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
In an effort to support our diverse agricultural community, the Greene County Extension office conducts soil, forage and water tests through the Agricultural and Environmental Services Laboratories at the University of Georgia. In 2016, the Greene County office made over 60 site visits, covering issues related to both traditional and urban agriculture. These visits addressed topics ranging from forage management for local cattlemen to identifying turf management issues for local homeowners. By working with the local beef cattle and poultry associations and the local Georgia Farm Bureau office, the Extension office helped facilitate several agriculture-related educational events that provided more than 200 citizens the opportunity to gain unbiased, research-based, scientific information on local topics of interest and need.
4-H YOUTH DEVELOPMENT
Greene County 4-H is a part of the largest youth organization in the world. The staff strives to uphold the state mission by assisting youth in acquiring knowledge, developing life skills and forming attitudes that will enable them to become self-directing, productive and contributing members of society. In this county, it is one of few organizations that has traditionally conducted in-school meetings for grades four through eight in all county schools – public, private and charter. These meetings cover topics such as character development, making wise financial choices and agricultural awareness. All lessons support the state standards for each grade and help enhance the everyday curriculum in the classroom. Our office also provides after-school activities in areas including poultry and livestock judging, BB and shotgun shooting sports, and culinary education. A wide range of summer educational activities are also available to our local youth. Homeschooled and cyber academy students are involved in a number of after-school and summer programs. In 2016, the Greene County Extension office hosted its first invitational youth livestock-judging workout. This event brought in more than 70 youth from 11 counties across the state of Georgia. Through the help of Greene County Farm Bureau, several local livestock producers, Master Gardener Extension Volunteers (MGEVs) and 4-H volunteers, this event offered a rare learning opportunity for youth in Greene County and the state. It is our hope to grow on the success of this event in 2017. This educational opportunity for youth and their instructors also allowed several Greene County producers to present the quality of their stock, while also showcasing the county’s Expo Center.
MASTER GARDENER EXTENSION VOLUNTEERS
In 2016, Greene County MGEVs continued and expanded their commitment to providing hands-on learning opportunities for Greene County youth. Our MGEV group maintained partnerships for youth gardens with the Pete Nance Boys and Girls Club, Union Point STEAM Academy and two local Girl Scout troops. The Master Gardener program is a volunteer training program designed to help UGA Extension staff transfer research-based information about gardening and related subjects to their communities. Through the MGEV program, Greene County Extension is able to provide a wider range of citizens with educational programming. Through youth gardening projects, volunteers look to increase young people’s awareness and understanding of the value of horticulture and landscaping.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.