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
Young people become self-directing, productive, contributing members of society through 4-H. Meriwether County Extension 4-H Agent Ashley Harman works with homeschooled and local public-school students, delivering educational opportunities for youth in grades five through 12. Our program complements and enhances basic, grade-level curriculum by bringing UGA resources to classrooms where 4-H programs are taught. The Meriwether County 4-H Club offers opportunities for youths of all ages. District Project Achievement gives 4-H’ers the opportunity to present a project from areas of their choosing. These projects can highlight any hobby or interests the 4-H’er may have. This is a great tool to build public-speaking skills and to showcase 4-H’ers work and success. It also helps boost self-confidence in and out of the classroom. Meriwether County 4-H’ers can take advantage of spending a week at one of Georgia’s five 4-H centers. They can participate in our shooting-sports program by joining the archery or shotgun teams. Volunteer leaders offer their skills to help in the programs. During the summer, 4-H’ers can take part in many day camp opportunities. 4-H’ers will have the opportunity to learn to live healthier lives through nutrition and physical fitness. Meriwether County 4-H believes in giving back to the community through service and contributions to local charities and events. Everyone works together for the common goal of engaging children to become self-sufficient adults who contribute to society.
Agriculture and Natural Resources
For more than 100 years, UGA Extension has provided free, reliable, research-based information in language that anyone can understand. UGA Extension in Meriwether County can assist citizens with questions about crops, livestock, home lawns, gardens, fruits and vegetables, natural resources and the environment. Meriwether County Extension provides technical assistance for agriculturists. Meriwether County Extension currently provides laboratory testing services for soil, water, forage and radon testing, as well as phone consultations for agriculture, natural resources, gardening, horticulture, pest management, lab testing-interpretation matters and more. Expertise in conservation, management of natural resources and personalized services are provided for farms, businesses and homes, as well as at events. This past year, all first- and second-graders in the county were able to see firsthand the importance of agriculture in Meriwether County.
Family and Consumer Sciences
Due to the resurgence of consumer interest in locally grown produce at farmers markets, Family and Consumer Sciences agents have developed a series of “Farm, Fresh and Fast” publications to be distributed at local farmers markets and U-pick farms. These educational pamphlets, along with many other publications on health and nutrition, are available at the Meriwether County Extension office.
The easy-to-read publications will help residents make wiser food choices and save money with information on how to use fresh products when they are in season.