Making A Difference in Our County
University of Georgia Cooperative Extension is working hard for its constituents. The following are examples of Extension’s impact in the county over the past year.
FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES
The UGA Cooperative Extension office in Baldwin County recently welcomed a new Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Educator in October. Abigail Hasty is a recent graduate of Georgia College and State University, and she holds a bachelor’s degree in public health. The Extension Educator conducted a cooking demonstration for 20 participants at the Baldwin County Senior Citizen Center and cooked a breakfast casserole and made granola mix utilizing healthy food options. Additionally, the program consisted of six healthy tips to reduce the tendencies of holiday overeating. Another successful program included physical activity for 21 participants at the Baldwin County Senior Center. Participants learned simple exercises to perform with and without weights. Overall, both programs were overwhelmingly successful and the information was well received by the participants.
4-H YOUTH DEVELOPMENT
The UGA Cooperative Extension office in Baldwin County currently does not have a 4-H agent. The 4-H staff offers the core programs of Georgia 4-H to include in-school club meetings, 4-H summer camp, Project Achievemen, and State 4-H Council. In-school club meetings offer relevant curriculum to enrich the educational standards for fourth and fifth graders. Students in sixth through 12th grade can participate in the Baldwin County 4-H County Council, where student officers lead the meeting utilizing parliamentary procedure and provide updates and information to 4-H’ers about the different activities students can get involved in. 4-H summer camp provides an opportunity students from fourth through 12th grade to attend one of Georgia 4-H’s five camping centers that focus on environmental education, offer fun activities and promote healthy living and the essential elements of Georgia 4-H by emphasizing belonging, generosity and independence. Project Achievement is a competition where fourth through sixth grade students research a topic and deliver a presentation on their project. Students who are in seventh through 12th grade give longer presentations and compile a portfolio to document their project work, leadership activities, community service and other extracurricular activities. State 4-H Council is the annual, weekend-long 4-H conference where4-H Junior and Senior student leaders vote on by-laws, elect state officers, compete in the Iron Clover competition, learn citizenship and develop relationships with students from across the state.
AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES
The UGA Extension office in Baldwin County currently does not have an ANR agent, but the Extension office is glad to assist clients with soil, feed, water and hay samples; provide information to clients through UGA publications; and host the Progressive Farmers Club in Baldwin County.