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August 2015

August 29, 2015 - Dig In. Connecting Atlanta Through Soil - FREE
, 4-8 p.m.

Don’t miss the “Healthy Soil, Healthy Community Festival”, an Atlanta event celebrating soil as a primary source for building gardens and communities. If you are a gardening expert or if you just started your first tomato plant; there's much to discover at the festival. You can learn more about best composting practices by attending a mini-compost workshop or by snagging essential garden tools in the raffle.

Dig InBring a sample of your soil to test for nutritional and/or lead content, and while you wait, get technical assistance from composting, soil and gardening experts.

Prepare for the second growing season by purchasing seedlings from our plant sale.


• Meet fellow community gardeners and local food advocates
• Enjoy delicious locally grown food and drinks
• Fall plants for purchase
• Connect to composting resources, organizations, and businesses
• Get technical assistance and answers to your questions from composting, soil, and gardening experts and more!

Come Celebrate Gardening and Healthy Soil!

Registration for the event is free and easy on Eventbrite:


September 2015

September 1, 2015 - Pond Management Workshop
Tuesday 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Here’s your opportunity… an evening to learn and understand pond biology & proper management. A program for all pond owners, managers, and anyone interested in pond management, fishing and the best natural resource management practices.

Speaker: Dr. Gary Burtle, UGA Aquaculturist

* Water Quality & Testing
*Liming & Fertilizing a Pond
*Weed ID & Control
*Population Assessment & Management
Program sponsored by UGA Extension- Cherokee County ANR Agent, Josh Fuder. Registration limited to 40. Registration fee is $15.00. Two CEU credits in Category 26- Aquatic and/or one CEU credit Category 10- Private Applicator. Complete information below and return with payment by Wednesday, August 26, 2015. For more information call (770)721-7803 or visit our website

Detailed flyer here.

September 15-16, 2015 - Georgia Grazing School
- 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Two day training to learn about all aspects of forage and livestock management. Training will take place in both classroom and field settings.

InsideCows Grazing School
Carroll County Extension
900 Newnan Road
Carrollton, GA 30117 
Extension Office and Agri-Center

Topics Covered in the Classroom

  • Forage yield, distribution, and quality
  • Soil fertility and nutrient cycling
  • Using organic and alternative fertilizer sources
  • Weed control and management strategies
  • Managing surplus forage
  • Supplementing pasture-based nutrition
  • Manipulating forage growth and animal behavior
  • Grazing systems, methods, and design
  • Fencing, water, and shade system considerations
  • Pasture condition scoring
  • Irrigation systems and management for pasture-based livestock systems


Georgia Grazing School - 2015 website. Please check the website for details. Cost of the two day program is $150 for the first person from each farm ($75/person for each additional person from each farm/family) and includes lunches and breaks on each day, dinner on the first night, and a grazing school handbook. Participants are responsible for lodging. Registration (see below) is limited to 75 participants; accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

The web-based registration system (you can pay online) is now open. Registration deadline is September 7th.

If you have questions about the registration process, please contact Cathy Felton in our office from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. (706-310-3464).


September 16, 2015 - Free Gardening Workshop Series -Attracting Pollinators, Honeybees - Wednesday 6-7:30 p.m.

Athens-Clarke County Library
2025 Baxter Street
Athens, GA 30606

To Register: Conact ACC Extension at #(706)-613-3640 or

September 23, 2015 - Pollinator Field Day
Wednesday 9:00 a.m. - noon

pollinator Come join us for a day full of information on pollinators! The field day will consist of a powerpoint presentation followed by a farm tour. Topics will include a farmer's perspective on pollinators, the importance of pollinator habitat, establishing pollinator habitat, Master Bee Keeper update, and NRCS outreach and funding opportunities.

The field day is free of charge and open to anyone who is interested. Details can be found on the flyer!


Foster-Brady Farm
4290 Snows Mill Road
Monroe, GA 30655

To Register: Contact Joel Burnsed at (770) 267-1324 or at Please RSVP by September 18th.

Partners for the workshop include Walton Co. Soil and Water Conservation District, UGA Extension, USDA-NRCS, Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission, Athens Land Trust, and Walton EMC.

September 26, 2015 - Varroa Field Day
Time: TBT

A hands-on day in the apiary with staff from the UGA Bee Lab. Detailed, practical presentations on how to detect, assess and treat for varroa mites at home in your apiary.

Hands-on demonstrations for:
- Sticky boards
- Alcohol/Ether rolls
- Drone culling
- Essential Oils
- Natural acids (oxalic, formic)
- Commercial Miticides
- and MUCH MORE!

No more worrying... "Am I doing this right?" or "Am I going to kill my bees?"

High Falls Park Road
Milner, GA 30257

Please pre-register by 9/23/2015 by email or call (770) 467-4225. Cost is $10.00 for tuition and Space Is Limited! Detailed flyer here.

September 30, 2015 Wide Bottom Farm Field Day - Cover Crops for Vegetable Production
Wed. - 9 a.m.-noon

Cover Crop Jessica Harvest broccoli Planting Group

Summer cover crops can provide nitrogen for your fall cash crops and save you money.

-to predict how much nitrogen will be released by cover crops.
-about cover crop benefits and how they can be used in vegetable production.

Everyone is welcome! Come see the results!

Meet at:
Habersham County Extension Office*
555 Monroe St. Unit 50, Clarkesville, GA 30523

*behind the Clarkesville Courthouse on Monroe Street and Woods Furniture on Georgia Highway 441/197. The farm is remote and a shuttle van will leave promptly at 9 take you to the farm.

Pre-registration is necessary! Please pre-register by Friday Sept. 25th. For more information contact Habersham County Extension Agent Steven Patrick at (706) 754-2318. Flyer here.

October 2015

October 5, 2015 - Field Day at Crystal Organic Farm Sunn Hemp
Monday 10 a.m. - noon

Crystal Organic Farm
425 N Johnson St.
Newborn, GA 30056

Summer cover crops can provide nitrogen for your fall cash crops and save you money.

Learn:Harvest broccoli
-to predict how much nitrogen will be released by cover crops.
-about cover crop benefits and how they can be used in vegetable production.
-about NRCS cover crop programs.

A great chance to see the Crystal Organic Farm operation!
Everyone is welcome!

Pre-registration is necessary! Please register by Sept. 28th. To register or for more information please contact Newton County Extension Agent Ted Wynne at (770) 784-2010 or Flyer here.

*Rain Date is Oct. 12 from 10am-noon*


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