Savannah Valley District

Upcoming Workshops

  Samantha Houston, Food System, and Safety Agent I had a great time speaking at the Midstate Beekeepers Association’s August meeting. We spoke about how to sell honey and honey products in South Carolina. I have the upcoming Principles of Pickling Workshop on September 13th  for food preservation workshops. I am making my schedule for […]

Meet Our New Associate Director of Ag Education!

Mindy Sandifer, Barnwell County Associate Director of Ag Education Mindy Sandifer recently joined our Barnwell County Extension Office serving South Carolina Agricultural Education as their Associate Director. Sandifer will serve 130 middle and high school agricultural programs as well as supervise the SC FFA Camping Center in Cherry Grove. She is a native of Powdersville, SC.  […]

All Things Nutrition

Akendra Jackson, Nutrition Educator Nutrition is essential for everyone. Learning nutrition skills at a young age can help us satisfy nutritional requirements essential for overall health. The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education offers hands-on nutrition programs in four core areas: diet quality food resource management food security food safety Our approach assists in making small […]

Nuisance Wildlife Workshop

Rogan Gibson, Joe Varn, & Marion Barnes, County Extension Agents On August 8, 2023, a Nuisance Wildlife Workshop was held in Allendale County. Participants from Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Beaufort, Colleton, and Hampton Counties attended the meeting to learn about different techniques to control wild hogs and deer. Wild pigs are increasing in distribution and abundance […]

Keeping Water Clean with Vegetated Buffers

Ellen Sturup Comeau, Water Resources Agent An Eroding Shoreline: Photo by Guinn Wallover With the summer’s heat, people all over Beaufort County flock to the County’s beautiful ponds, rivers, marshes, and beaches. This exciting waterfront lifestyle keeps the Beaufort County Water Resources Agent busy with site visits. While the specifics of the questions vary from […]

Junior Leadership Jasper County (JLJC

Felicia C. Cunningham 4-H/Youth Development Agent 2023-2024 Junior Leadership Jasper County (JLJC) is a ten-month program in which area high school sophomores and juniors are empowered to become trustees of the Jasper County community. Throughout the ten months of the program, students will learn valuable leadership skills, including time management, community issue awareness, and business […]

Embryology at the Allendale County Library

Hillary Pope, Area Livestock & Forages Agent With the start of summer and the many activities available to youth, I partnered with the Allendale County Library Summer Reading Program and set up an incubator. Students learned about embryology and the chicken life cycle by listening to the book Hatching Chicks in Room 6 by Caroline […]

“Current and Emerging Markets for Coastal SC Landowners” Meeting Held in Harleyville

Janet Steele, Area Forestry & Wildlife Agent With the recent announcement of the closing of the WestRock paper mill in North Charleston, there have been many questions in the forestry community related to the pulpwood market and how this could impact forest management strategies and potential new timber markets. Over 65 members from the Tri-County […]

Are You a Breakfast-Skipper?

Christine Patrick, Senior County EFNEP Agent Although breakfast is the most important meal of the day, it is the most often missed. Skipping breakfast causes irritability, sluggishness, slow thinking, and inefficiency by midmorning. For quick energy, you may crave snacks like candy or a cookie. Usually, the nutrients missed by skipping breakfast aren’t “made up” […]

How Do You Can…?

Gayle Williford, Local Food Systems & Safety Agent, Berkeley County Humans have been preserving food since the beginning of time. Some methods, such as dehydrating, have been practiced since prehistoric times. Removal of water from food reduces the opportunity for certain types of spoilage to occur. Freezing is simple and requires the least amount of […]