November 6, 2022

The Sarasota Journal

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Sarasota County Extension offers online education

Staff Report

SARASOTA –– With many people feeling cabin fever as they remain at home due to COVID-19, the Sarasota County Extension office continues to develop online learning opportunities to help you break out, virtually.

The Extension office is offering several free or low-cost webinars on topics from cooking collards to conserving water, blog posts focused on current developments, and a range of instructional and informational videos, in addition to frequent social media posts and a range of web-based content.

“Our team is dedicated to educating and supporting our residents and businesses, and physical distance doesn’t change that,” Lee Hayes Byron, director of the UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County office, said through a press release.

“From pandemic-related safety and economic recovery issues to stress-relieving options, like gardening and wildlife viewing, our programs continue, and we remain available to serve our community, virtually,” she added.

To support that goal in this time of social distancing, Extension is offering more than 20 webinars in the next four weeks, with more in development every day. Some highlights are listed below, but you can find all the topics and register for any at

If your schedule limits your options, you might find the Sarasota County Extension blog at helpful. Recent posts include a look at the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, how Florida rule changes relating to COVID-19 might affect the eggs you buy, advice for safely washing fresh produce, and aid options for coastal businesses.

For visual learners, Extension’s Youtube channel ( has video segments on backyard composting, weeding your (carrot) garden, 4-H life, and in-depth segments from recent Sustainable Communities Workshop topics and speakers.

Finally, Extension also posts tips, events and more through its social media channels:, and

The office maintains a trove of information at and And, you can find (and reach) Extension programs and staff at or 941-861-5000.

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