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 made more than 1,200 contacts through in-office and on-site consultations, phone calls and emails. More than 180 participants were delivered a weekly Agriculture and Natural Resources newsletter that focused on listing local food sources, announcing in-county and surrounding area Extension courses available, and timely tips. More than 200 soil, water, forage, insect, weed and plant-disease samples were processed through the local office. In conjunction with Crawford County Farm Bureau and Crawford County FFA, the pilot year of the Chick Chain Program was held. Fifteen families received 25 free day-old chicks. In return they had to attend two educational courses, fill out a record book and return five laying hens to a special auction to regenerate funds. Crawford County Extension continued to play a role in the Middle Georgia Sheep and Goat Group. Two field days were held and quarterly newsletters were sent out.
4-H Youth Development
In 2019, 496 youths were enrolled in Crawford County 4-H. Crawford County met in all fourth, fifth and sixth grade classrooms once a month during the school year. Extracurricular clubs included homeschool, SAFE Shotgun and SAFE BB teams. Volunteers amassed hundreds of hours of service through many avenues. The SAFE Shotgun Team was managed by three certified volunteers who established the team, created budgets, fundraised and managed all aspects of the team. This first-year team competed in both district and state events. They have also begun to travel across the state to compete in other divisions. The SAFE BB Team was created by two certified volunteers who manage the team completely. Volunteers also attend camp, judge events, lead meetings and maintain office hours. One 4-H’er served as a summer camp counselor at Rock Eagle 4-H Center.
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.