UGA Extension Office

Our Impact

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.

The Gardens at Brookdale

The Gardens at Brookdale were announced in April 2023 thanks to a partnership between Bibb Extension, Macon-Bibb County and United Way. With the mayor's vision and commitment of community partners, volunteers and donors, 50 beds were built and now feed over 100 homeless clients regularly. Through December 2023, over 4,200 pounds of peas, beans, okra, peppers, tomatoes, corn, squash, watermelons and sweet potatoes were harvested. Hands on educational programs for the community add to the overall impact and excitement of this program. As a result, more citizens have access to community resources and fresh produce.

Financial Capability Campaign

Bibb County Cooperative Extension secured $69,000 in grant funding from USDA FSA to help address heir property risk factors in Bibb County as well as target landowners in Marion, Wilkes, and Crawford counties. The project identified several areas of need specific to the target audience, they include: the need for in-depth personalized training on estate planning, technical assistance on long-term planning strategies such as planning for incapacity; asset organization; disposition of assets; wealth planning for future generations; role of executor; probate; technical assistance with development of the basic components of an estate plan specifically Power or Attorney Financial, Advance Healthcare Directives and Last Will and Testament. UGA and Fort Valley State University Cooperative Extension and licensed attorneys provided direct education and technical assistance. Estate planning educational materials were distributed to over 22,000 Georgians through outreach including flyers, videos, email blasts, social media posts and newspaper advertisement. Seventeen workshops were offered and over 235 participants were educated. Currently, 61 participants received over 167 hours of personalized education with a Georgia Board certified attorney. The workshops proved helpful to most residents, including 70 percent who learned new and useful information, 77 percent who would share the information, and 42 percent who shared they learned best practices to protect property and other assets. To date the program has completed 61 estate plans for Georgia residents from 18 counties. With the assistance of this program, over 470 acres of land valued at $3.3 million; 47 homes valued at $6.6 million and seven businesses valued at over $800,000 were secured through estate plans. Additionally, attorneys working with the project contributed over $14,000 in in-kind donations and participants completed over 160 hours of direct education.