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:
4-H YOUTH DEVELOPMENT
Georgia 4-H Project Achievement teaches youth how to express their thoughts clearly and helps them to improve their public speaking skills. A parent volunteer expressed that “DPA builds research skills, writing skills, record keeping skills and self-confidence.” Coweta 4-H had 47 youth attend Cloverleaf County Project Achievement and Cloverleaf District Project Achievement. The number of competitors that placed first, second or third at this level increased by 10 percent. Of the high school competitors, five of them moved on to compete at Georgia 4-H State Congress, the highest competition. Three of these students place first, second and third in their respective categories. At the seventh- and eighth-grade level this year, 100 percent of our competitors placed. At the high school level, Coweta had a total of 19 competitors, and 11 of them placed. Five of these earned the opportunity to compete at the state level. Additionally, Coweta County 4-H total enrollment was nearly 2,000 members. Included in this number are nine specialty clubs, seven judging teams and four target sports teams. These experiences provide youth with opportunities to gain skills in leadership, decision-making and responsibility. In 2016, Coweta 4-H had three state winning teams in Horse Quiz Bowl, Poultry Judging and Forestry Judging.
I CAN GARDEN CLUB
Coweta County Master Gardener Extension Volunteers (MGEVs) work in collaboration with the Newnan Boys & Girls Club to provide the “I Can Garden Club.” This program allows children to learn about gardening through hands-on activities: garden journaling, seed dissection, seed starting and germination, plant growth, transplanting and planting vegetables, composting, soil nutrients, pollinators, harvesting and storing vegetables, preparing and maintaining a garden, and eating the healthy vegetables they grow. In 2016, the I Can Garden Club focused on growing vegetables. Participants learned how to grow a salsa garden and celebrated the end of their program by making their own salsa and learning about the health benefits of the snack. Susan Culpepper, UGA Family and Consumer Sciences agent, provided the nutrition program. Parents of participants attended the celebration and were able to take home a bag of vegetables that their children had grown during the season.
WELL WATER EDUCATION
Unlike municipal water sources that are regulated by state and federal laws, private well owners are solely responsible for the safety of their well water. In an effort to ensure the health of Coweta County citizens, the Extension office offers programs to educate private well owners about water testing services and provides them with the resources they need to ensure the safety of their drinking water. In 2016, bacterial analyses were conducted on 37 well water samples. Of those samples, 46 percent indicated unacceptable levels of bacteria. In all of these cases, the Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources agent worked with each client to determine the most effective way to correct well water problems.In the past two years, there has been a 62 percent increase in the number of microbiological samples submitted, indicating that more people are testing their well water. Through the efforts of Coweta County Extension, residents are gaining a better understanding of how to improve and maintain water quality.University of Georgia Cooperative Extension is working hard for its constituents. The following are examples of our impact in the county over the past year.