Alan Ray Covington Superintendent
Georgia Mountain Research and Education Center

Georgia Mountain Research and Education Center

Phone: (706) 745-2655
Email: gmrec@uga.edu

The Georgia Mountain Research and Education Center lies in the upper most part of the state in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The 415-acre center was originally leased and later purchased by the University System Board of Regents. Established in 1930 in Union County, the station provided assistance to farmers in the isolated mountain region, giving them information applicable to the area with its own distinct soil and climatic conditions.

The site was selected because of the diverse soils, characteristic of the Blue Ridge Mountains. 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 the major issues found among the commodities of North Georgia which include: apples, grape, blueberries, field corn, sweet corn, soybeans, fescue, orchardgrass, alfalfa, ryegrass, tomato and beef cattle.  In addition, the unique climate is perfect for evaluating cold hardiness for new cultivars that include alfalfa, crape myrtle, vitex, abelia, bermuda, centipede and zoysia turf grasses. The site was selected because of the diverse soils, characteristic of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The campus resides in USDA Zone 7A, having a shorter 180 day growing season with an average rainfall of 57 inches. 

Georgia Mountain REC hosts over 4000 children on campus every year with the help of the Community Council. This group promotes the College through educational field days, adult outreach seminars, and maintaining a public garden on the campus. 

Seven full-time employees maintain research for the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

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