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 UGA Extension Charlton County Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) 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 Charlton County ANR 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 their farms or in their homes. Agriculture in Charlton County has an annual farm-gate income of $20 million.
4-H Youth Development
Charlton County 4-H is excited to have the participation of fourth- through sixth-grade students in addition to middle- and high-school students. Including these younger 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, MilkMake, Mission Make It, and several other activities. Plans also were made to start and charter the Charlton County 4-H Horse Club. Charlton hosted a first-year DPA retreat for surrounding counties at Newell Lodge, where 4-H’ers learned etiquette and how to build a portfolio, performed community service projects, and heard tips on giving a successful presentation. 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. We kicked off summer programs with a “Rollin’ into Summer” skating and pizza party.
Then Charlton 4-H’ers spent the day in beautiful Fernandina, Florida, visiting Fort Clinch and receiving a guided tour by a former Charlton 4-H’er, ending the trip with some friendly competition in miniature golf. Members also took a trip to Okefenokee Swamp Park for a boat ride, train ride and culture classes on life in the Okefenokee. The Livestock Team took a trip to Athens where they improved their judging skills, and Charlton County 4-H Horse Club members had a fun week expanding their riding skills at horse camp. The greatest trip of all was 4-H camp at Rock Eagle. Forty-four 4-H’ers, parents and staff enjoyed a jam-packed week of learning opportunities, adventures and tons of fun. Summer programs also included bowling and a multicounty trip to Summer Waves where 4-H’ers enjoyed the sun, water slides and meeting other Southeast District 4-H members. 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.”