Savannah Valley District

Safe Driving Tips During Planting Season

Marion Barnes, Senior County Extension Agent – Clemson University There are certain times of the year when farm vehicles and equipment will be more prevalent on the highways, such as spring planting and fall harvest, and motorists need to be aware of this increased activity and exercise caution and patience. With planting season underway in […]

Osprey Nesting Season

Amanda Taylor, Forestry and Natural Resources Agent March heralds an exciting time for many South Carolina birders: it’s osprey nesting season!  An osprey pair nesting in the Everglades (From Diana Robinson, Flickr) Ospreys are unique birds of prey found all over the planet. Whether in South Carolina or South Australia, there is only one species […]

Spring Start-Up: Check the Pivot!

Becky Davis, Savannah Valley Water Resources Agent As plans for the upcoming growing season move into equipment maintenance, be sure to include the irrigation systems! The first step is to assess the electrical safety. Before touching any part of the system or even limbs that have fallen on the structure, be sure that it has […]

Earth Science

Felicia C. Cunningham, Senior Extension / 4-H Agent and Glen Payne, Horticulture Agent On February 13, 2024, Mr. Glen Payne (Horticulture Agent) and Felicia Cunningham (4-H Agent) visited Thomas Heyward Academy in Ridgeland, S.C., to discuss Earth Science.  We had the opportunity to explain Clemson Extension role in the county with Mrs. Harvey’s 7th grade […]

Starting Vegetable Seeds for Spring Planting

Glen Payne, Urban Horticulture Agent The days are getting longer, and the ground is warming up as spring comes around again. Now, it’s time to get busy planting containers with vegetables. Last week was an opportunity to visit the Seed & Feed store to pick out the vegetable seeds for a new promise of hope […]

Beaufort Junior Leadership Awarded $1,500.00 Grant

Meghan Barkley, 4-H Youth Development Agent Beaufort Junior Leadership received a $1,500 grant from the Foundation for Leadership Education (FLE).  FLE supports leadership education and promotes leadership awareness.  The program was recognized during the Lowcountry Lifetime Achievement Awards program held in January 2024.  Beaufort Junior Leadership is a program offered by Clemson University Cooperative Extension […]

Soil Sampling: A Simple Way to Prepare Your Garden for Spring

Ellen Sturup Comeau, Water Resources Agent February is here, and we are starting to see signs of spring! Amidst the cold and rain, we’ve had a few days of warmer, sunny weather, with many of us all dreaming about growing gardens. Luckily, it’s an excellent time of year to start preparing for early April’s planting […]

Partner Highlight: Heritage Community Farm

Amanda Taylor, Forestry and Natural Resources Agent Radishes harvested from the middle school One of the unique projects to spring from the Beaufort County Senior Leadership program is Heritage Community Farm, a nonprofit dedicated to fighting food insecurity in Northern Beaufort County. Headed by previous Senior Leadership participants, this group of volunteers established a farm […]

Beaufort County EFNEP (Expanded Food & Nutrition Education Program)

Patti H. Chapman, Nutrition Educator – Clemson University Over 140 students recently completed the “Choose Health: Food, Fun, and Fitness” (CHFFF) program.  These eight groups of third graders learned how to choose healthy snacks, read nutrition facts labels, develop healthy eating habits, increase physical activity, practice safe food handling, and prepare healthy dishes. One of […]

Christmas Gifts for Farmers That Promote Farm Safety

Marion Barnes Senior County Extension Agent – Clemson University When choosing Christmas gifts for a farmer, think of farm safety. Protecting their health and safety is a priceless gift that one can give in the form of safety equipment for use on the farm. Small items that make a farmer’s life easier and safer include […]