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:
THE POWER OF PRODUCE
Agriculture is Georgia’s largest industry and an important part of our local economy. It is important for residents to be connected to community resources that offer a greater understanding of the importance of agriculture. Haralson County Extension staff partnered with Tanner Health System, Sewell Mill Foundation, Farm Bureau and local farmers to provide information to the citizens of Haralson County. An emphasis was placed on the importance of agriculture, including educating youth about agricultural jobs and where their food is grown at an earlier age. The K-5 program is called the "Power of Produce" (POP) project. This project educates staff, 4-H members and volunteers on working with elementary school students. The youth are able to play educational games on portion sizes and food groups, learn about where a variety of foods are grown and are able to sample and take home fresh produce. This project is carried out in several different locations year-round, including Sewell Mill, four local town festivals, and preschool and fifth-grade classrooms through the 4-H program. As part of the in-school 4-H curriculum, 4-H leaders teach 976 students about the different types of soil and how to take a soil sample, water conservation and management, farm to fork, jobs and potential earnings in the field of agriculture.
At Farm Day, teachers, third-graders and pre-K students learn about food and fiber. Each student went to 10 different agricultural commodity stations, where they were given information about the animal or commodity and were able to ask questions. There were 22 adults and 25 4-H members and FFA students that educated and worked on the Farm Day program, an annual event.
TEACHER WORKSHOP ON AGRICULTURE
Educating teachers is another important way to get greater agricultural knowledge to the youth. A teacher workshop was sponsored by the Georgia Farm Bureau (GFB) Foundation for Agriculture, the Haralson County Farm Bureau and the Extension office. The workshop offered a day of lessons in which teachers were provided with educational materials with many different hands-on learning experiences and lesson plans, and a visit to a local farm. The farm visit included a tour of the fourth-highest-producing apple orchard in Georgia, located in Haralson County. Dorothea Graham, 4-H Youth Development agent, spoke to the educators about agricultural commodities in Haralson County and how 4-H can be an educational partner.
FARM CITY WEEK
During Farm City Week, Kim Hindmon, Farm Bureau office manager; Extension staff; and members of Farm Bureau toured many of the produce suppliers' facilities and were educated about the farmers market by Paul Thompson, the manager of the farmers market. Mrs. Graham inquired about possible solutions to the food desert in Haralson County. The group obtained more knowledge to help them educate citizens in their community. Haralson County has a wealth of agricultural commodities. By educating the youth and educators, students are more likely to choose healthier foods and consider a job in agriculture.