Welcome to The
Garland County, Arkansas
Cooperative Extension Service
We are part of the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service’s statewide
network and the University of Arkansas System’s Division of Agriculture. Our mission
is to provide research-based information through non-formal education to help all
Arkansans improve their economic well-being and the quality of their lives. Whether
it is agriculture, 4-H, health and living, or community development, the Garland County
Extension Office is at your service!
Special Needs Rodeo
Cool Clovers 4-H Club held their first “Special Needs Rodeo” event at the Garland County Fairgrounds. Around 100 kids from Lakeside, Lake Hamilton, and First Step attended a fun-filled day of stick horse barrel racing, goat undecorating, horse shoe throwing, face painting, mock “bull riding”, and petting real live horses!
The Cool Clovers Club hosted the event as a community service project for their club members. Thank you so much, Cool Clovers members and adults, for making this a wonderful day for the kids you served, and thanks to all the other county 4-H’ers who joined in to help! The event was a HUGE success. Every teacher we have had contact with since the event happened said the kids had a blast!!!
For more information, contact Jimmy Driggers, Garland County Agriculture Agent and Staff Chair.
Chefs in the Making!
Congratulations to 4-H Members, Jazzlan R. and Jordan W. They represented Garland County as they competed in the State Dairy Foods Contest at the Little Rock State Fairgrounds.
This annual event was sponsored by Arkansas Farm Bureau, Southwest Dairy Museum, and Arkansas Dairy Cooperative Association. Jazzlan competed against state finalists in the Party Idea Category, while Jordan competed against state finalists in the Main Dish Category. Jordan won first place and Jazzlan won third place. Garland County 4-H is very proud of these girls!!
Photo: Jordan W. and Jazzlan R. in the kitchen
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Do You Want to be a Garland County, Arkansas Master Gardener?
You don't have to be a gardening wizard to become a Master Gardener through the Cooperative Extension Service. In January of every year, Garland County holds a forty-hour training program for new Master Gardener Interns. The program runs one eight-hour day per week for five weeks. There is a cost for this program to cover the printed materials, daily lunches, your permanent name tag, and your first year's membership dues. At the end of this training period, you need to put in 40 hours of project time and 20 hours of educational time in the ensuing year to qualify as a certified Master Gardener. From then on, there is an annual requirement of 20 project hours and 20 learning hours. That's all there is to it. For more information on becoming a Master Gardener, contact Allen Bates, Garland County Horticulture Agent.
Photo: Garland County Master Gardeners at the Courthouse
Sew with Cotton Contest
Do you like to sew? Arkansas Farm Bureau is sponsoring the annual "Sew with Cotton" contest. To get qualifiers, the Garland County Extension Service will be hosting a county contest open to both youth and adults. Judging for the county contest will take place during the Garland County Fair in September. The winner of each of three categories will qualify for the state contest which will be held during the annual Arkansas Farm Bureau State Convention in December. Click here to download an Entry Form and Information Booklet. For more information on this contest, contact Jessica Vincent, Garland County Family and Consumer Sciences Agent. The Garland County Cooperative Extension Service is located at 236 Woodbine (the corner of Hazel and Woodbine). Call (501) 623-6841 or (501) 922-4703.
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