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
Crawford County Extension does not currently have an ag agent. We continue to assist clients through in-office and on-site consultations, phone calls and emails with the assistance of the Taylor/Peach County Ag Agent. Our office continues to send soil, water, forage, insect, weed and plant-disease samples to UGA labs for processing.
4-H Youth Development
During the summer of 2020 Crawford County has put on virtual activities for students around the United States. From March 2nd, 2020 to May 28th, 2020 we posted a series of Facebook live videos called Fun with 4-H, talking about a different subject every week. We also had a lesson that was sent out via email that went along with the Facebook videos. We had a total of 7 videos with an average of 844 views on each video, the highest viewed was our Gardening video with 1400 views and 370 engagements.
Starting on June 8th, 2020 we started our series of summer kits for students that live in Crawford County. We have completed five weeks of kits, which included a gardening kit, movie night kit, clover paint kit, tie dye kit, and bird feeder kit. We still have three more weeks of kits to go. All of these kits were free of charge due to a grant we received and we had an average of 10 students participate in each kit. The best thing to come out of these kits was to see new students that live in Crawford County participate in our summer activities that wouldn’t have originally.
FVSU Family and Consumer Sciences
Millicent Price is the Fort Valley State University Family and Consumer Sciences agent for Crawford County. Some programs offered in FACS are:
- Money management and budgeting
- Food and Nutrition Education
- Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP)
- Nutritional and health awareness for adults and children
- Senior Life Programs
In 2019 FVSU Crawford County Extension made more than 2,000 contacts through in-office and on-site consultations and other programming and more than 500 phone calls and emails. Family and Consumer Sciences, nutrition, budget and safety information was delivered monthly to more than 150 adults, senior citizens, and youth. Monthly programming is done at Crawford County Head Start, Crawford County Senior Center, and different faith-based communities in the area. FVSU continues to play a role in countywide collaborative efforts with the Middle Georgia Community Food Bank and Chester’s Food Bank. The FVSU FACS agent’s direct efforts have assisted more than 75 families with produce and goods.