6 to 10 at 4-H Camp Ocala in the Ocala National Forest. Activities will include archery, fishing, swimming, campfires, arts and crafts, and outdoor games. Cabins are air-conditioned and have bathrooms. ...

Junior Master Gardener Day Camp

July 20 @9:00 am to 4:00 pm
The University of Florida/Volusia County Extension will host a Junior Master Gardener Day Camp for students in grades three through seven from July 20 to 24 at the Volusia County Agricultural Center, 3100 E. New York Ave., DeLand. The $50 fee includes materials; children should bring a bagged lunch....


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.