Agriculture & Natural Resources
Free Monthly Gardening Classes
Athens Area Master Gardener Extension Volunteers will be teaching a free hour-long monthly gardening class each month from May through November. The classes will take place on the second Tuesday of each month from 6-7 pm. Classes will be held either at the Athens-Clarke County Extension office or the Athens-Clarke County Library (2025 Baxter Street). Intended for gardeners of all experience and skill levels, classes will cover topics such as vegetable gardening, perennials and annuals, deer control, attracting birds and butterflies to your garden, rain gardens and more. If you'd like to attend a class, please register by calling (706) 613-3640 or email email@example.com.
Openings are still available for the "Creating Your Own Rain Garden" workshop on November 11. If you would like to attend, register as detailed above. Registration is required.
Please click here to view the full class schedule.
All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar Series
UGA Extension Athens-Clarke County is hosting a free monthly webinar telecast about good and bad insects. Directed by the Alabama Cooperative Extension, the All Bugs Good and Bad 2014 Webinar Series will include topics such as supporting bee pollinators, controlling pests, new invasive insects, spiders and ticks. These free webinar telecasts will be on the first Friday of each month from 2:00-3:00 PM at the ACC Extension office. All Bugs Good and Bad informational flyer
The next in the series "Where Have All the Honeybees Gone? Hope for the Future" will be held on Friday, November 7. Why do we have fewer honeybees these days? What caused the declines, and what can we do to help? These questions and more will be answered in this webinar presented by Dr. John Skinner, a professor in the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology at the University of Tennessee. No registration is required.
If you have questions, please contact the Athens-Clarke County Extension office at 706.613.3640.
Farmers Market Information
Working with three local farmers markets, the Athens-Clarke County Extension office provides educations opportunities to the community including weekly "Ask a Master Gardener" and "Ask a Master Composter" information booths.
Athens Farmers Market
The Athens Farmers Market is open for the 2014 season. The market is located at Bishop Park (705 Sunset Drive) every Saturday from 8am until noon through December 20th. During its seventh year of operation, the market features local produce, baked goods, coffee, juice, prepared foods, local meats, music and crafts.
During the season, the Athens Farmers Market also has a market held every Wednesday. The Wednesday market is located at Creature Comforts on W. Hancock Ave. and is open from 4 pm to 7 pm.
If you would like to become involved or get more information, please contact Amanda Tedrow at (706) 613-3640. If you have additional questions about the market please visit: www.athensfarmersmarket.net
West Broad Farmers Market
The West Broad Farmers Market is a community-driven, education-oriented, weekly farmers market that supports local economical development & community wellness. Hosted at the West Broad School (1573 West Broad Street) each Saturday from 10am until 2pm, the market features crafts, produce and prepared food vendors as well as nutrition education workshops and health screenings. West Broad Farmers Market is directed by the Athens Land Trust. For more information, please visit: http://www.athenslandtrust.org/community-gardens/west-broad-farmers-market/
Oglethorpe Fresh Farmers Market
Oglethorpe Fresh Farmers Market at 111 South Platt St. operates on Saturdays from 8:30 am-12:30 pm in the heart of downtown Lexington. It was created as a space for farmers, artists, local historians, musicians and friends to come together to share local produce and local production. For more information, contact 706.743.3015 or visit https://www.facebook.com/pages/Oglethorpe-Fresh/118849704824147
The Georgia Master Naturalist program is an adult environmental education course developed by UGA Extension and the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources for people interested in exploring the habitats, ecosystems and the natural environments of our state. The program is a combination of lectures and hands-on field studies taught by UGA faculty and field experts.
Held each year from early April through the end of May, classes meet once a week for nine consecutive weeks. Most classes are at Flinchum’s Phoenix in Athens, but the course also includes field trips within an hour drive of Athens. Topics include Ecology, Entomology, Herpetology, Human Impact, Water Issues and many others.
Applications for the 2015 program will be available in January 2015. For more information please contact Amanda Tedrow at (706) 613-3640 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Established in 1990, the Athens Area Master Gardener Program provides novice and seasoned gardeners with an intensive educational experience in horticulture principles, practices and pest management. Classes are taught by UGA faculty and other subject area experts. Class topics include botany, plant physiology, soils, annuals, perennials and bulbs, vegetable gardening, fruit gardening, herb gardening, organic gardening, entomology, plant pathology and disease control, landscape design, plant propagation, composting and more.
After completing the educational component of the program, participants perform 50 hours of volunteer service in their community before the end of the calendar year. Master Gardener Extension Volunteers answer gardening questions at the ACC Extension office, staff informational booths at farmers markets and local events, conduct plant clinics, help with Plant a Row for the Hungry gardens, assist curators at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia, teach Junior Master Gardener programs at local schools and more.
- State Master Gardener Extension Volunteer Program
- Athens Area Master Gardener Association
- 2014 Master Gardener Class
- 2015 Master Gardener Program Application
The 2015 Master Gardener Program will take place January - March, 2015. Classes will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia in Athens. Please click the link above to download the 2015 program application. Applications are also available at the Athens-Clarke County Extensions office. Applications are due by November 1, 2014. If you have any questions regarding the 2015 program, please contact Amanda Tedrow by calling (706) 613-3640 or email email@example.com
Master Composters are an elite group of volunteers who have undergone an extensive training class in all aspects of the composting process. They then use this information to teach others how to turn their organic material into a beneficial soil amendment.
Registration for the 2015 Georgia Master Composter program will begin in October of 2014. Classes will be held once a week on Wednesdays from late January through March, 2015. athens clarke county recycling
Shades of Green is a monthly newsletter in electonic format produced by the Athens-Clarke County Cooperative Extension "from gardeners to gardeners." The newsletter offers information specific to local gardeners, including: seasonal articles, gardening tips, and a schedule of events of interest. Submission of questions, as well as the sharing of photos and information is encouraged. You may call Amanda Tedrow at (706)613-3640, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information or to be added to the mailing list.
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What is GCLP? The Georgia Certified Landscape Professional Program is a voluntary testing program that certifies those in the landscape profession who have mastered a thorough knowledge and understanding of job skills to be successful in the industry.
Benefits of G.C.L.P. Certification include:
- Customers will recognize certification as a mark of quality
- Athens-Clarke County Water Conservation Office & UGA Extension Athens-Clarke County promote the use of GCLP Certified professionals
- Special access to graduate resources and continuing education
Athens-Clarke County Extension and the Water Conservation Office facilitate an annual GCLP Training Program to prepare landscapers for the written and hands-on exam. Total cost of the training program is $295 and includes: the program manual, 20 hours of professional instruction and hands-on training, refreshments and the exam fee of $165. The written exam is administered on the last day of class, and the hands-on exam is scheduled for a later date.
Registration has closed for the 2014 GCLP Training Program. To request information regarding the 2015 training, please contact Amanda Tedrow at email@example.com or by calling 706.613.3640.
A county agent or Master Gardener can come and talk with your group concerning various gardening topics. Please contact Amanda Tedrow at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Georgia Center for Urban Agriculture
- CAES Publications Search Page
- Georgia Department of Agriculture
- US Department of Agriculture
Couldn't find what you were looking for? Need an answer to an agriculture or natural resource related question? Listed below are three options that are available to help find the right answer to your question.
- To ask a question now and receive an answer by e-mail, follow the Ask an Expert link here.
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- To ask a question by phone, please contact us at (706) 613-3640
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