NOV. 17, 2017
Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black, from left, Georgia Organics Director Alice Rolls, Tift Superintendent Patrick Atwater, Tift School Nutrition Director Vanessa Hayes, Ga. Health Commissioner J. Patrick O'Neal, UGA Extension Dean Laura Perry Johnson and state School Superintendent Richard Woods at the Atlanta ceremony.
GOLDEN RADISH AWARD
TIFT SCHOOLS NAMED 'OUTSTANDING' FOR FARM TO SCHOOL
The Tift County School System has been given the "Outstanding District" Golden Radish Award, the highest level of recognition in the state for farm-to-school programs.
Tift County's School Nutrition Department's mission is to expose, educate and elevate the quality of meals served to 7,600 students in the district's 12 schools.
Its initiative is recognized as one
of the state's most innovative programs focused on agricultural and nutrition education, supporting local farmers and getting students excited to eat healthy and fresh local foods.
Tift County Schools was also recognized at the
Platinum level for its accomplishments during the last school year, which include:
* The School Nutrition Department purchased a
cow from a student and had it
processed by a local community partner. The meat provided meals for
four days to more than
300 students at
* The district supports a
15-acre farm where students learn how to plant, maintain and
crops on a larger scale. Students also learn how to extend the life of their harvest at the county's state of the art
canning facility maintained by an FFA instructor.
* Local farmer
Len Lastinger taught students how to
harvest eggs from the schools' laying hens. The corresponding omelet taste test was a big hit.
Georgia's agriculture, education and public health departments, along with University of Georgia Cooperative Extension and Georgia Organics representatives joined at the Georgia Railroad Freight Depot in Atlanta to celebrate more than 40 percent of Georgia school districts with farm to school programs.
PECAN CROP LOOKING GOOD
Tropical Storm Irma knocked down pecan trees, broke tree limbs and blew nuts off the trees and out of their shucks when it moved through Georgia in September, but a local pecan expert is still optimistic about this year's crop, estimating yields up to 100 million pounds.
Lenny Wells, pecan specialist with the
University of Georgia Cooperative Extension
in Tifton, says t
he pecan harvest is well underway and farmers are taking advantage of dry weather and good prices. As a result, the pecan market softened in recent weeks,
but Wells doesn't expect the price to stay low for long.
"We often see this trend when the nuts really start rolling in every year. The last several years, the
price bumped back up again after a couple of weeks as many growers started holding pecans. I wouldn't be surprised to see this happen again," Wells says.
The crop's development was
ahead of schedule by about
10 days this year. All varieties are currently being harvested, and because of the early timing of nut maturity, Wells expects most of this year's harvest to be completed by early
Before pecans fully mature, they are enclosed in a
green shuck, or husk. When
Tropical Storm Irma moved through on
Sept. 11, a lot of those immature pecans were knocked to the ground, rendering them
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HOLIDAY MARKET, COOKIE WALK
HELPS RING IN SEASON SATURDAY
holiday season is definitely here! This
Nov. 18, s
hoppers can get a jump start on their Christmas list or get stocking stuffers from local vendors selling a variety of home-grown and homemade gifts.
The Wiregrass Farmers Market is hosting its annual Holiday Market from 2-6 p.m. Saturday at the Ga. Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village, while
Peace Lutheran Church hosts its annual Cookie Walk from 9 a.m.-noon at the church's Fellowship Hall at 604 Tennessee Drive.
At the Farmers Market's Holiday Market, there will be locally made and grown holiday gifts, holiday music by Jeff Newberry, hot cocoa and pictures with Santa.
Items available for sale will include
handcrafted soaps, scrubs and bath soaks, handcrafted cards, jewelry, aprons, woodcrafts, herbal remedies, potted plants, and more.
Visitors to the
Market may also purchase a variety of
food items that include artisanal baked goods, locally grown and made jams and jellies, fresh-roasted coffee,
locally produced honey, pecans, pies, cakes, cold pressed unrefined locally made oils and nut flours, and fiber goods.
On Saturday morning, folks can visit Peace Lutheran Church's Cookie Walk where more than two dozen kinds of homemade cookies will be available, along with cakes, breads, German pastries, holiday candies and homemade peanut brittle.
Handmade Christmas ornaments
and many new
will also be
...and a Garden can Attract Them
Jayda Williams creates a butterfly garden while students in the background construct a pergola in Professor Katharine Melcher's edible landscape class at the University of Georgia in Tifton. Students are learning how to incorporate soil, plants, animals and human preferences into their design components; their finished projects will frame the campus' Future Farmstead site.
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CASA PLAYHOUSES POP UP
ALONG LOVE AVENUE
WINNING TICKETS TO BE DRAWN AT HOMETOWN HOLIDAYS
Coastal Plain CASA's annual
Playhouse Fundraiser to benefit the community's
foster children is underway.
Five playhouses have been built and donated, and
$10 tickets are available at
various locations around town.
drawing for the winning tickets will be at
7:30 p.m. Dec. 2 during Tifton's
Hometown Holiday Christmas Celebration.
playhouses can be viewed in front of
First Baptist Church on
Love Avenue. All
proceeds from the ticket sales go toward Coastal Plain CASA (
Court Appointed Special Advocates) for children in foster care.
ROTARIANS TOLD AREA IS A 'HOT SPOT' FOR
||Nancy Bryan speaks to Tifton Rotarians.
Nancy Bryan, executive director of Ruth's Cottage and The Patticake House, on Wednesday told the Rotary Club of Tifton about the many projects under way at the domestic violence prevention program and emergency shelter.
She said the Tifton Judicial Circuit is one of five hot spots in the state for family violence. In the local service area during 2016, there were three domestic violence deaths and 13 deaths in the past four years
, Bryan said.
Also last year, there were 2,407 documented cases of sexual assault in Georgia.
Bryan said the organization's emergency shelter currently must turn away between five and 25 victims of domestic violence each week because of the shelter's limited capacity.
The program is kicking off a capital campaign in hopes of building a larger shelter with administrative offices all under one roof. The board of directors of Ruth's Cottage and The Patticake House have made an initial outlay of $45,000 for the project, and the Tift County Commission has donated the site and agreed to seek a $750,000 Community Development Block Grant, Bryan said.
However, more funds will be needed to complete the project, she added.
MANNA DROP' SATURDAY TO HELP NEEDY
WITH THANKSGIVING DINNER
Students at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College will help to make Thanksgiving dinner a hearty feast when they distribute 450 meals through the annual ABAC "Manna Drop" on Saturday.
Lane Riley, a junior from
Adel, organized the event along with
Madison Woodson, a senior from
Caroline Langdale, a sophomore from
"It's the weekend before
Thanksgiving, and we wanted to
give back to our
community," Riley said. "This is something that
Dill Driscoll had been doing through the
Stafford School of Business, and we wanted to
keep it going."
Riley said the event will begin at
9:30 a.m. Nov. 18 at
Charles Spencer Elementary School in
Tifton. It will continue until all
bags of food have been distributed.
ABAC student volunteers will help direct traffic and give away the food.
community has really gotten behind us on this, and we have a list of like
60 sponsors who are making this happen," Riley said.
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TIPS FOR SAFELY FRYING A TURKEY
holiday turkey can be
tricky. Here are some tips from
UGA experts to help make sure your bird is t
horoughly cooked and your holiday doesn't include a trip to the
emergency room or a call to the
"People who fry turkeys say it produces a moister turkey. And it's quicker," said Elizabeth Andress, a UGA Cooperative Extension food safety specialist. "But in the eyes of safety experts, the typical propane-fueled turkey fryer is a major accident waiting to happen. There are definitely safety issues to consider."
Don't use too much oil
Some of the most serious
injuries are caused by faulty or misused equipment, like
unstable fryer stands,
uninsulated pot handles and or fry pots that have been
Filling the pot too full of oil can cause the oil to
when the turkey is placed in the pot. Spillovers at cooking temperatures can cause
, Andress warns.
Food safety by the fryer
"You have to be sure all the harmful
bacteria have been killed," Andress said. "The only way to do this is to
temperature of the cooked turkey in several places with a
First, heat the oil to
365 to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. This usually takes
45 minutes to an
Next, add your turkey and allow the oil to return to
365 to 375 degrees. Whole turkeys require about
3 minutes per pound to cook. To be sure your bird is safely cooked, she said, the temperature must reach at least
165 degrees in the thickest part of the breast. Some cooks prefer the innermost part of the thigh to reach
Andress recommends following these safety steps
- Use propane-fired turkey fryers outdoors, a safe distance from buildings and anything that can burn.
- Never use turkey fryers on wooden decks or inside garages.
- Place the fryer on a flat surface to reduce the risk of accidental tipping.
- Never leave the fryer unattended.
- Never allow children or pets near the fryer. Even after use, the oil inside the pot can remain dangerously hot for hours.
- Don't overfill the fryer.
- Use well-insulated potholders or oven mitts when touching the pot or lid handles.
- Make sure the turkey is completely thawed. Be careful with marinades. Oil and water don't mix, and water causes oil to spill over, which could cause a fire or explosion hazard.
- Keep an all-purpose fire extinguisher nearby. And never use water to extinguish a grease fire.
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FRIDAY, NOV. 17
- Tifton Junior Woman's Club Glow Run, 6 p.m., Northside Baptist Church, Tifton
- Tift County High Blue Devils football playoff @ Hillgrove High Hawks, 7:30 p.m., Powder Springs
SATURDAY, NOV. 18
- Christmas Cookie Walk, 9 a.m.-noon, Peace Lutheran Church, 604 Tennessee Drive, Tifton
- Native American Experience, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Ga. Museum of Agriculture & Historic Village, Tifton
- Toys for Tots with Plant Broadcasting & Santa, noon-4 p.m., Plant TiftNet, 114 Kent Road, Tifton
- Wiregrass Farmers Market's Holiday Market, 2-6 p.m., Peanut Museum, Ga. Museum of Agriculture, Tifton
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