Athens-Clarke County Extension

About Athens-Clarke County Extension

Athens-Clarke County Extension is the local office of the statewide County Extension System. It is a cooperative venture between the Athens-Clarke County Unified Government and the University of Georgia. Athens-Clarke County Extension provides education and information for all citizens of Athens-Clarke County in the areas of agriculture, horticulture, the environment, families, food and nutrition, and financial security.

Our mission is to extend lifelong learning to Georgia citizens through unbiased, research-based education in agriculture, the environment, communities, youth, and families.


Would you like to know how to can vegetables, what the weed is growing in your yard, or maybe when you can sign up for 4-H? If you have questions like these and would like an answer through email, ask an expert.

Green Thumb Lecture Series

From February through November, Athens-Clarke County Extension is offering free monthly gardening classes.  These classes take place at the Athens-Clarke County Extension office (275 Cleveland Road) from 6:00 -7:30 p.m. 

Intended for gardeners of all experience and skill levels, the monthly classes will cover a variety of topics such as seasonal vegetable gardening, composting, beekeeping, and more. Registration is required.

August session:  The subject for our August 12 session is "Fall Vegetable Gardening".  This session will be presented by one of our Master Gardeners via Zoom. In this session we will explore which vegetables are well suited for our fall climate as well as general guidelines for vegetable gardening.  The Zoom meeting will open at 5:45 pm and we will have the lecture and questions until 7:30 pm.  Please make sure to register by August 11 in order to receive a reminder email and any handouts or class materials.  The zoom link is:  We hope you can attend!  For any questions, please email Laura Ney at  

September session:  The subject for our September 9 class, presented via Zoom, will be Beginning Beekeeping. Join us to explore information regarding starting and maintaining a hive.  Discussion will include necessary equipment and supplies, costs, commitments, and benefits of beekeeping. Please register by September 8.