Ask the County Agent: What are some of the 2024 programs to be offered?

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Pictured above – Participants at a Coweta Extension small ruminant training are introduced to hoof trimming and parasite management tools. (Photo by Coweta County Extension Office)

By STEPHANIE BUTCHER, UGA Extension Coweta County Coordinator

QUESTION: What programs and activities will you be offering next year? 

AGENT:  If you read this Q&A column on a regular basis, then you have learned about some of our 4-H activities and have read about tips for planting trees, gardening, maintaining landscapes and more, but you may not know about some of the educational programs that we offer.

Each December, while thoughts turn to holiday events, our staff is hard at work planning programs for the upcoming year. Mark your calendar. Here is an overview of what we have scheduled so far:

Agriculture & Natural Resources

Backyard Meeting (January 9, 2024) – This program discusses “Perils and Pitfalls of Overused Plants” and will be taught by Bartow County Extension Agent, Paul Pugliese. Backyard meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month (January – November). 

West Georgia Equine Symposium (March 30, 2024) – This symposium is a partnership between the Troup, Coweta, Carroll and Haralson County Extension offices and will include topics that are helpful for new and experienced horse owners such as forages, nutrition, horse health and more.  

Journeyman Farmer Small Ruminants Program (Fridays, May 31 through June 28) – Journeyman Farmer focuses on those interested in starting a farm business or those who have recently begun farming and want to improve their operation. 

Coweta County Farmers Market (Wednesdays and Saturdays beginning June 1) – The Farmers Market offers locally grown produce and handcrafted items including fruits, vegetables, honey, baked goods, soaps, and more. 

4-H

• Fishing Rodeo (April 27) – This fun day of fishing (8 a.m. – 2 p.m.) is co-sponsored by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Welcome Farms in Newnan. It is open to youth from pre-school to 5th grade. You must keep what you catch. 

• 4-H Adventure Camp (May 28-31) – This day camp is available for 3rd through 5th graders and includes 4 days of action-packed fun. 

• 4-H Senior Extreme Camp (June 3-7) – This overnight Pioneer Camp is held at Rock Eagle 4-H Center for 9th-12th graders. 

• 4-H Junior Camp (June 10-14) – Camp is held at Burton 4-H Center on Tybee Island and is open to 7th and 8th graders.

• 4-H Wilderness Challenge Camp (June 17-21) – This camp is hosted at Wahsega 4-H Center in the North Georgia Mountains and is for 7th and 8th graders.

• 4-H Senior Camp (July 1-5) – This camp is for 9th -12th graders and is also held at Wahsega 4-H Center. 

• 4-H Cloverleaf Camp (June 24-28) – This camp is for 4th-6th graders and is held at Rock Eagle 4-H Center. 

• 4-H Senior Natural Resource Camp (July 1-5) – This camp is also held at Rock Eagle and exposes high school youth to various natural resource topics through hands-on learning. Youth interested in wildlife, fisheries, forestry, water, etc. are encouraged to apply. 

* Camp registration forms and payment information will be available on January 3rd at the Coweta County Extension Office. 

Family & Consumer Sciences

We will be able to share some exciting news about our family and consumer sciences agent (FACS) position in the new year. For now, I can tell you that our FACS programming will be back in early 2024 and a class schedule will be coming soon. Stay tuned.  

Wishing you all the best during this holiday season. Hopefully, we will see you at a program or two coming up in 2024. 

For more information about any of the programs listed or to request a particular program, contact us at 770-254-2620 or [email protected]. Visit ugaextension.org/coweta to join our email list for program announcements. Please note the Coweta County Extension office will be closed from December 25 through January 1.  

The University of Georgia College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences is an equal opportunity, affirmative action organization. 

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