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:
AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES
The people and business owners of Glynn County look to the Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) agent for research-based and unbiased assistance with their lawns, golf courses, home gardens and trees. The ANR agent assisted in 17 sessions of "Homeowner Horticulture Academy" with a total of 29 people. Classes were also offered in chainsaw and pesticide safety for local businesses. This year 24 people attended a 10-session Master Naturalist class that focused on local issues and the environment. The ANR agent produced 23 articles for local newspapers concerning yard and garden issues. The agent also assisted with soil compaction research on Glynn County playing fields. The Jekyll Island Authority consulted with the agent regarding turfgrass overseeding, a National Turfgrass Evaluation Program (NTEP) on the Jekyll Island golf courses. The ANR agent went on 402 site visits, many of which involved trees. Trees are of vital interest to the people of Glynn County. The ANR agent provides the county with valuable experience, serving on the Glynn County Tree Board and St. Simons Tree Ordinance Committee and supporting the Glynn County Public Works and the city of Brunswick as the acting arborist. Dave Austin, public works director, stated, “Don is an outstanding adviser and coach to the Glynn County Tree Board. He is an extremely valuable resource and is an integral part of the Glynn County team.”
4-H YOUTH DEVELOPMENT
Glynn County 4-H provides in-school programming for over 900 fifth-graders in every elementary school in the county. There are after-school meetings in the four middle schools. This year programming began at Morning Star, an alternative school in the county. Glynn County 4-H has a mission to assist our teachers with programming that complements their lessons. Most of the programming has an emphasis on science and meets Georgia state standards. Ms. Falken, a teacher at Glyndale Elementary School, stated, "We really rely on your lessons on barrier islands. You teach it better than we would and make it exciting for the kids." The Extension educator offered several after-school science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) lessons involving drones that were very well received by the 4-H’ers and parents. The Gardens for Good after-school club continues, providing fresh produce for the local food pantries. The 4-H’ers meet monthly to weed, water and plant vegetables in the gardens behind the 4-H office. This year the 4-H club had a team that competed in Cotton Boll at the district level. The 4-H Horse Club has seen an increase in numbers this year. The new volunteer leader now provides programs that assist the kids in horse care and showing. Certified Teen Leader training was offered last year to involve older students and help provide positive leadership opportunities.
FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES
Although Glynn County Extension does not have a Family and Consumer Sciences agent based in the office, we still strive to assist local residents with their questions. Questions regarding food safety, food preservation, dealing with mold and mildew, meal planning, family budgeting and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) materials can often be addressed through our wide variety of free UGA Extension publications. Glynn County residents are provided information though phone conferences with surrounding county FCS agents. Glynn County residents are welcome to attend other county programming when available.