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.

Free Monthly Gardening Class

From February through November, Athens-Clarke County Extension holds a free gardening class each month.  Taught by Master Gardener Extension Volunteers, these classes take place in the auditorium of the Athens-Clarke County Library (2025 Baxter St.) 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 next class in the series, “Herb Gardening", will be held on Wednesday, July 17th from 6-7:30 pm.  Attend this free workshop as we explore the satisfaction of growing herbs. We will be discussing the basic requirements of growing culinary herbs including tips for growing in containers.  We will also cover when and how to harvest your herbs, ideas for usage and best methods for preservation.  Gardeners of all skill levels are welcome.  Please register by Tuesday, July 16.    


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