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Agriculture & Natural Resources

Agriculture & Natural Resources in Coweta County

The Agriculture & Natural Resources (ANR) program assists homeowners, farmers and land owners by providing educational seminars and workshops on topics from landscaping to wildlife management and everything in between. Through programs like our monthly Backyard Association meetings held the second Tuesday of each month and hosted by Master Gardener Extension Volunteers, we provide education on a variety of topics including vegetable gardens, ornamentals, landscape design, fruit trees, organic production just to name a few. Other ANR services include but are not limited to soil, water, and forage testing; plant disease diagnostic services; insect identification; and troubleshooting landscape problems. Please follow the links on this site to find further information, or contact us at UGA Extension in Coweta County at 770-254-2620.

Ask The County Agent

One of your greatest resources for assistance with ANR questions is your County Agent, Ms. Stephanie Butcher. Please see her latest article linked below:

"I saw a cedar tree with a strange looking, orange blob on it. What is it?"

 

 

 

 


Coweta County Upcoming Programs & Events

Coweta County Master Gardener Extension Volunteers' 

Backyard Association Meeting

"Seeking Eden: A Collection of Georgia's Historic Gardens"

Featuring Staci Catron and Mary Ann Eaddy  

Special Feature: A book signing will begin at 6:30 p.m. before the regular BYA meeting begins at 7:00 p.m. Call or email to RSVP and register for door prizes. 

When: Tuesday, June 12, 2018 @ 7:00 p.m.

Where: Coweta County Extension Office, 255 Pine Road, Newnan, GA

Contact: uge2077@uga.edu or 770-254-2620 (Registration is not required but is preferred.)

The Backyard Association, sponsored by Coweta County Master Gardener Extension Volunteers (MGEVs), is a free seminar held on the second Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. at the Coweta County Extension Office located at 255 Pine Road in Newnan. 

Welcome to the Morning Glory edition of the Backyard Association! 

"Creating a Cutting Garden"

Featuring Mr. David Brown

Before coming to Hills & Dales in 2014, David taught high school horticulture for 30 years and was then an adjunct instructor at Southern Crescent Technical College for 8 years. Squeezed in there somewhere, he also owned and operated his own floral shop! David has a BS degree in Horticulture and Agriculture Education from Purdue University and uses his wealth of experience and knowledge as our Greenhouse Manager and Floral Designer. He currently lives in Fayette County. 

When: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 @ 10:00 a.m.

Where: Coweta County Extension Office, 255 Pine Road, Newnan, GA

Contact: uge2077@uga.edu or 770-254-2620 (Registration is not required but is preferred.)

Create a Lasting Legacy for Your Loved Ones 

Now’s your chance to create a lasting legacy for your loved ones while supporting the McGuffey Nature Center Project at the Coweta County Fairgrounds.

Since 2015, the MGEVs have been restoring the McGuffey Nature Trails by removing harmful invasive plant species and replacing them with native plants. The MGEVs also added interpretative signs so visitors can read about the plants and wildlife they discover along the trails.

Help the Coweta MGEVs fund this project with the $50 donation of a brick (or two!) to enhance one of our community’s green treasures. Your donations will fund the purchase of native trees, shrubs and plants to attract birds and wildlife to the Nature Center.

Coweta residents can donate $50 for a brick engraved with the names of their family and friends. Purchase a brick to celebrate a birthday or special anniversary. Surprise the children in your life with a brick that has their name on it, a marker that will be there for years to come.

How to Purchase a Brick: Order forms are now available, or you may call 770-254-2620 or email uge2077@uga.edu for more information.

Each brick is $50.00

Order DEADLINE is May 31, 2018

 

Farmer's Market ~ Looking forward to 2018!

 

The 2017 Farmer's Market has concluded, and we are looking forward to another wonderful season of fresh fruits, vegetables and wares from our local vendors in 2018. As soon as they are available, we will share the details!

 

 

 

Happening Now

 

Coweta County Under Level 2 Drought Response

Rainfall has been scarce since August and water conservation is on everyone's mind. The Georgia Water Stewardship Act of 2010 established certain outdoor watering protocols to conserve water during times of drought. These rules apply to all properties served by state permitted water systems.

Highlights

Odd/even watering schedule for sprinkler systems on existing landscapes: Wednesdays & Saturdays (4P-10A) for addresses ending in 0, 2, 4, 6, 8 and Thursdays & Sundays (4P-10A) for addresses ending in 1, 3, 5, 7, 9.

Exemptions 

  • 30-day exemption applies for establishment of new landscapes. After 30 days, drought response watering practices must be followed.   
  • Hand-watering using a hose w/an automatic shut-off nozzle
  • Food gardens
  • Hydroseeding
  • Drip irrigation or soaker hoses
  • Horticulture crops intended for sale, resale, or installation
  • Athletic fields, golf courses, and public recreation areas
  • Maintenance or calibration of an irrigation system
  • Water from private wells and bodies of water on property (not exceeding state withdrawal limits)
  • Water from an alternative source (grey water, rain water, air-conditioner condensate)
  • Commercial pressure washing

While natural precipitation is generally sufficient to prevent plant desiccation in established landscapes during fall and winter, extremely dry conditions may require supplemental watering to help mitigate plant damage. Follow responsible watering practices and properly manage irrigation systems to protect plant health while promoting a culture of water conservation in Georgia.

Stay informed on the latest drought information from the Environmental Protection Division. 

Ag Programs calendar coming soon.


Events near Coweta County 

27th Annual Young Harris Beekeeping Institute 

Please make note the 27th annual Young Harris Beekeeping Institute, 9-11 May, at the campus of Young Harris College in Towns County. This is the most comprehensive beekeeping educational event in the Southeast, offering a full plate of classes for anyone interested in beekeeping, from brand-new beginner to advanced. The Institute is also home to the Georgia Master Beekeeper program and the Welsh honey judge training program. Our faculty include invited experts from UC Berkeley, Ohio State, Auburn, Canada, west coast, and Ireland - as well as over 25 home-grown Georgia beekeeping educators. This is the Big Event of the year for anyone interested in learning to keep bees and promote pollinators.

Full program & registration information can be found at:

http://www.caes.uga.edu/departments/entomology/research/honey-bee-program/yhc-uga-beekeeping-institute.html 

 

 

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ANR Staff Listing
Stephanie Butcher Administration Agriculture & Natural Resources ANR County Extension Agent/Coordinator sar2828@uga.edu 770-254-2620
Karen Mansour Agriculture & Natural Resources ANR Program Assistant karen.mansour@uga.edu 770-254-2620
Rebekah Bearden Support County Extension Secretary rllong@uga.edu 770-254-2620
Ashley Yeager Support County Secretary cy00462@uga.edu 770-254-2620