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NC Cooperative
Extension Service Announces Strategic Plan

The Cooperative Extension Service at NC State outlines its vision for restructuring over the next 22 months by targeting its strengths and improving access to services across the state.

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NC Cooperative Extension Service_Conference Listening Session_11-6-13

NC Cooperative
Extension Service Announces Strategic Plan

The Cooperative Extension Service at NC State outlines its vision for restructuring over the next 22 months by targeting its strengths and improving access to services across the state.

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NC Cooperative Extension Service

Foothills Farm
School

The demand for locally grown food continues to grow despite a faltering economy.  Direct sales from farms to consumers grew 215% from 1992-2007. The average farmer in NC is 57 years old and looking forward to retirement. We need new farmers to meet the demand for locally grown food in North Carolina. More and more families are looking at ways to supplement their incomes and put their land into something productive. Quite often, I’m faced with the question, "I have some land that I want to do something with... but I don't know what.  Can you tell me what I can grow and make some money?"  This is an open-ended question, because the success of an agricultural venture really depends on the market and the operator. A successful business starts with a good plan and lots of research, and agriculture is no different. In response to this situation, Cooperative Extension Agents from several counties have developed The Foothills Farm School, a training program for beginning and transitioning farmers. The six-month educational program focuses on operating successful small-scale, sustainable farms. The school offers six seminars taught by agricultural professionals, which give farmers the tools to develop sustainable farming operations.  Session topics include business planning, marketing, and fruit and vegetable production, among others. The school also includes six field trips to working farms, led by innovative, experienced farmers and agricultural professionals. Participants learn low-cost, sustainable farming methods in a range of production systems, including fruits, vegetables, livestock, and specialty crops. Classes meet at the Catawba County Extension Center on the first Tuesday of the month beginning in January from 6 to 8:30 pm. Farm field days are typically on the fourth Thursday of the month from 9 am to 3 pm.  Farm field days will take place at various farms throughout the Foothills. Space is limited. Registration deadline is Friday, December 6, and costs are as follows: one person, $250; two people, $300; families of three or more, $350. The application can be found at this link. For more information, contact the Caldwell Cooperative Extension Service by visiting http://caldwell.ces.ncsu.edu or calling 828-757-1290.

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NC Cooperative Extension Service

2014 4-H Calendar

2014 Calendar 4Hhttp://www.ces.ncsu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/2014-Calendar-4H.pdf

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New Strawberry
Diagnostic Tool

An interdisciplinary team of  NC State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences extension specialists have created a new, mobile-friendly, database driven tool to help strawberry growers visually diagnose disorders. The new Strawberry Diagnostic Key provides a way to filter by visual characteristics to identify problems. Results include details about the disorders and possible management strategies. The Strawberry Diagnostic Key was developed with funding in part from the Strawberry Sustainability Initiativethe Walmart FoundationUniversity of ArkansasSouthern Region IPM CenterNorth Carolina State University Cooperative Extension Service and the North Carolina Strawberry Association.

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Register Now for Farm Tax Workshop

The Chatham County Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension will offer a workshop on Tax Issues for Diversified Farmers from 1:00-5:00 pm on Monday September 22 at the Silk Hope Farm Heritage Center in Silk MORE » – from   Growing Small Farms

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4H Farm to Fork Summer Camp

Farm to School programs have become a popular way of teaching youth about agriculture and healthy eating, while also supporting farmers through using local food in school cafeterias. According to the National Farm MORE »

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The Farmers Market Diet

The farmer’s markets throughout the county are in full swing now and June is the perfect month for catching a variety of fresh local produce. You can still get the last bits of MORE »

2014 Beef Expo & Lamb Show

June 27 & 28, 2014 Hickory American Legion Fairgrounds Click here for 2014 Lamb Show Rules & Entry Form lambgoat14rules Click here for 2014 Beef Expo Rules & Entry MORE »

Eat, Drink & Be Local

Everyone is invited to Eat Drink and Be Local in Catawba County on May 18th-24th. You can join in by enjoying a meal featuring local foods at one of the participating restaurants, shopping MORE »

4-H Mini-Garden

4-H Mini-Garden 4-H Mini-Gardens – Youth ages 7 and older are invited to register to participate in the 4-H Mini-Garden project this spring.  4-H membership is not required to participate. Youth registered for MORE »

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Catawba County to Host Community Food Councils Webinar

Catawba County will be hosting the Community Food Councils: Challenges and Opportunities webinar, led by the UNC School of Government in partnership with the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) and the NC Division of MORE »

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EVENTS View All
Utilizing Woody Biomass for Energy: Policy, Perspectives and Practice Wed Aug 27, 2014
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM Where:
Iredell County Extension Center, 444 Bristol Dr., Statesville, NC 28677
— 5 days away
Catawba Valley Cattlemen's AssociationTue Sep 9, 2014
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM— 3 weeks away
4-H Open House and Summer CelebrationSat Sep 13, 2014
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Where:
Agricultural Resources Center
— 3 weeks away
Catawba Valley Beekeepers AssociationMon Sep 15, 2014
7:00 PM - 9:30 PM Where:
Agricultural Resources Center
— 4 weeks away
Catawba Valley Cattlemen's AssociationTue Oct 14, 2014
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM— 2 months away
Catawba Valley Beekeepers AssociationMon Oct 20, 2014
7:00 PM - 9:30 PM Where:
Agricultural Resources Center
— 2 months away
Catawba Valley Cattlemen's AssociationTue Nov 11, 2014
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM— 3 months away
Catawba Valley Beekeepers AssociationMon Nov 17, 2014
7:00 PM - 9:30 PM Where:
Agricultural Resources Center
— 3 months away
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