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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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Horticulture
InfoSearches Provide Answers!

Looking for answers to fruit, vegetable, weed or floriculture questions? The NC State University Department of Horticulture invites you to try their powerful, but focused search engines designed to provide answers from the scientific literature, trade and association magazines/websites and NC State University, and archive (repository of literature dating back to the 1800s).  Use these search engines for all of your fruit, vegetable, weed and floriculture questions. Floriculture InfoSearch Fruit InfoSearch Vegetable InfoSearch Weed InfoSearch

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Soil 101: Introduction
to Soil – Online!

Understanding soil is a basic skill needed by anyone interested in agriculture, environmental science, gardening, natural resource management, and water quality. Traditionally, to gain that skill, a person has had to pay college tuition and spend long hours in a classroom. Now, with the power of the internet at your fingertips, the NC Cooperative Extension Service is bringing a first class Introduction to Soil education to your office, dining room table, or local coffee shop. Learn more about this open online course at http://go.ncsu.edu/introduction-to-soil

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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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2014 4-H Calendar

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

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Comment Now on FDA’s New Food Safety Rules popular

From the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA): In September 2014, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released several reproposed sections of food safety regulations originally proposed in January 2013: Standards for produce production (Produce Rule) MORE » – from   Growing Small Farms

Pest Management Survey

Pest Management Needs on Small Farms in North Carolina Dear NC Farmers and Growers, NC Cooperative Extension Service would like to hear from you about your pest management needs. Spend 10 to 15 minutes MORE »

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Local Food Beyond the Farmers Market

The past two decades have seen a nearly five-fold increase in farmers markets across the United States, according to the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service. Other direct-to-consumer marketing outlets, such as Community Support Agriculture MORE »

GROW Workshop for Community Garden Leaders in the Foothills Region

Contact:         Der Xiong Phone:            828-465-8248 Email:             der_xiong@ncsu.edu Event Date:    October 11, 2014 Location:        Catawba County Agricultural Resource Center, 1175 S. Brady Ave, Newton, NC Cost:                    $15-$18 For MORE »

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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 »

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 »

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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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Catawba Valley Cattlemen's AssociationTue Dec 9, 2014
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM— 2 weeks away
Catawba Valley Beekeepers AssociationMon Dec 15, 2014
7:00 PM - 9:30 PM Where:
Agricultural Resources Center
— 2 weeks away
Catawba Valley Cattlemen's AssociationTue Jan 13, 2015
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM— 2 months away
Catawba Valley Beekeepers AssociationMon Jan 19, 2015
7:00 PM - 9:30 PM Where:
Agricultural Resources Center
— 2 months away
Catawba Valley Cattlemen's AssociationTue Feb 10, 2015
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM— 2 months away
Catawba Valley Beekeepers AssociationMon Feb 16, 2015
7:00 PM - 9:30 PM Where:
Agricultural Resources Center
— 3 months away
Catawba Valley Cattlemen's AssociationTue Mar 10, 2015
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM— 3 months away
Catawba Valley Beekeepers AssociationMon Mar 16, 2015
7:00 PM - 9:30 PM Where:
Agricultural Resources Center
— 4 months away
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