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Lake County Extension Educational Programs

Posted on Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 1:31 am

The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Extension in Lake County is hosting the following events and programs in April:
UF Roots Up Series: Local Fruit in Season – April 21 from 10 a.m. – noon at Lake County Extension Center, 1951 Woodlea Road, Tavares. Extension Agents Dr. Juanita Popenoe and Mia Wilchcombe will present on growing techniques for berries and peaches, harvesting, and healthy nutritional practices. The class costs $10 to attend. Register online at or call 352-343-4101 ext. 2719.
Understanding the DASH Diet – April 30 from 10 a.m. – noon at Lake County Extension Center, 1951 Woodlea Road, Tavares. Learn why the DASH diet is ranked best diet overall for the eighth year in a row by U.S. News and World Report. The Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet is designed to help treat or prevent high blood pressure by emphasizing portion size and eating a variety of nutrient rich foods. The cost of the class is $5 and includes materials and food samples. Registration is required by April 25 online at or by calling 352-343-4101 ext. 2719.
Forest Bathing: Monday – Friday and the third Saturday of each month, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Discovery Gardens, Lake County Extension Center, 1951 Woodlea Road, Tavares. “Forest Bathing,” also known as forest therapy, is known to relax the mind and potentially improve blood pressure. Residents can receive these benefits locally in the lush courtyards of the Discovery Gardens. The 3.5-acre property is home to 23 themed gardens and is open and free to visit. In this video, Extension Agent Dr. Juanita Popenoe talks a little about how getting back in touch with nature can recharge your spirit:
For additional details about any of these events, contact the UF/IFAS Extension in Lake County at 352-343-4101 or visit