UGA Extension Office

Our Impact

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: 

FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES:KIDS CAN COOK AND KEEP IT SAFE!

In Georgia, there are more than 2.5 million cases of foodborne illness per year. Approximately half of the reported cases occur in children under the age of 15. To develop safe kitchen practices and to avoid foodborne illness, the Candler County Family and Consumer Sciences agent developed a series of classes for Candler County and Emanuel County 4-H’ers. Nine classes were offered, and participants were evaluated on demonstrating good hygiene practices and food safety knowledge gained by cooking a recipe from start to finish. All participants washed their hands before putting on their gloves and apron. Participants effectively demonstrated the proper steps in avoiding cross contamination, proper knife safety, cleaning and sanitizing. Overall, participants practiced proper hygiene and safety techniques that will reduce the risk of foodborne illness.

AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES: FARM TOUR

The Candler County Extension County Council is composed of representatives from each program development team as well as 4-H’ers, 4-H parents, farmers, business leaders and community leaders. After meeting with this group about the lack of connection between people and agriculture in Candler County, the council proposed a farm tour to educate the community and business leaders on the importance of agriculture in Candler County. The Candler County Agriculture and Natural Resources agent worked with six local farmers to schedule stops at their farms. Each farmer was selected to showcase the variety of agriculture grown in Candler County. Topics highlighted were pecan tree grafting, pecan processing, organic versus conventional growing of blueberries, watermelons and tobacco. The team also secured an educational speaker who addressed the group at lunch about the importance of UGA Extension and the role it plays in agriculture in Candler County. With the tour only looking at a part of the agriculture in Candler County, a date for the 2017 farm tour has been set to further educate the community and business leaders on other aspects of the largest industry in the county.

4-H: BUILDING CONFIDENT LEADERS

4-H is the leading youth development organization in the nation. At the core of youth development is building strong, confident leaders. Candler County recognized that a more in-depth approach to leadership was needed for our community. In partnership with the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development, whose main objective is to build individual leadership skills, the 4-H agent received a certification to deliver their Youth Leadership in Action curriculum. Since March 2016, 375 students have received instruction from this curriculum. Of these, 100 percent said that they have learned how to be better leaders. Fifth-grade 4-H’er Juan said, “Through 4-H, I have learned how to be a leader and how to work on a team.” Having the confidence to lead is an important part of leadership and 70 percent stated that they have gained confidence in serving as leaders. A survey with the class teachers at the end of the school year showed that 100 percent of teachers thought that 4-H inspired their students to make good decisions, and that 4-H is helping their students to develop into confident leaders.

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