UF/IFAS Extension Polk County's Community Development program seeks to engage and empower communities to bring about change through economic development, capacity building, public policy education, and civic engagement.



Nicole Walker

County Extension Director

Community Resource Development

4-H Youth Development

Extension Agent III, M.P.A.


Recent Community Development Blog Posts

Dade City Watson Park Community Garden: Get your free plot now!

The first community garden in Florida to arise through the cooperation of the University of Florida and a local municipality, Dade City Watson Park Community Garden is off to a great start and destined for abundant success. Just a month after the garden was approved by the City of Dade City, City Commissioners, the garden has a brand new fence, water lines, and spigots installed through the financial support of the city. The UF/IFAS Pasco County


Getting Ahead is Inspiring

Last week I had the distinct pleasure of attending a graduation of "Investigators" participating in a "Getting Ahead in a Just Getting By World" learning experience. Twelve community members committed to embracing change met sixteen times to learn about the personal and community resources available for help in overcoming poverty. They started out as strangers. Every one


Service Learning Projects: Project LIFE

The Florida 4-H State Council is proud to be continuing the State Service Project – “Living in Florida’s Environment.”  Each year the State Project Committee of the Executive Board recommends activities in which 4-Her’s can participate that will carry out the state wide community service project of the Florida 4-H Council. This year, the committee decided that the