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.
MERIWETHER COUNTY AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES
For more than 100 years, UGA Extension has provided free, reliable, research-based information to the citizens of Georgia. Meriwether County Agriculture and Natural Resources Agent Ryan Brown helps farmers, homeowners and other agricultural professionals in Meriwether County with crops, livestock, home lawns, gardens, fruits and vegetables, and natural resources. We troubleshoot everyday problems through phone consultations, site visits and other resources available through UGA. Meriwether County Extension also provides technical assistance for agriculturists in the form of laboratory testing services for soil, water, forage and radon. We personalize our services to help the citizens of Meriwether County become more knowledgeable, sustainable and profitable in their agricultural operations. Meriwether County Extension recognizes the importance of keeping our youth involved in agriculture. This past year, all first-graders in the county were able to see firsthand the importance of agriculture in Meriwether County through our annual Farm Day.
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.
MERIWETHER COUNTY 4-H
Young people become self-directing, productive, contributing members of society through 4-H. Meriwether County Extension 4-H Agent Ashley Harman works with local homeschooled and 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 interest 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 for summer camp. They can participate in our shooting-sports program by joining the shotgun team. Volunteer leaders offer their skills to help in these programs. During the summer, 4-H’ers can take part in many day camp opportunities. 4-H’ers 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.