Give the gift of gardening this Christmas! It is the perfect time to register you or your loved one for some basic home gardening classes in 2018. Learn a little, grow a lot! Gain valuable information on everything from site selection to soils and fertility, pest ID and management to harvest and storage tips. Plus, learn how to be successful growing specific crops in your garden.
For a limited time, receive BOTH the GROWing Great Gardens series AND the Gardener's Toolshed series for only $48.00. This is a 20% reduction on the GROWing Great Gardeners series, PLUS you get the five Gardener's Toolshed classes FREE (an additional $25.00 savings)!
This offer is only good through December 31st. After that, prices increase...so take advantage of this great offer just in time for Christmas...
Check out the "early bird" special here:
REGISTER SOON! This deal won't last long...
We are excited to announce the arrival of new two new employees at the UT Extension Office. Sabrina Beal has joined our team as the 4-H Youth Development Extension Agent in Greene County, and Sherry Barkley has joined us in Administration. Both are eager to meet and assist residents in Greene County.
Sherry Barkley is the newest Administrative Team Member for the Greene County Extension Office. She comes with over twenty-three years of State Service, and is very excited to continue her career with the University of Tennessee. She resides in Tusculum with her husband, Sid, who is currently serving in the United States Army, along with their two children, Tanner and Madison.
Sherry is very active with the youth at the Union Freewill Baptist Church in Ottway where they do many outreach and community activities throughout the year. Sherry and her husband feel honored to be involved in school activities/sports at Chuckey Doak High School.
Sherry believes a strong family begins at home, and that being a part of a wonderful community helps mold character. She possesses the dedication, drive, and determination to make this journey in her new role in Extension the best for Greene County. She is anxious to meet the great folks of Greene County and serve the needs of our great communities.
Sabrina Beal joins our team as the 4-H Youth Development Extension Agent. Sabrina is a 2016 graduate of Morehead State University where she obtained a B.S. in Agribusiness. She has a solid educational foundation and a passion for youth and agriculture. Sabrina is excited to be an employee for the University of Tennessee in the Greene County Extension Office where she will be able to stay involved in the agriculture industry while working with the youth of tomorrow. Her goal is to provide great service to the community and become successful in the areas she is most passionate.
During her childhood involvement in 4-H and FFA, Sabrina spent her summers working with her livestock projects. Since beginning her showing career showing at a mere nine years old, she knew she wanted a career in the agricultural industry. After college graduation, she immediately started working for Sexing Technologies serving as an Embryo Technician performing various activities, searching, freezing, grading, and thawing embryos. Soon after, she accepted a position at the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau - MSC Services as an Account Supervisor. Because Sabrina’s true passion is working with youth, she was ready to further her career by providing the same opportunities to youth that she once had in 4-H.
Throughout her involvement in the agriculture industry, she has learned how to communicate, interact, and create relationships. Sabrina is dedicated to providing the highest quality of service at all times. She is highly motivated, continually achieving success in her endeavors. She will eagerly strive to do the same for Greene County as the 4-H Extension Agent.
Sabrina is well spoken, energetic, confident, and personable, all traits which make her the type of person on whom you can rely. She is committed to getting the job done and looks forward to meeting and serving your needs! If you have any question or concerns, please feel free to contact her at the UT Extension Office.
Please join us on Monday, November 20, 2017 as we welcome both Sabrina and Sherry to the UT Extension, Greene County team. Both look forward to meeting the youth, parents, volunteers, and clientele of Greene County! Please drop-in and meet the newest additions to UT Extension, Greene County!
Light refreshments served from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm at the UT Extension Office at 204 N. Cutler Street, Greeneville, downstairs in the County Courthouse Annex.
UT Extension offers programs in agriculture and natural resources, 4-H Youth Development, family and consumer sciences, and resource development. University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, U. S. Department of Agriculture and county governments cooperating. UT Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment.
The 2018 Big Spring/UT Extension Greene County Master Gardener classes will begin on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 and continue through May 15th (there are snow dates built into this schedule). All sessions held on Tuesday evenings from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., at the Greene County UT Extension Office. The fee for the program is $175.00, which includes an extensive 800 plus page Master Gardener Textbook, your name badge, hand lens, and other related materials. Two partial scholarships awarded on an as needed basis. Apply HERE!
Tennessee Master Gardeners (TMG's) are trained volunteers who help the UT Extension Office provide information and educate the public in home horticulture. Prospective TMG’s attend 40 hours of horticultural classes and are required to volunteer 40 hours of community service through the Extension Office to complete their training. The University of Tennessee sponsors the Tennessee Master Gardener Program. See schedule HERE...
The main goal of the Master Gardener program is to enhance the availability of horticultural information and to improve the quality of life within community gardens and landscapes through educational programs. These volunteers aid the UT Extension Office by managing the Master Gardener lab located at the UT Extension Office. They provide requests for UT horticultural information; establish and maintain demonstration gardens throughout the county; work with the handicapped, youth, the elderly (as well as aiding other special groups in the community), and design and implement community involvement projects. They also coordinate educational Master Gardener programs for the public on various horticultural related topics.
Some programs the Big Spring Master Gardeners are currently involved with include the Boys and Girls Club Demonstration Garden, New Hope Cemetery Restoration and Landscape Project, and the Tabernacle Mission Soup Kitchen Demonstration Garden located at Tabernacle Presbyterian Church. They also participate in the local county fair, Kid’s Day on the Farm, and various venues throughout the county promoting horticulture projects. They host a plant sale consisting primarily of heirloom tomatoes and herbs each spring, and a “Farm 2 Fork” in the summer promoting locally grown food products. They also attend various educational demonstrations and conferences throughout the year to facilitate individual leadership growth and enhance the educational experience for the overall organization.
This program is open to anyone wishing to attend regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, disability or veteran status and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Applications, as well as a class schedule can be picked up at the UT Extension Office or printed from the website below. Applications accepted through December 1, 2017. Full payment expected by December 31, 2017, upon acceptance into class. Contact Melody Rose, Master Gardener Coordinator/UT Extension Agent, at (423) 798-1710.
Please join us on October 30 from 11 AM to 2 PM for a hands-on produce safety workshop on post-harvest handling and sanitation. Whether you are new to growing or an experienced grower, there will be something for everyone! The workshop will include a FREE lunch and items related to post-harvest handling and sanitation to take home and begin using on your farm!
REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED TO ASSURE WE HAVE ENOUGH FOOD AND RESOURCE MATERIALS FOR EVERYONE. Please register here and see the attached flyer for more information.
This will be the first workshop in a series of six across the state on a variety of produce safety topics.
Please find more information about all six here.
Happy fall y'all!
This year UT Extension is taking part in the scarecrow contest that gives businesses and organizations the chance to show off their crafty side. It's also a great opportunity to visit your local Extension office! Voting starts October 3rd and runs through October 22nd. Please submit your votes at the email below and include the entry number #1 to vote for us!
Master Gardener's hosted a Farmer's Market of sorts for the youth at the Boys and Girls Club last week. They were allowed to "shop" for produce to take home. All the produce was grown in the garden at the Boys and Girls Club...
A “Tennessee Smart Yard” is beautiful, earth-friendly, and saves money! Learn how to create one during the Greene County Short-course Series. You will receive valuable resources and tools to help you measure your progress toward a “Tennessee Smart Yard” — one inch at a time...
Instructors: Wolf Spendel, Virginia WIlliams, Jeff Gilliland, and Melody Rose
Understanding production practices, proper business planning and risks are important considerations for any farm business says Hal Pepper, financial analysis specialist with University of Tennessee Center for Profitable Agriculture. “Poultry farmers who understand the exemptions and regulations associated with direct marketing processed poultry are in a better position when it comes to evaluating value-added opportunities.”
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In August, Pepper along with Adam Hopkins from UT Extension, will present a workshop designed to help poultry farmers learn the basics of backyard poultry production and how to manage the risks of on-farm poultry processing.
The workshop “Backyard Poultry 101” will present information about raising poultry, USDA poultry exemptions, considerations of getting started, marketing and labeling requirements and business management. The workshop is designed for small poultry farmers who want to raise birds and for those who want to consider processing their birds and direct marketing the meat.
“Backyard Poultry 101” will be held on August 28th at the Greene County Extension Office
There is no registration fee, but pre-registration is required as space is limited and breakfast is provided.
The workshop will begin at 9 a.m., but breakfast will be served at 8:30 AM.
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Have you been noticing slimy green algae in your driveway, flowerbeds, or lawn? This slimy mess typically appeares after several days of warm, wet weather. As more rains fall, accompanied by high temperatures and equally high humidity, growth is encouraged... AND spreads!
This seaweed – like gooey green mass is more than likely Nostoc, a cyanobacteria that can grow on grass, stone, or concrete. Usually it’s “happiest” in low areas that drain poorly, conditions that support a number of unwelcome growths in our lawns and landscapes. Much like mushrooms, certain conditions support its emergence, although it can remain desiccated and dormant in lawn or driveway for weeks and months.
While Nostoc isn’t harmful or toxic, it looks weird and as mentioned, is very slippery. Drier weather and low humidity cause it to retreat, but will likely pop back with the next round of rain showers.
Management options range from baking soda (it really works...I've tried it myself) to removing small infestations with a shovel. Improve drainage and forego irrigation of affected areas may help long-term, (but short-term not so much). Typically soils high in phosphorus will also see a more prevalent growth of this seaweed...
Don't rake! This just breaks up and spreads the algae further. Moss and algae sprays are effective in some situations but even they primarily suppress, not eliminate, the messy goop.