Programs and Events


Journeyman Farmer Certificate Program

This program aims to support beginning farmers and ranchers to help protect the future of food and fiber in Georgia.



South Georgia Muscadine Grape Conference

What: While growers wait for their fruit to ripen, it’s a great time for new and would-be muscadine growers to learn about cultivating muscadines, marketing muscadines and winemaking with muscadines.

University of Georgia Cooperative Extension is teaming up with Wolf Creek Plantation in Americus, Georgia, for a daylong workshop on all things muscadines. The conference will be held from 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, July 26.

“This a great opportunity for home muscadine growers who want to ramp up their production and farmers who have diversified into muscadines,” said Cain Hickey, UGA Extension viticulturist. “From pest control to site and variety and selection, we’ll be covering UGA’s latest muscadine research and recommendations.”

Growers and horticulturalists with UGA Extension and the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences will cover the business of growing muscadines as well as the technical aspects, like choosing cultivars and pruning. For the full schedule, visit:

Where: Wolf Creek Plantation: 207 Wolf Creek Drive Americus, GA 31719

When: Thursday, July 26 from 8:45 am - 4:30 pm

Registration: Attendees must pre-register by Monday, July 23. The registration cost is $10 per person and includes a catered lunch. To register, contact Bill Star, Sumter County Extension coordinator and Agriculture and Natural Resources agent, at


Athens-Clarke County Extension 2018 Free Gardening Class Series

What: The Athens-Clarke County Extension 2018 Free Gardening Class Series is open to the public, gardeners of all experience levels are welcome. All classes are held from 6:00-7:30 pm at the Athens-Clarke County Public Library Auditorium.

  • “Houseplants” will be held on Wednesday, July 25.This informative class will cover selecting the right houseplant, how to care for and maintain your houseplants, preventing pests and troubleshooting.
  •  “Fall Vegetable Gardening” will be held on Wednesday, August 22. This informative class will cover general vegetable gardening guidelines for our area, what vegetables do best in fall weather and when to plant them, how to maintain, troubleshoot, and harvest your veggies. 
  • “Succulents and Rock Gardens” will be held on Wednesday, September 26. This informative class will cover an explanation of succulents and rock gardens, basic succulent plant care guidelines, and suggestions for successful succulent varieties.
  • “Camellias, Azaleas, and Gardenias” will be held on Wednesday, October 24. This informative class will cover basic information about these three popular flowering shrubs including growing requirements, care and maintenance.
  • “Introduction to Organic Gardening” will be held on Wednesday, November 28. This informative class will cover basic concepts of organic gardening, best chemical-free practices and methods, organic amendments and products.

Where: Athens-Clarke County Library, Appleton Auditorium: 2025 Baxter St., Athens, GA 30606

When: See dates above. All classes are from 6:00 - 7:30 pm.

Registration: Registration is required. Please register by contacting Amanda Tedrow at (706)613-3640 or e-mail to


Grass-fed Beef Workshop

What: For the third consecutive year, University of Tennessee Extension will offer producers a “one-stop” opportunity to learn about producing and marketing grass-fed and pasture-raised beef. On August 14, 2018, at UT-TSU Extension’s Gibson County Ed Jones Agri-Plex Auditorium in Trenton, Tennessee, a full-day workshop will be conducted to introduce producers to pasture-based beef production systems and help producers address challenges of managing forages, finishing cattle and marketing beef. 

"The interest in grass-fed beef has increased in recent years. Some customers are interested in buying beef that are ‘grass-fed’ or ‘pasture-raised.' Producers who can tap into this niche market could potentially increase the price they receive for their cattle,” says UT Extension farm management specialist Danny Morris, one of the organizers of the event.

Also, according to UT forage specialist and workshop presenter, Gary Bates, “Transitioning from a conventional cow-calf operation to pasture-based cattle finishing can present many challenges and often entails a knowledge base and skill set distinct from more traditional pasture management programs.”

Where: Ed Jones Agri-Plex Auditorium: 1252 Manufacturers Row, Trenton, TN 38382

When: Tuesday, August 14, from 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Registration: The registration fee is $25 per person, which includes a meal. Preregistration is required as space is limited. The preregistration deadline is August 3, 2018. To preregister, please complete and return a registration form to the Gibson County UT Extension office, 1252 Manufacturer’s Row, Trenton, TN,  38382, by August 3, 2018. The registration form can be found online here: Contact: Danny Morris, Area Farm Management Specialist, 731-855-7656,

Public Film Screening and Panel Discussion of movie Food Evolution

What: The Sustainable Food Systems Initiative at UGA will be hosting a free film screening/panel discussion on the movie Food Evolution on September 26 from 4:30 – 7:00 pm, in the Tate Center Reception Hall. We are excited to have Dr. Wayne Parrott and Dr. Pablo Lapegna lead our panel discussion following the film screening. There are several eateries around the Tate Center, and the Bolton Dining Commons are across the street from the Tate Reception Hall, so grab some grub and head over to watch this film and engage in rich conversation following the screening. Please share this flyer with students and faculty members within your colleges/departments. This event is also listed as a First Year Odyssey Seminar.  

Where: UGATate Center Reception Hall: 45 Baxter St, Athens, GA 30602

When: Wednesday, September 26, from 4:30 - 7:00 pm

Registration: No registration required, please contact Emily Cabrera with questions at (706)542-8084 or e-mail to