Cooperative Extension in Cherokee County has three facets – Agriculture and Natural Resources, 4-H, and Family and Consumer Sciences. All three program areas are represented here in order to provide residents with the best that Cooperative Extension has to offer.
Agriculture and Natural Resources helps in many areas. Farmers, arborists, pesticide applicators, irrigation specialists, landscapers, growers, cattleman, golf course superintendents, athletic field directors and other agricultural professionals can interact directly with an Extension Agent for assistance on all kinds of business situations. Commonly used services include soil and water testing, as well as forage samples, plant tissue samples and litter analysis. Commercial Pesticide Recommendations are routinely offered and new classes are currently being scheduled in our new facility to bring you industry trainings with accompanying CEUs.
Homeowners are not left out either! In addition to the services of the County Agent, homeowners are often helped by our large team of Georgia Master Gardener Extension Volunteers. Homeowners also use our laboratory services. They visit to ask questions about insect and plant disease identification and both cultural and chemical control measures. Stop by in person, call (770) 721-7803 or check out our web page for lots of research-generated information. Send a question directly to us using the ASK-AN-EXPERT email line found on our webpage at www.caes.uga.edu/
The Agriculture and Natural Resource Agent administrates the Georgia Master Gardener program. Have you been waiting for the new class to be offered? Applications are available now for next year’s class, which will be held in June 2014. Call or stop by to get your application. You’ll find one on our website as well.
Although we don’t have a Family and Consumer Science Agent located in Cherokee County, we strive to offer as much as we can in our office. If something requires the attention of an Agent, we will refer you to an area specialist. Here we can help with many food safety and nutritional concerns, and even traffic and motorcycle safety awareness projects. We offer the Walk Georgia program to promote healthy lifestyles and encourage exercise.
4-H is an educational program teaching leadership, citizenship, public speaking and practical life skills. The goal is to make learning fun! 4-H is the youth phase of The University of Georgia Cooperative Extension. More than 800 Cherokee County young people participate in 4-H activities.
Cherokee County 4-H is excited to kick-off the 2013-2014 year with exciting activities and events for youth ages 9 to 19! 4-H provides in school and after school club meetings and educational programs at 12 elementary schools in Cherokee County. There are also many 4-H activities outside of school.
County Council is open to all 4-H’ers who do not have a regular club meeting at their school (9 years to 12th grade). County Council is the first Tuesday of each month from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Extension Office. The next meeting will be Oct. 1.
The Cherokee County S.A.F.E. shooting sports teams consist of precision air rifle (9th-12th grade) led by volunteer coach Bobby Rogers and 5mm BB (9 years to 8th grade) led by volunteer coach Dave Adamson. Both shooting sports teams practice at Big Woods Goods Shooting Range in Holly Springs.
The Cherokee Chargers Horse Club led by volunteer Patty Sloan will have their first meeting on September 30th. It is not a requirement to have a horse to be a member. 4-H’ers participate in horse quiz bowl and train for the state 4-H horse show.
District project achievement is a public speaking competition and weekend field trip to Rock Eagle 4-H Center. Participants present an educational talk on a subject of their choice. They also compile visual materials which are helpful in sharing their information in this competition.
One of the highlights of the 4-H year is summer camp. Camp helps youth develop a sense of belonging and independence. Cherokee County will be attending camp at Rock Eagle 4-H Center in June.
Please come by to learn about what our modern Cooperative Extension office can do for YOU! With a glorious history of 150 years of service to Georgia’s residents, you will find that we are progressive, dedicated and prepared to tackle the challenges facing us all in 2014.
Information about Extension Solutions for Homes and Gardens can be found on the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension website at www.caes.uga.edu/extension/cherokee or by contacting the Cherokee County Extension Office at 100 North St., Suite G21 in Canton at (770) 479-0418. The Georgia Extension Master Gardener Program is a volunteer training program offered through county offices of the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension.