Ray Covington Superintendent
Georgia Mountain Research and Education Center

Georgia Mountain Research and Education Center

195 Georgia Mountain Experiment Station Rd., Blairsville, GA, 30512

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Our Work and Priorities

The Georgia Mountain Research and Education Center lies in the uppermost part of the state in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Established in 1930, the 415-acre station provides research support for agriculture specialists who in turn, provide support to farmers in the mountain region, giving them information applicable to the area with its own distinct soil and climatic conditions. The campus resides in USDA Zone 7A, having a shorter 180-day growing season with an average rainfall of 57 inches.

Current research focuses on commodities including apples, grapes, blueberries, field corn, sweet corn, soybeans, fescue, clover, orchard grass, alfalfa, ryegrass, tomatoes, various ornamentals and beef cattle. The climate is perfect for evaluating cold hardiness for new cultivars that include Alfalfa, Crape Myrtle, Vitex, Abelia, Bermuda, Centipede and Zoysia turf grasses. Additionally, UGA graduate students often conduct their own research at the center. To learn more, check out the Virtual Field Day where you will here from scientists and the work they do here at GMREC.

Most of the campus is closed to visitors except during designated tours but there are gardens the public can visit. Visitors can check in at the office and then tour the ethno-botanical gardens. Georgia Mountain REC serves several school groups annually with the help of the Community Council. This group also promotes educational seminars and maintains a public garden on the campus.

If you need assistance with landscape and/or farming decisions, contact your local county agent. Here in Union County it is Jacob Williams, located at the Civic Center. Union County Extension Office

About us



Seminars and Programs link- click here to see a list of all the programs scheduled this season!

The Gardens are open with our amazing tour guides May through September, Mondays from 9-12. The Gardens are open to the public year-round during regular business hours.



We investigate the latest production and technological practices, striving for producer profitability and sustainability.
Research and Education Centers (RECs) are hubs for innovation and discovery that address the most critical issues facing agricultural production throughout the state. Ultimately, our findings are shared with stakeholders through the extension and outreach efforts of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.
Salt marshes, like this one on Jekyll Island, are vital parts of the ecosystem for oysters along the Georgia coastline. (Photo by Chris Greer) CAES News
Sustainability is a shore thing
University of Georgia alumnus Zachary Brendel gives new life to discarded things. You can see it throughout the streets of downtown Athens — from an old tire store that glows with reimagined life as Creature Comforts brewery or an audio recording school operating at full tilt within a converted shoe store. Both are revitalization projects completed by Athens-based Character Built Construction, which was co-founded by Brendel.
Tiger Mountain Winery CAES News
UGA Extension helps burgeoning Georgia crop industries bear fruit
When Cassandra and Gary Wiseman bought 185 acres of land in rural Jackson County, Georgia, they envisioned preserving the land through sustainable forestry stewardship. Over the next decade, they recognized the abundance of naturally growing muscadine vines throughout the property. This bounty ultimately sparked the dream of operating a vineyard and winery on the property.

CAES Events

The Preventive Controls Rule requires that each facility have Preventive Control Qualified Individuals for the development and implementation of Hazard Analysis and Risk-based Preventive Controls for Human Foods. This course provides the required training. The curriculum is designed for food industry professionals with responsibility for the development and implementation of a food safety plan. Attendees who complete the course will be recognized as Preventive Controls Qualified Individuals (PCQI). This two-and-a-half-day course was developed by the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance, a broad-based public-private alliance created by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Illinois Institute of Technology’s Institute for Food Safety and Health (IFSH) in cooperation with the Association of Food and Drug Officials. This training will take place in Athens, Georgia on November 29th - Dec. 1st.   Registration closes on 11/22 at 4:00 pm. 
Nov 29
11/29 8:00AM - 12/01 12:00PM Preventative Controls Qualified Individuals Workshop Food Science, ATHENS, GA
Private event.
Nov 30
11/30 7:00AM - 12/02 5:00PM GA Milestones EOC Assessments UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center, Tifton, GA
Photovoltaic Solar Panels and Greenhouse Crop ProductionParker Persons, MS research proposalpresenting from the Athens campus Wednesday, November 303:00pm – 3:30pmThree available in-person meeting locations. 1205 Miller Plant Sciences (Athens), 111 Student, Learning Center (Griffin), and the Conference Room-Horticulture building (Tifton) Email mariatwedt@uga.edu for zoom link which is only provided to UGA personnel, students and colleagues.
Nov 30
3:00PM - 4:00PM Horticulture Graduate Seminar: Photovoltaic Solar Panels and Greenhouse Crop Production Miller Plant Science, ATHENS, GA