Cooperative Extension

About Cooperative Extension

Athens-Clarke County Cooperative 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. Cooperative 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.

Free Gardening Class Series

From February through November, Athens-Clarke County Extension is holding a free gardening class each month. Taught by Master Gardener Extension Volunteers, these classes take place in the auditorium of the Athens-Clarke County Library (2025 Baxter St.) 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.

April 3, 2019: Vegetable Gardening

The next class in the series, “Vegetable Gardening", will be held on Wednesday, April 3 from 6-7:30 PM.  Attend this free workshop for general vegetable gardening guidelines for our area, when to plant each variety and how to maintain, troubleshoot and harvest your veggies.  Gardeners of all skill level are welcome.  Please register by Tuesday, April 2.

May 8, 2019: Backyard Composting

May 5-11, 2019 is International Composting Awareness Week.  Join us on May 8 for our backyard composting class for the May installment of our Free Monthly Gardening Series.  This session will include an informative presentation on the basic concepts of composting, the importance of efficient composting, and recommended structures and methods.  Gardeners of all skill levels are welcome.  Please register by Tuesday, May 7.

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