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
McIntosh County 4-H members are prepared for the opportunities and responsibilities ahead. To prepare students for life after graduation, the Georgia Department of Education adopted the College and Career Readiness Performance Index (CCRPI). CCRPI requires schools to offer career awareness lessons for elementary-aged students. McIntosh County 4-H serves as a vital resource for McIntosh County Schools by offering educational opportunities and enhancing learning through research-based information provided by UGA Extension agents. McIntosh County 4-H uses an in-school curriculum to deliver college and career preparation classes for 111 students in fifth grade. A joint effort with the McIntosh County Schools, McIntosh County 4-H is delighted to partner with the schools to help meet one of the many requirements for CCRPI.
AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES
Recognizing a need in the community that had not been met for many years, McIntosh County Extension Coordinator Tammy Tyre formed an agriculture focus group to help identify all of the agriculture already in McIntosh County. The efforts of the newly formed focus group were very successful; for the first time in over two decades, McIntosh County has an Agriculture and Natural Resources county Extension agent. McIntosh County is home to an expanding and diverse range of agricultural and natural resource commodities, including blueberries, organic vegetable production, beekeeping, timber and saltwater fishing. In addition, McIntosh County producers are experimenting with the cultivation of historically important agricultural species of citrus, sugarcane and red-eyed peas. Interest in organically produced fruits and vegetables is growing in McIntosh County, and several producers are certified-organic growers. With the addition of an Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension agent in December 2016, many agricultural programs and workshops will be implemented to further enrich the agricultural impact of McIntosh County.