Savannah Valley District

A Slice of Summer

Akendra Garrett, EFNEP Agent – Berkeley and    Charleston Counties As we embrace the warmth of summer, with hotter temperatures and longer days, it is an excellent opportunity to work toward our health and well-being goals. Going outside for outdoor activities and fun-filled adventures is always wonderful. I want to share a few pointers with […]

H.O.P. with the Healthy Options Program!

Roxane Cummings, Rural Health & Nutrition Agent Did you know that Bamberg is a HOP county? HOP, or the Healthy Options Program, is a CDC (Centers for Disease Control) funded program that addresses health disparities related to nutrition, physical activity, or obesity. According to U.S. News and World Report (2022), Bamberg County has a 41.0% […]

Shooting Sports and Natural Resources taught at 4-H Wild at Webb Camp

Shannon Herndon, Senior Extension 4-H Agent Two-thirds of US households have firearms. Youth need to understand firearm safety and how to use firearms correctly. South Carolina 4-H and SC Department of Natural Resources have partnered to offer a weeklong shooting sports and natural resources program held at the Webb Wildlife Center in Garnett, SC, for […]

Ways to Use Cherry Tomatoes

Gayle Williford, Food Systems and Safety / 4-H Agent, Berkeley County Your mid-summer home garden is pumping out vegetables faster than you can harvest them. The cherry tomatoes are piling up on your kitchen counter. What can you do with them? Don’t waste them. Cherry tomatoes are very versatile. They can be used as garnishes, […]

When to Start Pruning

Glen Payne, Urban Horticulture Agent Azalea pruning should be completed now that the 4th of July has passed. If possible, avoid additional pruning, as the new buds will be starting to set for next year. Scout for any pests attempting to hide in the shade of the undersides of the leaves and treat pest populations […]

Water Wisely this Summer!

     Ellen Sturup Comeau “A rain gauge is used to track rainfall amounts on the property. Photo credit Kim Morganello.” Summer is fast approaching! That means sunny weather, hot temperatures, and high humidity. Staying hydrated is critical to staying healthy in the intense weather, and that is doubly true for the plants in our yards. […]

Introducing the Clemson Extension TEACH Center at The Citadel Mall

Amy L. Dabbs, Statewide School & Community Gardening Coordinator The Clemson Extension TEACH Center at the Citadel Mall opened its doors on May 2, 2024. The new space serves as a regional meeting, teaching, and demonstration space for community-based Extension programming. “TEACH,” an acronym for Training, Education, Agriculture, and Community Health, aligns with the mission […]

4-H Wild at Webb Camp Teaches Life Skills

Shannon Herndon, County Extension 4-H Agent Seven 4-H’ers from Bamberg County attended Wild at Webb Camp at SCDNR Webb Wildlife Center in Garnett, SC, the week of June 10-14. Lawson Weilnau, Brady Moody, and Paige Ulmer served as CITs (Counselors in Training), washing water bottles, serving meals, and assisting with programs during the week. Youth […]

The Watermelon Journey: From Weed to Commercial Cultivation

Anna Sara Hill, Horticulture Extension Agent One taste closely correlated with summertime here in the Southeast is a juicy, sweet watermelon! July is National Watermelon Month. Have you ever wondered where that mouthwatering tasty treat originated? The answer to that question lies in Africa, where wild types still grow like weeds today.  Like modern-day watermelons, these […]

Drought Related Grazing & Feeding Issues

Marion Barnes, Senior County Extension Agent – Clemson University – July 2024 Drought can occur at any time. Feeding and nutrition of the cattle herd is the primary concern during extended periods of dry weather. Above-average temperatures and little or no rainfall limit forage growth and reduce hay production. Drought alone rarely kills forage species, […]