Who We Are and What We Do
From energy conservation to growing better tomatoes to helping youngsters develop self-esteem, University of Florida/Gulf County Extension Service offers a wealth of practical information for today’s families.
Through a partnership between Gulf County, the University of Florida and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Extension Service can provide assistance with such community issues as water conservation, environmental protection, family health and nutrition, youth development and economic stability for Gulf’s small farms and ranches.
The Extension Service is an off-campus educational branch of the University of Florida. Extension agents, who serve as the county’s “educators”, reach more than two million people each year through presentations, telephone calls, lab diagnoses, pamphlets and other outreach programs.
This “real life” learning approach was established in 1914 by the federal Smith-Lever Act, and is one of the world’s largest informal education and developmental organizations
Gulf County Extension Team
Roy Lee Carter
County Extension Director, Extension Agent–Agriculture
Focus Areas: Small farms, Home Horticulture, Beekeeping
Extension Responsibilities: Leadership Development, Yard Maintenance & Care, Plants, Plant Pests and Insects, Problems in Growing, Types of Gardens, Small Farms, Forest Resources, Livestock Production, Nursery & Greenhouse, Organic Production
Melanie G. Taylor
Extension Agent–4-H Youth Development Program, Family & Consumer Sciences
Extension Responsibilities: Youth Development, Volunteer Development, 4-H Projects, 4-H Events, 4-H Camping, Health & Nutrition, House & Home, Money Matters
Kay Williams Freeman
Program Assistant–Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP)