Agriculture & Natural Resources

This service provides responses to questions concerning lawn, garden, and tree issues. Questions are addressed over the phone, through email, in person, or through a variety of gardening presentations that occur during the year.

This area also administers the Athens Area Master Gardener Program, Junior Master Gardener Programs at local elementary schools, and coordinates environmental education through a Master Naturalist Program. Additionally, pesticide certification credits are available to applicants. Educational portions of the Athens Farmers Market are also administered by this service area. Learn more about services provided in agriculture and natural resources.

Green Thumb Lecture Series

From February through November, Athens-Clarke County Extension will be offering free monthly gardening classes.  These classes take place at the Extension office (275 Cleveland Rd., Bogart, GA) on the designated dates from 6-7:30 pm. 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.

The August 12 Green Thumb lecture will again take place online via Zoom. The topic for this session will be fall vegetable gardening.  We will discuss general guidelines for vegetable gardening as well as the vegetables that are well suited for our area in the fall.  The Zoom meeting will open at 5:45 pm and we will have the lecture and questions until 7:30 pm.  It’s important to register by August 11 to receive a reminder email and handouts for the class.  The zoom link for this class is: https//    If you have any questions, please email Laura Ney at

The September 9 Green Thumb lecture will be presented via Zoom and our subject this month will be beekeeping.  Please register by September 8.

Fall gardening class poster