Mission & Policy Statement

Mission & Policy Statement

The mission of the Clemson Extension Home & Garden Information Center (HGIC) is to provide South Carolina residents with a source of accurate, dependable and unbiased information via a toll-free number (1-888-656-9988) and a comprehensive web site (hgic.clemson.edu). This service is designed to complement the network of county Extension agents, Ag assistants and volunteer Master Gardeners by freeing the agents to deal with commercial agriculture and horticulture questions and to conduct programming for larger audiences. The HGIC provides nearly 600 fact sheets on horticulture, food safety, and nutrition for distribution to residents.

It is our policy to assist homeowners and landscape professionals in the following areas:

  • Lawns
  • Landscaping
  • Gardening
  • Plant diseases
  • Plant insect pests
  • Household pests
  • Nuisance wildlife
  • Food safety
  • Food preservation

The HGIC is NOT staffed to answer questions involving:

  • Commercial agriculture (row crops)
  • Commercial ornamental horticulture (including sod farms, tree farms, golf courses, nurseries, and greenhouses)
  • Commercial fruit and vegetable horticulture
  • Ponds and pond weed control (fact sheets are available)
  • Pastures
  • Livestock and poultry
  • Pets
  • Wildlife food plots
  • Timber and wood lot management
  • Identifying mushrooms
  • Medical issues (rashes, reactions, poisoning)
  • Household moisture and mildew problems
  • Clothing and textiles
  • Stain removal
  • Special diets

The HGIC has been serving the residents of South Carolina since 1999.

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