Summer of 2023, Glynn and McIntosh Extension hosted Sam Roberson, student of University of Georgia. He will begin his Senior Year in the fall and is working towards his Bachelor’s Degree in Agribusiness. Sam helped all three program areas (Agriculture and Natural Resources, Family and Consumer Sciences, and 4-H Youth) for different programming needs.

Highlights of his time with Agriculture and Natural Resources include:

  • Assisting agent at site visits to community member houses to help diagnose issues with their lawns and landscaping,
  • Attending a Master Gardener Extension Volunteer monthly meeting,
  • Attending a Build-Your-Own Rain Barrel Workshop hosted by Coastal Resources Division of the Department of Natural Resources,
  • Helping to organize and lead the Pollinator Steward Workshop.

His time with Family and Consumer Sciences included:

  • Touring of Hand-in-Hand new tiny homes for the homeless population in Brunswick,
  • Attending the EFNEP (Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program) training for agents and program assistants,
  • Participating in several Lunch-and-Learn educational sessions including: stress in the workplace, work/life balance, budgeting, and understanding nutrition labels

4-H Youth Programming has their most robust programming in the summer. Sam helped at events such as:

  • Preparing First Aid kits for summer camp,
  • Helping with fishing instruction at the 4-H fishing day,
  • Attending Junior Master Naturalist events with McIntosh 4-H at Altama Wildlife Management Area, Jekyll Island, and Sapelo Island,
  • Chaperoning the trip to Summer Waves on Jekyll Island

Each internship comes with a requirement to focus on a research project. After visiting with homeowners and helping them to diagnose issues with their lawns, Sam became inspired to learn more about soil testing and the common impacts to Southeast Georgia lawns. This was the focal point of his research and he presented on July 28 to our State Extension Leadership team.

We are so proud of the hard work Sam has put forth into helping homeowners, community members, and 4-H students this summer!

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