Savannah Valley District

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 […]

Winter is Coming! Insulate Your Water Pipes!

Becky Davis, Savannah Valley Water Resources Agent Despite the recent unseasonal warm weather, it will get colder! Although only the most northern counties of South Carolina have monthly average temperatures below freezing. It only takes a few hours of temperatures below 25 degrees to cause pipes to freeze! So, now is the time to prepare! […]

ATV Safety

Marion Barnes, Senior County Extension Agent All-terrain vehicles (ATVs) are typical on many farms and properties and are helpful for work, recreational use, and other modes of off-road transportation. However, ATVs continue to be a source of injuries and fatalities for youths as well as adult operators. According to the S.C. Department of Health and […]

Proper Hay Sampling Techniques

Written by Livestock and Forages Agents – Nicole Correa, Sallie Thompson, Marion Barnes, Travis Mitchell and Hillary Pope With the fall weather starting to peek through, it is essential to start considering making hay purchases for the winter season. With all the options available, how does one choose? There are multiple grass and legume options, […]

Woods in Your Backyard

Amanda Taylor, Forestry and Natural Resources Agent Introductory lecture by Amanda Taylor The word “woods” often evokes romantic images of vast forests, when really, you probably have some woods in your backyard. Your quarter acre of pine trees or pollinator garden may not be very big, but small landowners play a key role in the […]

Annual Savannah Valley 4-H Market Hog Sale & Awards Program

Meghan Barkley 4-H Youth Development Agent Ehrhardt, SC- Local 4-H members were rewarded for their dedication on Sunday, October 23rd at H&S Stockyards by participating in the annual Savannah Valley 4-H Market Hog Sale & Awards Program.  Participants sold a total of 10 animals with an average price of $1,081 per animal and a high-selling […]

Beaufort County 4-H Junior Master Gardener Program

Meghan Barkley 4-H Youth Development Agent  Beaufort County 4-H is partnering with Coosa Elementary on Lady’s Island to offer the third class of Junior Master Gardeners.  This program was initiated after 35 staff and teachers took the Clemson Extension School & Community Garden online course. Extension staff wanted to keep the teachers and students engaged […]

Help Keep Communities Healthy with Proper Pond Maintenance

Ellen Sturup Comeau Water Resources Agent Beaufort County “A planted shoreline along a stormwater pond. Photo Credit: Guinn Wallover” With autumn’s cooler temperatures now fully here, we can enjoy the last blooms of our Lowcountry landscapes before they become dormant for the winter. While we may be sad to see the purple of sweet grass […]