Apple time in North Georgia

Apple time in North Georgia

Local kindergarteners gather round “Johnny Appleseed” during an annual fall program at the Georgia Mountain Research and Education Center in Blairsville. Special photo

More than 700 kindergarten students visited the Georgia Mountain Research and Education Center in Blairsville for its annual Johnny Appleseed program. Held over five days in September, students enjoyed narrated wagon rides through the apple orchards, apple picking, and even had the opportunity to meet “Johnny Appleseed” himself, a local volunteer portraying John Chapman.

This event is staffed by nearly 75 volunteers and is one of many outreach and education programs available to students and adults at this College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences research facility. Each year the center serves nearly 3,000 people through monthly adult education programs and seasonal field experiences for area school children.

The GMRE Center grounds cover 415 acres of orchards, test plots, pasture land, specimen and preservation gardens, historic sites and forests at the southern end of the Appalachian Mountains. The growing season there is similar to that of southern Canada, and UGA faculty use it to conduct ongoing research and education projects.

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