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.
Agriculture and Natural Resources
The Charlton County Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources program offers many services to local clientele. The program offers soil, water and plant analysis through the university’s laboratories, as well as in-office and on-site consultations on a wide array of issues. The Extension agent assists clients with issues such as pond management, lawn health and maintenance, gardening issues and strategies, forestry, horticulture and livestock care and maintenance. UGA Extension agents play a vital role in the success of the agricultural industry through the distribution of university-based research for clientele to use on the farm or at home. Agriculture in Charlton County has a farm gate value of $19 million annually.
The Charlton County Storm Water Project is slated to begin in spring 2020. The goals for this project are to access potential spots for implementing stormwater best management practices (BMP) around and near the Charlton County Extension Office; install a stormwater system that will allow water to be stored on site and released; provide educational opportunities for contractors, volunteers and youth in Charlton County; and monitor installed stormwater BMPs to better learn how they operate.
4-H Youth Development
Charlton County 4-H is excited to have the participation of fourth through 12th grade students this year. Including these high school students has increased activity and interest in 4-H competitions and activities. Highlights from the past year include participation in standard 4-H events such as District Project Achievement (DPA), Cloverleaf Camp, State Council, Cotton Boll and Consumer Judging, Livestock Judging, Horse Club and several other activities.
Charlton County has expanded its specialty clubs to include Horse Club and Livestock Judging. We are excited to start these programs, and already have great participation numbers. Charlton County took it a step further and our summer programs rocked. Charlton County 4-H’ers had the opportunity to attend six summer programs along with two summer camps. Cloverleaf students went to Tybee Island for summer camp and Junior Camp was at Jekyll Island. Summer programs also included bowling, a trip to Summer Waves where 4-H’ers enjoyed the sun, water slides and meeting other Southeast District 4-H members. We also went to the Okefenokee Swamp and Strike Zone bowling alley.
The Charlton County 4-H office hosted three summer programs at the office and those classes included canvas painting, yoga and healthy living, and a community service day to replant the 4-H flower garden. The Livestock Judging Team took several trips to judging contests where they improved their judging skills and learned new techniques. Each program averaged 10 to 20 Charlton 4-H’ers, parents and staff. Charlton County 4-H is excited about our continued growth, and we look forward to continuing to “make the best better.”