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Workday will be held next Saturday
Pictured from left are 4-H Foundation Regional Extension Agent Janet Lovelady, Soil & Water Committee Chairperson Spencer Hardy, Roger Mooney, and Ricky Porch. Photo submitted
Pictured with some members of the 4-H Afterschool Club at the 4-H Clubhouse in Hanover are 4-H Foundation Regional Extension Agent Janet Lovelady, Soil & Water Committee Chairperson Spencer Hardy, Roger Mooney, and Ricky Porch. Photo submitted
Special to the News
The orchard at the 4-H Clubhouse on Central School’s campus is getting much-needed improvements, thanks to services provided by multiple municipalities and a generous sponsorship from the Coosa County Soil & Water Conservation District.
Last month, the Coosa County Forestry Service and the Coosa County Road Department collaborated to clear two large trees that had fallen across the orchard.
With the trees cleared, the 4-H youth can revitalize the garden area for educational and entrepreneurial opportunities. Coosa County Soil & Water provided $1,000 in funding to support the project.
Coosa County 4-H and Extension staff plan to use the sponsorship to put in new trees and plants, repair the fencing around the orchard and install additional raised garden beds. The orchard will be used to conduct educational programs for the youth to learn and practice important gardening skills.
Extension agents and 4-H staff will teach food preservation skills with the harvest from the garden. Long range plans include an entrepreneurial program in which the 4-H youth sell the produce they grow and the food products they make.
Help us get the project started! The community is invited to participate in a workday at the orchard on Saturday, February 26, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Please bring garden tools and equipment (shovels, rakes, clippers, chainsaws, weed eaters, lawn mowers, tiller, tractor), as well as equipment to make repairs (drills, hammers).
Donations of fruit trees, plants or seedlings are welcomed (fig, muscadine, blackberry, blueberry, strawberry, plum).
Coosa County 4-H programs are open to youth ages 9-18 that live or attend school in Coosa County. For more information, contact the Coosa County Extension Office at 256-377-4713 or Janet Lovelady, 4-H Foundation Regional Extension agent, at 256-284-3572 or firstname.lastname@example.org.