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
Glynn County 4-H keeps expanding, serving more than 1,000 fifth graders in the public schools. Through programming at all four middle schools, a Cloverbud program for younger grades, an after-school program for at-risk kids, a Horse Club, Garden Club, Clover Kids Club, County Council for Junior and Senior 4-H’ers, and many opportunities for community service, Glynn 4-H provides a safe place for all children. Glynn 4-H’ers compete in educational events and enjoy many recreational endeavors through summer camp, field trips and cooking competitions. Science and the environment are popular lessons.
When asked why she wanted her children involved with 4-H, one mother stated, “They get opportunities to see the wonderful state of Georgia outside of their hometown. It gives them experience in volunteerism and giving back to their community. It gives them experience stepping outside of their comfort zones and learning to become leaders, even when they never thought they could. It also gives them a tightly knit tribe of fellow 4-H’ers who are bonded by these opportunities and experiences. I can’t say enough good things about 4-H.”
Agriculture and Natural Resources
Glynn County’s new Agriculture Natural and Resources agent joined the office in 2019. The agent pent the year providing educational outreach, learning the county terrain and creating connections in the community. The agent delivered educational programs to several different clubs and organizations within Glynn County, such as the Brunswick Kiwanis Club, the Brunswick Exchange Club and various Glynn County garden clubs. The College of Coastal Georgia invited the agent to serve on the college’s Tree Campus USA committee, where he teamed up with regional forester, Alex Ballard, to help deliver the college’s annual Arbor Day program. The agent was also heavily involved in providing technical assistance throughout the year to homeowners, farmers, landscapers and county employees. Most consultations revolved around urban agricultural issues, particularly in tree care and lawn care. Looking forward, the agent plans to become a certified arborist in 2020 to better assist county residents with tree-care needs. On a statewide level, the agent helped carry out research in tracking the Asian citrus psyllid. The Asian citrus psyllid is an insect that vectors citrus greening disease, a disease that has devastated the citrus industry in Florida. Research to track the movement of the psyllid is being done to prevent the same from happening to the Georgia citrus industry. The agent is also a member of the statewide UGA Sugarberry Tree team. The team carries out research along the coast to find the causes of sugarberry tree decline and how to mitigate them.
Family and Consumer Sciences
The UGA Extension Family and Consumer Sciences program provides answers for county residents about food safety, healthy eating and many other consumer concerns. Providing programs for underrepresented groups was a focus for Glynn County this year.
Under the supervision of a Family and Consumer Sciences educator, a program assistant with Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program offered 174 educational sessions to adults in Glynn County. Adults who completed the programs reported a gain in knowledge in diet quality, physical activity, food safety and food budgeting. Glynn County Extension expects the Family and Consumer Science program to grow and become a valuable resource for all residents of the area.