Making A Difference in Our County
We're working hard for the citizens we serve. Here are some examples of successful projects from the past year:
Helping Youth Realize Their Potential for Impact
Bacon County 4-H empowers its members to make a difference in their club, community, country and world by providing many opportunities to engage in community service activities. In an effort to provide support and needed items to deployed and active military members, Bacon County 4-H members replicated Operation Desert Support, a project that makes, stuffs and sends Christmas stockings to deployed troops. Now in the third year of the project, a total of 835 stockings, 1400-plus cards and over 15,000 hygiene items and snacks have been sent to units in places such as Japan, the Persian Gulf and Germany. One recipient said, “The packages received were a boost in morale and everyone in the office appreciated them.” When asked if they felt like their contribution to the project made a difference, one fourth-grade Bacon County 4-H’er said, “It makes me happy knowing that it will make the soldiers happy. It makes a difference because it makes them happy.” The project is indeed making a difference, not only for our deployed men and women in uniform, but also for local 4-H members, who now understand the impact that they can have beyond their hometown.
Supporting the Agriculture Industry
University of Georgia Cooperative Extension in Bacon County continues to expand educational opportunities for citizens the program area of agriculture and natural resources. In 2015, the Extension office offered educational programs for hay production and forestry. Bacon County Extension also hosted a Pomegranate Field Day in the fall. The program had 60 attendees from Georgia, Florida, South Carolina and Alabama. The office is collaborating with UGA and University of Florida scientists on projects that could significantly increase the viability of this emerging crop. In 2016, Bacon County Extension will conduct a detailed needs assessment with stakeholders to expand educational offerings. The Extension office also offered significant contributions to Bacon County’s blueberry industry this past year. Projects conducted at the research farm and through local farm collaborations provided knowledge to aid growers in controlling disease and insects during the growing season. Other services provided included turf and ornamental plant disease diagnostics as well as analyses for soil, feed ingredients and water. The office has also expanded its newsletter offerings to better inform and educate county citizens.
Providing Family and Consumer Resources
Although Bacon County Extension does not have a Family and Consumer Sciences agent based in its office, we still strive to assist local residents with their questions. Common questions asked are in regards to food safety, food preservation, dealing with mold and mildew, healthy meal planning, family budgeting and SNAP-Ed materials. These topics and more are answered through a wide variety of free UGA Extension publications available at the county office or by phone conferences with Family and Consumer Sciences Extension agents in surrounding counties. Often, neighboring agents are conducting programming that our county residents are welcome to attend, and we can provide information on registration.