Savannah Valley District

America’s First Grape is Still a Favorite

Christine Patrick When it comes to grapes, we have Thompson seedless, Concord, and wine varieties like Zinfandel, Merlot, and Cabernet. When it comes to a Southerner’s taste buds, however, there is a fondness for America’s first grape – Vitis rotundifolia. You know it better as the muscadine, that bronze or purple-black fruit that is native […]

Using and Storing Apples

Christine Patrick Using and Storing Apples South Carolina-grown apples are available from late August to November. Apples are: a good source of fiber. a source of potassium and vitamin C. low calorie—81 calories per 2½” apple. How to buy apples:  Apples should feel firm. If you can dent one with your finger, it is too […]

FoodShare SC

Picture of food share signage

Michelle Altman, Rural Health Extension Agent – Hampton County FoodShare SC is an organization based out of Columbia, South Carolina. FoodShare SC’s vision is to ensure access to fresh produce for all in our communities. FoodShare SC’s goal is to enhance the quality of life by creating access to fresh, affordable food. FoodShare SC partners […]

Use Native Plants in Holiday Decorations

Laura Lee Rose, Horticulture Agent The possibilities are endless when using the woods and roadsides to gather holiday decorations. Thanksgiving and harvest are celebrated autumn gatherings, so we will be looking for things with fall’s yellow, orange and red flowers, foliage, and fruits. Leaves and vines can be arranged in vases and baskets. Native grasses […]

Preserving Root Vegetables

By Christine Patrick, Health Extension Agent Root vegetables are in season during this time of the year. For those of you who are considering canning and pickling them, you’re in for a pleasant surprise! Beets – Pickled Beets Ingredients 7 pounds of 2- to 2½-inch diameter beets 4 cups vinegar (5 percent acidity) 1½ teaspoons […]

4-H Youth Practice Showmanship Skills Together

4H Poultry Project Participants

Fall is the time of year that SC Livestock 4-H participants prepare for all year long. It is no different for many members of Clarendon County’s 4-H Animals and Outdoors Livestock Club. Youth that participates in 4-H livestock projects must raise and care for a project animal, complete a detailed record book about their project […]

2021 Clarendon County Cotton and Soybean Insect Scouting Workshop

People standing near a cotton field.

The Cotton and Soybean Insect Scouting Workshop was held on July 28th for Sumter, Clarendon, Williamsburg, and Florence counties. This day-long training was one of several held across the state. Speakers included; Jeremy Greene, Cotton and Soybean Entomologist from EREC, Francis Reay-Jones, Corn and Small Grain Entomologist for the PDREC, Hannah Mikell, Agronomy Agent, and […]