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.
Floyd County Extension programs help enable citizens to make sound decisions to improve their quality of life as it relates to social/economic well-being and the environment in which they live. Floyd County Extension presented 159 educational classes in 4-H and Agriculture/Natural Resources, and had contact with more than 10,000 citizens. Outreach efforts led to the creation of 33 news articles/newsletters and 16 radio programs. In 2019 Floyd County processed 464 soil samples, 145 disease/insect sample on plants, 59 feed/forage samples, 21 water microbiology samples analyzed for bacteria and 17 drinking water samples for quality.
4-H BY THE NUMBERS
There are 872 Floyd County youths enrolled in the 4-H program, with 821 receiving instruction in language arts and public speaking and 779 receiving instruction in College and Career Readiness. We had 293 youth served in after-school programs, with 96 participating in our summer educational activities. A total of 101 activities were offered, 30 attended 4-H summer camp and 17 participated in livestock events.
FOOD PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT
4-Hers developed their own unique food product, Clover Cookies, in preparation for the State Food Product Development Competition, where they placed second in the state. These 4-H’ers not only developed the food product, they also conducted market research to determine potential sales of their product. This information was included in the written proposal that was judged by the Food Science Department at the University of Georgia. In addition to the written proposal 4-H’ers gave an oral presentation of their product, marketing plan, safety protocols and nutrition information.
MASTER GARDENER EXTENSION VOLUNTEERS INCREASE PROGRAM DELIVERY CAPACITY
Over the past five years the Floyd County Master Gardener Extension Volunteers (MGEVs) have delivered 43 horticulture programs. In 2019, Berry College’s Oak Hill Martha Berry Museum ask the Floyd County MGEVs to participate in their 25th Anniversary Senior Scholars Program for ages 55 and older. MGEVs developed and delivered six classes themed around gardening with natives and pollinators. Outreach of this programmatic effort reached 96 citizens. Being ask to teach for Berry College’s Senior Scholar program is a distinguished honor and indicates the MGEVs of Floyd County are a trusted source of information. By utilizing volunteers to deliver programs the programs, Floyd County Extension has reached an additional 1,298 citizens.
To assist in measuring the level of impact, we evaluate several programs each year by asking participants to complete a two-question survey including the questions: 1. Tell us one to two things you learned; 2. Tell us one to two things you plan to change because of what you learned today. Participants responded that they learned more about pollinator insects, soil testing, scouting for plant problems, removing pest plants such as Chinese Privet, planting wildflowers to attract pollinators, calibrating irrigation systems, proper watering of trees, and the important of mulching plants in the landscape. These evaluation results are encouraging in that participants indicate that they intend to make changes based on the educational information provided to them via the Master Gardener Extension Volunteers of Floyd County.