Extension breaks ground for new Yulee office
On May 15, County Extension Director Rebecca Jordi hosted the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Yulee Extension Office on Miner Road. Joining Jordi at the ceremony were Nassau County Commissioners Justin Taylor, Danny Leeper, Aaron Bell and Pat Edwards and County Manager Mike Mullen.
Community supporters and Extension volunteers in attendance included UF/IFAS Nassau Master Gardener volunteers, 4-H youth and parent volunteers, residents and advocates from local businesses.
Nassau Extension Advi-sory Chair Todd Duncan, who has served on the committee for 18 years, shared comments about the commitment from the Extension staff and the value they provide the community with programming meeting a variety of needs in Nassau County. He welcomed the new Yulee expansion facility and the myriad of programs it will make possible.
Co-hosting the celebration were Extension agents and staff members Kristin Poppell, Kelsey Irvine, Meg McAlpine, Denise Cox, Justina Dacey, Laura LaRoche and Amy Bell.
Commission chairman Taylor gave opening remarks, celebrating the additional programs and physical environment/acreage of the new site, which affords more Nassau residents and children to benefit from the resources available through Extension.
The new Yulee Extension office represents a financial commitment by the county of $320,000, with $200,000 designated for a modular building. The remaining funds are for infrastructure such as water, sewage, electricity and other permits for property development of the 8-acre site.
During her comments, Jordi expressed her gratitude for the support of the county in funding the building. She also announced several additional components that would maximize the impact of this new site. Extension’s wish list of items for the new facility include a teaching pavilion, a teaching kitchen and an aquatic education dock.
The “Nassau County Ex-
tension: Growing Together” campaign offers local businesses and citizens opportunities to be a part of this project. More details on the new Extension campaign will be shared in the coming weeks.