Athens-Clarke County Extension

About Athens-Clarke County Extension

Athens-Clarke County Extension is the local office of the statewide County Extension System. It is a cooperative venture between the Athens-Clarke County Unified Government and the University of Georgia. Athens-Clarke County Extension provides education and information for all citizens of Athens-Clarke County in the areas of agriculture, horticulture, the environment, families, food and nutrition, and financial security.

Our mission is to extend lifelong learning to Georgia citizens through unbiased, research-based education in agriculture, the environment, communities, youth, and families.


Would you like to know how to can vegetables, what the weed is growing in your yard, or maybe when you can sign up for 4-H? If you have questions like these and would like an answer through email, ask an expert.

Green Thumb Lecture Series

From February through November, Athens-Clarke County Extension is offering free monthly gardening classes.  These classes take place at the Athens-Clarke County Extension office (275 Cleveland Road) from 6:00 -7:30 p.m. 

Intended for gardeners of all experience and skill levels, the monthly classes will cover a variety of topics such as seasonal vegetable gardening, composting, beekeeping, and more. Registration is required.  The specific link to join the Zoom meeting will be sent to the email with which you register.  We hope you can attend!  For any questions, please email Laura Ney at  

October session(online)  The subject for October is soil health.  Now is the ideal time to prepare your garden plots for the spring growing season.  In the October 14 lecture we will discuss understanding soil health, testing, and maintaining a healthy soil including suggested amendments.  Please register by October 13.

November session: (online) On Wednesday, November 11 our lecture will be Landscaping with Native Plants.  Please join us for an informative presentation on native species of the southeast with topics including: seasonal planning with native plants, planting for pollinators, planting for birds and wildlife, creating rain gardens, and more.  Please register by November 10.