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.
4-H Youth Development
Georgia 4-H Project Achievement is a learning process in which youth work to gain and strengthen skills in preparing and presenting a demonstration. Coweta 4-H continues to use new and creative ways to promote and teach 4-H Project Achievement and the results are speak for themselves. Fifth-grade Project Achievement lessons, resources and informative handouts are interactive and focus on criteria that are required by the Georgia school system’s performance standards. Six high-school competitors moved on to compete at Georgia 4-H State Congress, the highest level of 4-H competition. At State Congress, three placed third, one placed second and one placed first. In addition, seventeen other students were recognized at State Congress for mastering in their project areas. Those included 4-H members from the Dairy Heifer Show Team, Dairy Judging, Land Judging, and Hippology teams. The Coweta 4-H program continues to be highly regarded for the number of 4-H members who excel in their project areas and reach master status, the highest honor in 4-H.
Family and Consumer Sciences
Coweta County Master Gardener Extension Volunteers (MGEVs) work in collaboration with the Newnan/Coweta Boys and Girls Clubs to provide the I Can Garden Club. This program allows children to learn about gardening through hands-on activities including garden journaling, seed dissection, seed germination, plant growth, transplanting and planting vegetables, composting, soil nutrients, pollinators, harvesting and storing vegetables, preparing and maintaining a garden, and eating the healthy vegetables that they grow. I Can Garden Club students celebrated the end of their program by making their own vegetable pizza and learning about the health benefits of fresh ingredients, herbs, and vegetables. The Coweta County Boys and Girls Club's board of directors awarded its Volunteer of the Year award to our Coweta County MGEVs for their commitment, dedication, leadership, and exceptional volunteer services.
Agriculture and Natural Resources
Animal agriculture, specifically cattle production, is a male-dominated industry. According to statistics from a 2014 U.S. Bureau of Labor report, 76 percent of those who identified as farmers or ranchers were male. It is not lack of skill that prevents women from becoming more prevalent in the industry, but it may be lack of confidence. Small-acreage farming by women continues to increase in popularity in Coweta County. The Coweta County Extension program hosted a Southern Women in Agriculture Training in March 2018. Eighteen participants attended, representing eleven counties. During the workshop, participants rotated through six sessions including fencing, tractors, media training, trucks and trailers, cattle handling, and animal health. Each of these sessions were planned and taught by female UGA Extension agents from across the state of Georgia. Participation in the workshop was limited in order to maintain small group sizes and to encourage participants to actively engage and gain hands-on experience. Survey results indicated that 100 percent of participants increase their knowledge of the topics presented. Comments included, “I am so grateful for this training. I knew nothing and was super nervous. I really now have some beginning skills!” and “I drove a truck/trailer for the first time today! Thankyou for all of the support and positivity from my instructors today.”