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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 atedrow@uga.edu.

The September 9 class, "Fall Vegetable Gardening " is currently full. To accomodate interest, we're holding a second Fall Vegetable Gardening class on Thursday, September 25 from 6-7 pm at the Athens-Clarke County Library. If you would like to attend this class, please register by September 24 by calling 706.613.3640 or email atedrow@uga.edu. Openings are still available for upcoming classes "Dealing with Deer" on October 14 and the "Creating Your Own Rain Garden" on November 11. If you would like to attend either of these classes, 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 "Kudzu Bug Takes Over the Southeast US / Brown Marmorated Stink Bug" will be held on Friday, September 5. Learn about these two new invasive insects in this two-part webinar. The webinar will be presented by Dr. Michael Toews, Associate Professor of Entomology at the University of Georgia and Dr. Tracy Leskey, Research Entomologist, USDA ARS Appalachian Fruit Research Laboratory, Kearneysville, WV. 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 on the sidewalk surrounding City Hall 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/

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Master Naturalist Program

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.

2014 Master Naturalist agenda

Applications for the 2015 program will be available in January 2015. For more information please contact Amanda Tedrow at (706) 613-3640 or atedrow@uga.edu

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Georgia Master Gardener Extension Volunteer Program

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.

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Georgia Master Composter Program-Athens-Clarke County Program

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.

2014 Master Composter Class schedule

 

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Shades of Green Newsletter

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 atedrow@uga.edu for additional information or to be added to the mailing list.

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Georgia Certified Landscape Professional

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

Registration is underway for the 2014 GCLP Training Program. Classes will be held on Tuesday evenings from 5:30-8:00 pm beginning September 23rd through November 18th, 2014. Classes will take place at the Snipes Water Resource Center located at 780 Barber Street in Athens.

Total cost of the program is $295. This fee includes: the program manual, 20 hours of professional instruction and hands-on training, refreshments and the exam fee of $165. The written exam will be administered on the last day of class, and the hands-on exam will take place in March 2015 at Gwinnett Technical College.

To register, please contact Amanda Tedrow at atedrow@uga.edu or by calling 706.613.3640. The registration deadline is September 10, 2014.

Registration form

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Testing Services

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Newsletters

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Gardening Clinics/Seminars

A county agent or Master Gardener can come and talk with your group concerning various gardening topics. Please contact Amanda Tedrow at atedrow@uga.edu

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Links of Interest

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Ask an Expert

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.
  • To contact our Agriculture Agent, Amanda Tedrow directly, e-mail her at atedrow@uga.edu
  • To ask a question by phone, please contact us at (706) 613-3640

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